Chapter 1 and Chapter 2
• Prior to the middle of the nineteenth century, Kansas was called "The Great American Desert."
• In 1854, Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act which opened Kansas to settlement.
• Lured by cheap land, people from all places and economic conditions came to Kansas via boat, stagecoach, covered wagon and eventually the railroad.
• Upon arriving at their land, the homesteaders had to explore their plot to find a place to build their homes.
• The families sought fertile soil, good timber for houses and a source of water which was the most crucial component.
• In wooded regions of Kansas, log cabins were built for homes. For those without a supply of trees, dugouts were literally dug out of hillsides. Another method was a sod house using strips of sod cut from the earth and stacked up like bricks.
• On the prairie a wife was on equal footing...
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