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Homestead National Monument

Photo: Jasperado, Visitors’ Center

Homestead National Monument, located just outside Beatrice, Nebraska, commemorates the Homestead Act of 1862 which gave any US citizen 160 acres of Western Land for free, as long as they lived on and improved the land for 5 years.

The National Monument includes the 160 acres of Daniel Freeman, who filed the very first claim in 1862.

Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival
The annual Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival takes place each May. The 2019 event begins Saturday, May 25 at 10am with a free fiddling workshop. The competition segment of the festival begins at noon. Competitors should register the day of the event. Registration is free.

Key Links

National Register of Historic Places
The national monument was first included in the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966 (ID 66000115).

Homestead National Monument of America

Archaeologists seek to find relics at Homestead National Monument – Lincoln Journal Star
Homestead National Monument plants peach tree

Elsewhere on the Web
Visit Beatrice

Homestead National Monument of America
Homestead Acts


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Nebraska Links


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