After the Homestead Act of 1862 was passed, the U.S. government gave up to 160 acres of land to interested parties. In exchange, the homesteaders had to agree to live on and farm the land for at least five years. Here in Nebraska, the Homestead Act led to the settling of wild prairie land, which would become the foundation of our agricultural success. Given the homesteaders’ impact on the state and the nation, it only makes sense that we would dedicate a national monument to that very important time in American history.

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Address: 8523 W, NE-4, Beatrice, NE 68310. The monument is open year-round except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. There is no fee to visit.

Find out more about this one-of-a-kind national monument from the National Park Service or the Monument’s Facebook page.

For another unique Nebraska museum, take a look at this article from the archives.

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