Homestead National Monument of America

Homestead National Monument of America

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Homestead National Monument of America

Nebraska

(406) 243-6933

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Overview

The cry was FREE LAND!! The Homestead Act of 1862 was one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. By granting 160 acres of free land to claimants, it allowed nearly any man or woman a chance to live the American dream. Visit the park and gain understanding on how the Act changed the lives of all Americans and the land. The visitor center facility has expanded the homesteading story with new interactive displays, a magnificent view of the tallgrass prairie as early pioneers might have seen and a one acre parking lot to give visitors a feeling for the enormous task homesteaders faced.

Map of Homestead

Latitude, Longitude: 40.288647, -96.832966

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Activities

  • Hiking

    Many scenic views can be seen while walking the extensive trail system enables numerous activities in this special environment. The 244-acre monument abounds with plant and animal life rarely seen all in one place. The prairie is alive with varied plants and grasses providing refuge to many species of animals. The park also includes a large woodland area with a creek meandering through it, which is habitat for a large variety of wildlife.

  • Historic Sites

    Touring is available.

  • Picnicking

    Visitors are welcome to picnic near the visitor center or off one of the hiking trails.

  • Winter Sports

    When the snow falls, take a snowshoe adventure along the summer hiking trails. You will be amazed at the natural beauty of the prairie in the winter.

Seasonality/Weather

Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The trail system and parking lot are open from dawn to dusk every day the park is open.

Summer Season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) The Heritage Center, Education Center, and other buildings are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fall, Winter and Spring Seasons (Labor Day to Memorial Day)

The Heritage Center, Education Center, and other buildings are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Directions

Driving

The park is 4 miles west of Beatrice on State Highway 4. Enter Highway 4 from Highway 136 at the west edge of Beatrice. Turn north at the Educational Service Unit.

Public Transportation - There is no public transportation available.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 243-6933

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