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“Interesting historical place”

Prairie Homestead Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Philip
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Original dirt-sod dug out home and outbuildings built in 1909 by Ed and Alice Brown on their 160 acre claim. Experience farm life as the pioneers did. Dress up as a pioneer if you'd like as you step back to homestead days. Live farm animals and rare white prairie dogs entertain. Video in visitor center. Audio history in sod dug out home.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Interesting historical place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2010

Great example of settlers' lifestyle on the prairie...the rustic sod house/cabin. White prairie dogs also entertaining.

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English first
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386 reviews
171 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“Interesting tribute to the prairie way of life!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2010

This is an interesting stop before you head into the Badlands National Park. Basically, there is a gift shop and then you can exit the back to the prairie sod homestead. This is an original structure apparently. There are detailed signs with information about the Homestead Act, etc. along the way. And also, the site is home to many prairie dogs that pop up every once in a while. Watch for the holes!

1 Thank KentuckyTravelBug80
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So. California
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358 reviews
250 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Worth the stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2009

Located near the Eastern entrance to Badlands National Park, this is an informative location to see an actual sod house built by homesteaders. I'm not sure kids would appreciate the hard life these pioneers lived, but they can purchase nuts in the store to feed the white prairie dogs. It doesn't take too long to see the buildings, but much better than seeing it in books.

2 Thank bglhvn
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