Before the 1870s, the Great Plains was a large unclaimed area where Native Americans resided; the Homestead Act allowed settlers, like us the Brown family to gain a piece of land without pay if we farm for five years.
Our family was looking at public lands that do not belong to anyone known as Open Range. The conditions of the land was cold and had lacked basic and most materials to build us a new home. My pops, Phil Brown, had told us that we would have to take the transcontinental railroad to make it easier to bring our belongings and materials over.
once we got to the land my pops put me to work. We bought the steel plows which would help us to break through the soil; the horse made all the manpower. Then we got started on the Sod House which we cut bricks and used thick clumps of grass and soil to construct it. My sister and ma ended up helping out by beginning to farm and my pa and I put barbed wires around the closure so the cattle don't get out.
Karina Almanza and Yamilin Trejo
My pa and I went and build some groundwater wells, so that we're able to get water
We ended up having to install windmills which would help bring the water to us
Pretty soon after we set up our area we started noticing the Effects of the Settlements. Many neighboring families started clashing with the Natives which soon turned into the Indian Wars. We just wanted peace.