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In this undated photograph, the L.A. Mead family stands outside their dugout located near Bloom, Ford County. Dugouts such as this, as well as sod houses, were common dwelling places on the high plains of Kansas due to the lack of wood and other natural resources. This family was fortunate enough to have glass windows, wood siding, and a stovepipe; these amenities would have been considered luxuries by many pioneers out west.
Date: Between 1875 and 1889
This photograph shows an example of a dugout home. Early settlers chose dugout homes for various reasons.
Item Number: 205533
Call Number: FK2.F2 .75 .M *1
Holding Institution: Clark County Historical Society
Built Environment - Function - Domestic - Single Dwelling
Built Environment - Materials - Earth
Collections - Photograph
Curriculum - 1st Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - Groups of people (Benchmark 2) - Early Kansas shelters (Indicator 5)
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1860s to 1870s (Benchmark 3) - Challenges of settlement (Indicator 7) - Lack of natural resources
Curriculum - The Kansas Journey - Chapter 6: Welcome to Kansas: "Her Light Shall Shine"
Date - 1870s
Date - 1880s
Home and Family - Families
Home and Family - Residences - Dugouts
Home and Family - Residences - Exteriors
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
Places - Counties - Ford
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Photographs