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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

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This photograph shows an example of a dugout home. Early settlers chose dugout homes for various reasons.

KS:1st:2.5

Item Number: 205533
Call Number: FK2.F2 .75 .M *1
Holding Institution: Clark County Historical Society

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