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This photograph shows the interior of the L. A. Mead family dugout near Bloom, Ford County, clearly illustrating the cramped living conditions that the family endured during their stay in this residence.

Date: Between 1870 and 1890

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This source would work well when paired with the image of the dugout's exterior (also selected for this standard). It would be interesting for students to discuss the hardships presented in this photograph (such as the small, cramped quarters, etc.) as well as the luxuries to determine if the Mead family represented "typical" Kansas settlers on the frontier. This photograph could also be grouped with Emma Smith's reminiscence of life in a dugout.

KS:7th:3.7:Challenges of Settlement (2005)

Item Number: 205534
Call Number: FK2.F2 .75 .M *2
Holding Institution: Clark County Historical Society

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