US History Plains FarmersHardship quote: "I can tell you nothing only that were hear and its strange I wish we had never started ... it seems impossible to get their."-Pamelia FergusA poster advertising cheap land(Posters such as these were posted in public spaces to alert families of available land and promote westward expansion)Why sod houses?The prairielacked standard building materials such as wood or stone; however, sodfrom thickly-rooted prairie grass was abundantWagonThe covered wagon was the most popular means of travel before the transocontinental railroad was linked to the Great Plains. Families packed minimal amounts of food and suppliesTranscontinental Railroad- completed on May 10, 1869. -westward expansion by offering an easier means of transportationBooksMany used readings as a way to combat the BOREDOM and LONELINESS of life in the Great Plains states and escape from their work lives. Western settlers often possessed unauthorized versions of books and storiesDry Farming- broke up tough sod with newly invented steel plows.
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