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The Homestead Act
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Frank Hagadone Homestead, 
Upper Missouri River Breaks 
National Monument

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The Frank Hagadone Homestead is one of the best preserved homestead complexes along the Missouri River. It is historically significant and the area where the homestead is located looks much as it did 100 years ago. Its inaccessibility has provided a buffer from much of the outside world.

The Frank Hagadone homestead also captures the story of the development of the Homestead Act itself. As it became apparent that 160 acres was not sufficient for settlement in arid country, increased acreage became available for agricultural use. The Frank Hagadone homestead is an example of an individual using multiple homestead acts; initially filing filing on this location as an enlarged homestead, and enlarging theclaim with a stock raising homestead. The different construction styles provides aglimpse into resource availability from log construction to frame housing.

The video includes commentary by BLM Archaeologist Zane Fulbright.

Bureau of Land Management, Homestead Act 1862-2012