Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sod House



Today we have another picture from Custer County, Nebraska. This one was taken in 1889. The house in the back is interesting. Notice that it appears to be a normal wood frame house that is being turned into a Sod House. I am sure this would help keep the house cozy in the cold Nebraska winters.

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  1. With that sod sideing, I'll bet it was cool in the summer also.
    It looks like it is about 4 or 5 feet thick at the bottom.

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  2. Would the sod have attracted bugs to eat the wooden part of the house?

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  3. Great photo. I wonder how they carried the heavy pieces of sod up so high? I met that was dirty work.
    -Anne K.

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  4. They appear to be sitting at what looks like the end of their driveway in front of the street. Only they didn't call it a driveway in 1889. I'd love to get the exact location and compare it to what it looks like today. It's probably a strip mall with a 7 Eleven. I prefer to think that it's a gigantic profitable farm now, past down through the generations and these people cleared the way for their future relatives to prosper.

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  5. More homes and families of Custer County, Nebraska can be seen on the link attached.
    It's quite a big site.

    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~necuste2/photos.html

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  6. Your photo from yesterday had what looks like sod cut in nice neat strips. Do you think that was for use on a house like the one above. I have watched your photos for but don't comment ofter, thanks.

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  7. I wonder if the lower sod part was built first and years later when that started to deteriorate....that that was when they decided to build a more conventional roof to give added height to the home and protect the structure better.
    Merry Christmas All

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