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Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska's Pioneer Days

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Once President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862, which granted 160 acres of free land to anyone with the grit to farm it for five years, the rush to the Great Plains was on. Solomon D. Butcher was there to document it, amassing more than three thousand photographs and compiling the most complete record of the sod house era ever made.

Butcher (1856–1927) staked his c
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Bison Books
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Bob Nichols
The book is a story about Solomon Butcher and his photographs of Nebraska, particularly Custer County, in the late 19th century – sod houses (from dugouts to two-story edifices), railroads (the first train in Custer County; the building of the Union Pacific), prairie scenes (landscapes, farming), formal portraits and families, belongings (a “pump organ” from the East) and people scenes (hunting, schoolhouses, cowboys), and very young-looking towns.

Though the account of Butcher’s life and the his
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Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A short book about the life of photographer Solomon D. Butcher and his life's work, recording the sod house era on the Nebraska plains. Butcher staked his claim to farmland in Custer County Nebraska in the 1880's with his father and brother but preferred photography to farming and spent much of his time documenting prairie life with his camera. A brief synopsis of Butcher's life and the lives of the plains farmers, ranchers and outlaws together with a few of Butcher's thousands of photographs th ...more
Cindy Crandall
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am researching family history and wanted to learn about early days in Nebraska, soddy houses and taming the prairies. My great-grandfather immigrated from Germany and my grandfather was born in a soddy. This book gave me a great insight into their lives.
Denise Kearney
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has some of Solomon Butcher's photos as well as a web sight to view many many more of life on the prairie when settlers lived in dugouts and sod houses.PBB(O)
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