Prairie Settlement

Nancy Johnson
Charles R. Coon


Look at the picture above.

What do you think it would have been like to be one of the individuals in this picture?

These people all lived on the Nebraska prairie between 1862 and 1912. As you can imagine, life was very different over 100 years ago. How could you learn what it was really like during that time? When you click on the web site right below the picture, you will be able to read letters and see pictures that will help you answer questions about one particular Nebraska family named the Oblingers.
  • Why do you think the Uriah W. Oblinger family settled in Nebraska?
  • What were some of the challenges facing the early settlers of Nebraska?
  • How did geography and climate of the Great Plains affect housing and agriculture?