- Sod Home
- A man stands in the doorway of a sod home on his farmstead
- Sketch of first schoolhouse
- Immigrants Flock to Iowa
- Come to Iowa
- Immigrant Transportation
- Pioneers Travel in Groups
- Early Travelers Face Danger
- Pioneers Leave Civilization
- Sod Houses
- Interior of Settler Cabins
- Pioneer Children
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Pioneers Leave Civilization
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Their travels had taken them from the forest in the East to the open prairies of Illinois and Iowa. They were leaving behind friends and civilization as they had known it: established cities with their markets, churches, schools and newspapers. Ahead wilderness and unknown hardships. Many settlers assumed that the lack of trees in Iowa meant poor soil—that nothing could grow—but soon this idea vanished as more farmers ventured onto prairies and found the land extremely rich. In Iowa there was little need to clear trees as they had done back East. The open prairie was ready for the plow almost immediately.
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