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This photograph shows a sod house built on the homestead of Carl Hector (a relative of Martin and Henry Hector) south of Minot, N.D., circa 1910s. Cass County Historical Society (2007-028-002)

Looking back: Sod houses played significant role as temporary homes

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Settlers and homesteaders often arrived in North Dakota at the end of winter to search for land that was high enough to avoid spring flooding and would begin plowing and planting as soon as possible. This left many farmers without the time or money to build a home until harvest was complete in the fall. Regardless of a profitable crop, lumber was still very expensive and difficult to find on the treeless prairie.


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