It is warm outside today,
Very like the first of May
Eastern men I know will start
At the statement, but dear heart,
You can’t tell the months apart
You can hear the wild birds sing
Any time from fall till spring
But the pride and joy of all
Is that cornstalks grow so tall
And the snows melt when they fall
The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) Dec 11, 1897
The Nebraska State Historical Society has many wonderful old pictures on their website. These two images are from the Kimble County Album, but there are several collections to look through at the main link.
Weather Forecasts for Nebraska:
December 11th: A balmy 28 degrees!
December 17th: A little cooler, with a high 16 degrees. Definitely still flip-flops and shorts weather.
There are tons and tons of snow
And the cold winds do not blow
Like a blanket on a floor,
Seven inches deep or more,
Rests the snow at every door
It is packed and solid now
And when farmers come to plow
What a joy to stir the soil
softened, as it were, with oil —
There’ll be crops next year to spoil
How the winter wheat will boom
How the trees will bud and bloom
We can stand the ice and snow
For next summer, don’t you know,
We shall hear the glad corn grow
One more year of golden crops
Will exterminate the pops
Fusion, now has lost its grip,
Cannot make another trip —
Let us not give up the ship
Better days are now in sight
Day dispels the long dark night
Let us hail the rising sun —
Bryan only is undone
And his old “sixteen to one”
The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) Dec 24, 1897
Homesteading is back! Pack up the wagons and head for Nebraska — or one of the other fine states offering free land.
Image from Dan Kalah’s Motorcycle Trip Reports (trip 16)
According to the Yahoo article, 7 Towns Where Land is Free:
The Homestead Act of 1862 is no longer in effect, but free land is still available out there in the great wide open (often literally in the great wide open). In fact, the town of Beatrice, Nebraska has even enacted a Homestead Act of 2010 .
This image also from Dan Kalal’s Motorcycle Trip Reports (trip 11)
From the same Yahoo article:
This 3.266-square-kilometer community of approximately 832 persons in southern Nebraska’s Medicine Valley has the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and an airport three minutes away.
Evidently, the folks in Curtis, Nebraska are offering two different land deals, which are briefly described in the article linked above.