Homestead National Monument Celebrates Anniversary

Beatrice—The Homestead National Monument took time out Monday afternoon to celebrate it’s 82nd anniversary. The Monument located northwest of Beatrice gave the public an opportunity to learn about the restoration of the last homesteader’s tractor which is on display at the Heritage Center.

Doug Koozer, who serves as the club advisor to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Tractor Restoration Club, was one of several people who last year traveled to Alaska to bring back a tractor that was used by the last known homesteader Kent Deardorf.


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Trisha Hruska, a sophomore at UNL, says she was excited about working on the tractor. Thru out the summer she was seeing photos of the tractor being brought back from Alaska. Work on the tractor began when the fall semester started…


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Hruska, a pre-nursing student from David City, says it was a learning experience for her and other club members…


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Tara Maulsby of Omaha says it was a special project for the club to complete…


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Considering the history behind the tractor she says she was a little nervous about working on the piece of machinery….


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Superintendent of the Monument Mark Engler says the piece of farm equipment has been labeled as Americas Famous Tractor and told those on hand Monday that pieces like the tractor is what makes the Monument alive.


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