Soddies were small structures cheaply built out of blocks of sod and rudimentary house fittings. Sod houses were first built when homesteaders began settling towards the western united states.
Sod houses were cheap to build sturdy warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Sod houses. The module includes the interactive activity building a sod house hands on activities and a list of recommended readings related. Sod houses were built by prairie settlers in the united states and canada. To build a sod house you needed the right kind of grass grass that had densely packed roots that would hold the soil together.
The sod house or soddy was an often used alternative to the log cabin during frontier settlement of the great plains of canada and the united states primarily used at first for animal shelters corrals and fences if the prairie lacked standard building materials such as wood or stone or the poverty of the settlers precluded purchasing standard building materials sod from thickly rooted. May 26 2014 explore lenora rogers s board sod houses followed by 430 people on pinterest. The next task was to cut the sod into bricks.
Wood was scarce on the prairie but thickly thatched sod was abundant. Ourstory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring. Learn more about history and science with studies weekly.
Without such a solid base there was the risk of the walls settling inward and the entire structure would collapse. See more ideas about sod pioneer life old west. Even for the walls they had to think out of the box and they decided that laying the sod bricks with the root side up would make the roots grow upward.
In this ourstory module from the smithsonian s national museum of american history entitled life in a sod house students will learn about life on the prairie and in sod houses. Sod house definition a house built of strips of sod laid like brickwork and used especially by settlers on the great plains when timber was scarce. Sod houses or soddies were a common style of dwelling built in the prairies during the second half of the 19th century.
The sod house would settle significantly over time as the sod dried out. Sod refers to grass and the soil beneath it that is held together by the grass s roots. However they were subject to insects and mice infestations and could be severely damaged by weather.
Starting in 1862 people could pay a fee to homestead on a parcel of land and after five years of work the land would be theirs. Although the term sod house. So nebraska settlers would search for fields of buffalo grass little blue stem wire grass prairie cord grass indian grass and wheat grass.