Family in Front of Sod Home, ca. 1909

Family in Front of Sod Home, ca. 1909

With few trees available for building houses, many early Iowa settlers made houses from sod. This family poses in front of their "sod shanty." ca. 1909.

Used with permission of the State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines.

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