The Kinkaid Homestead Law of 1904 and the opening of the abandoned Fort Niobrara Military Reservation in late 1913 brought large numbers of people to the central plains of Nebraska. This collection contains photographs depicting the crowds that were drawn to the area for these events.
This collection contains four photographic prints of large groups of people standing in line to acquire land. One shows the city street of Broken Bow, Nebraska, when it was still unpaved and muddy, ca.1913. Visible in the background are tents, buildings, and hopeful land owners waiting their turn to claim land. Of special interest is the photograph of Hazel Graham, the first woman to register at the Fort Niob