Today we’re heading to the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument to visit the Frank Hagadone Homestead site.
The Frank Hagadone Homestead is one of the best preserved homestead complexes along the Missouri River. It is historically significant and the area where the homestead is located looks much as it did 100 years ago. Its inaccessibility has provided a buffer from much of the outside world.
The site also captures the story of the development of the Homestead Act itself. As it became apparent that 160 acres was not sufficient for settlement in arid country, increased acreage became available for agricultural use. The Frank Hagadone homestead is an example of an individual using multiple homestead acts; initially filing on this location as an enlarged homestead, and broadening the claim with a stock raising homestead. The different construction styles provide a glimpse into resource availability from log construction to frame housing.
Learn more about the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument by visiting http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/umrbnm.html
Photos by BLMers Jonathan Moore and Brad Purdy