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Would Free Land Spur Your Interest in Homesteading?
It is hard to believe that there would be such a thing as free land. The first thought is there must be a catch to it. The good news is that there isn’t. But, you have to be prepared for a homesteading commitment read more…
Nebraska is what is known as a triply landlocked state – not only does it not border an ocean but none of the states it borders touch an ocean and none of their neighbors have ocean access either. But the Cornhusker State is hardly bereft of water. The entire state sits atop the Ogallala Aquifer, a shallow water table that supplies virtually all the drinking water in the High Plains; it is one of the world’s largest aquifers.
On the surface the Ogallala Aquifer feeds Lake McConaughy and its 100 miles of shoreline for land shoppers, including white sand beaches. It also helps sustain the meandering Niobrara River that has been recognized as one of top canoe rivers in the United States.
Nebraska is a marriage of two land forms – the gently undulating hills in the eastern part of the state hard by the Missouri River and the flat tablelands. The east is where most Nebraskans have settled in the main towns of Lincoln and Omaha. Omaha is a perennial atop lists of the “most affordable” cities in America and where billionaire investor Warren Buffett still lives in the five-bedroom stucco house he bought for $31,500 in 1958. Most of the land that changes hands in Nebraska does so in these eastern counties.
The Great Plains take over as Nebraska rolls west, the endless grasslands that define the state in the public imagination. Interspersed amid the great farms are the Nebraska Sandhills, grass-stabliized dunes that occupy a quarter of the state. Useless as cropland, the Sandhills were ignored by everyone but cattlemen until the late 20th century when it was discovered by golf course developers. The grounds here mimic the coastal dunesland where the game was invented in Scotland. Today golf property is among the most sought after in Nebraska.