Here is your new home:
(Originally published in the 1991 Svensk Hyllningsfest program booklet.)
by Scott Fredrickson and Nancy B. Peterson:
“If you look in the American Heritage Dictionary, you will find the word dugout described as "a pit dug into the ground or on a hillside and used as a shelter."
Although the definition is simple, it says much about early life in the Smoky Valley. If walls and rocks and piles of dirt and debris could talk, we might have the opportunity to learn much about life in rural Lindsborg more than a hundred years ago.
Many of the early settlers spent their first months in dugouts, popular shelters on the prairie. As soon as they could construct more permanent dwellings, the early dugouts became basements, fruit cellars, even dumps. Such is the case of the Hoglund dugout, located just west of Lindsborg."
"Gustaf and Maria Höglund, a young husband and wife from Fernebo, Sweden, created their first home in a simple pit, or dugout, about 6 ft. x 12 ft. in the summer of 1868. They used their wagon as a roof. They lived in the dugout for two years as they built a larger stone structure adjoining the shelter. The dugout and a small part of a corner wall of the larger house remain."
Northeast edge of the Dugout site.
Wild asters near the site.
"This dugout is not handicap accessible!"
I was reminded again of the stout Swedish settlers who dug, hauled, sweated, bled, cried, prayed, lived and died to make a place in Kansas to call home- a home I can appreciate and love even more because of the determination and sacrifices of many immigrants!
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