Types Of Houses Pioneers Used When They Arrived
When the pioneers settled they had to build homes. It was hard for them because they had to get their own supplies and there were many dangers on the way. One very popular house was a sod house. Sod is a mixture of grass and dirt and they let it dry off to get as hard as bricks. Though the problem with that type of house is that it gets very dirty and bugs can creep through. These houses were most popular in the prairies where there were no trees. If you moved in to a forest you would build a log cabin which was easy to make but it was hard to carry the logs around. In the desert since it almost never rained people built houses out of dried clay and those are called adobe houses. Later on the houses were improved by using planks (cut up logs) to make frame houses.

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Kalman, Bobbie. Homes of the West. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company, 1999.