“They Came to Stay” shows the strength homesteaders needed to thrive
Sherman County homesteaders braved a treeless landscape scoured by pitiless winds. No lumber or stone was easily obtainable, so they lived in the land they had come to farm. Some dug holes in the earth and lived in dugouts. Some cut bricks from sod and built their houses of dirt and grass.
They faced merciless sun and terrible storms. They faced harsh, brutal winters. They faced drought, isolation and financial reverses. Some turned tail and quit. But some persevered. They came to stay.