William R. Dowse House

LOCATION Near Comstock
CITY Comstock, NE

The Dowse Sod House, located near Comstock, was built in 1900, utilizing sod “bricks” for wall construction. In 1924 wood-frame wings were added. Teh technology of sod construction facilitated settlement in the Plains, where traditional building materials were unavailable. Perhaps nowhere was the technology more important than in central Nebraska. “Soddies” came to characterize Plains settlement, and while literally hundreds were built, only a few survived the ravages of time. The Dowse Sod House, recently stabilized as a project of the family and the community, is an excellent example of the sod house phenomenon.


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