Located west of Lindsborg, KS is the Hoglund Dugout.
Gustaf Hoglund and Maria Olsen were married in 1871. Living in the dugout they homesteaded 80 acres. They built a small shanty around the dugout, where they lived until 1880. At that time they built a large 2 story 5 bedroom, as their family had grown to 8 children. The home was built to the east of the dugout, which then served as a root cellar. The children never married or moved from the farm. The youngest child, Alma died in 1975.
The dugout was filled with water due to the all the rains and flooding. I’ll return to the dugout when it dries out as I’d like to see all the rock work and how deep it is. The dugout is only a couple miles from Coronado Heights, which is closed due to erosion and the only road being washed out. Miss going there as it’s so beautiful this time of year with all the yucca, spiderwort and butterfly milkweed.
The road was a bit difficult to maneuver before being washed out from all the rain!
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Except now there is a big washout in the road and an area that looks like a slide. There is nothing stating when it will be reopened. Hopefully it won’t be too long.
What a cool photo of an intriguing place. When I hear ‘dugout’ I always think ‘canoe,’ but this is a reminder that there were other kinds of dugouts around. In fact, after reading a short article about their construction, I wonder if some of my ancestors lived in a dugout. My mother’s father’s family lived for a time in Nebraska in what they always called a “soddie” — it may well have begun life as a dugout.
My grandparents had what I called a “cave” that functioned as a fruit cellar and storm cellar. It was dome shaped, but had a lot in common with a dugout: dirt floors, a grass roof, and plenty of spiders to terrify me! Grandpa was a coal miner, though, so a lot of the timbering I remember probably duplicated the construction done inside the mines to keep the roofs from caving in.
It’s going to be fun to see what you find when you go back.