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Homestead House In 1997, a one and a half story homestead house was moved to the Windmill Museum and Park. This home typifies the frame structure that an early family would have built once they had moved from their "soddy." It is furnished and contains a small corner for windmill memorabilia.

It must seem strange to the ghosts of the little homestead house to suddenly have it settled almost in town: After all, it has only moved once in all of 100 years and then only to be installed on top of a little basement.

This story-and-a-half house was built about 1900, and later purchased by David G. Steinert and his wife, Hannah Ehrlich Steinert, in whose family it has remained to the present. There they raised their four children until about 1927, when they moved into a new house which they had built close by. The homestead house consisted of a lean-to kitchen, living-dining room and the parent's bedroom. Up the very narrow stairway was the large open attic where the four children slept, sometimes waking up to snow sifting down upon their heavy quilts. Curtains strung on wire gave a little privacy to Bertha who had to put up with 3 brothers. A very large closed wooden box was built in the attic to store 50 lb. sacks of flour to tide them over during the winter months.

How charming it all seems now, but how difficult it must have been in 1910.


Address: Junction of U.S. Highway 283 and State Highway 15
Phone: 580-938-2818

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Homestead Museum

Some of the items in the museum came from the people who came by covered wagon to homestead in what is now Ellis County, Oklahoma in the the late 1890s and early 1900s. There are household items (tables, pie cabinet, bed, dishes, more), personal items (powder boxes, watches, mirrors, more)

Shattuck, OK Museums

Windmill Museum and Park

Shattuck Windmill Museum and Park was established in 1994 and now, 37 windmills stand in the park, with no two alike, from a little 5 foot "Star Zephyr" to the big 18 foot "Samson."

Shattuck, OK Museums

Homestead House

In 1997, a one and a half story homestead house was moved to the Windmill Museum and Park. This home typifies the frame structure that an early family would have built once they had moved from their "soddy." It is furnished and contains a small corner for windmill memorabilia.

Shattuck, OK Pioneer History

Half-Dugout

In keeping with the narrow focus of the Shattuck Windmill Museum and Park, a half-dugout has been reconstructed at the park to show how many of the early settlers lived. It is furnished with a small iron stove, table and quilt covered bed. See how a dry, packed earthen floor actually becomes "

Shattuck, OK Pioneer History

Time-line Murals

Six murals, depicting the History of Shattuck, are dedicated to the early pioneer families whose courage and hard work sculpted a bustling, thriving town out of an arid prairie inhabited by buffalo and coyotes.

Shattuck, OK Arts

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