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Sod House

Sod is ground that has grass grow­ing on it. For set­tlers in the Prairies, it was just about the only thing around to build houses out of. So they cut blocks out of sod and stacked them grass-side down to make walls. The roots grew to­gether and made the walls of these “sod­dies” strong. The builders cov­ered the in­side with pa­per or cloth. Some­times it and the out­side were cov­ered in white plas­ter. The roof was made from boards or tree branches cov­ered in an­other thin layer of

sod. Mi­nuses: dirt floors, leaked when it rained. Pluses: stayed cool in sum­mer.

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