The visitor experience parallels that of the historic migration. Moving east to west, like the original settlers, visitors embark on a metaphorical journey traveling backwards to the virgin prairie that was the destination for so many courageous and tenacious homesteaders. Visitors park their cars in the one-acre square parking lot (1/160th of a homestead) and approach on foot, symbolic of the struggle the homesteaders faced as they neared their new homes.
A site wall binds the path to the building and provides protection against the whipping prairie winds. Silhouettes of each of the homesteading states adorn the wall, each depicting a visual representation of the percentage of land successfully homesteaded in each state. Ever present, the wall continues into the building, a constant reminder of the homesteading journey.