|The Rouse Ranch is significant at the local lever under Criterion A for its association with the Homestead Act of 1862, the greater settlement of Holt County, Nebraska, and as a prime example of the evolution of farming in this region. As a small homestead that grew into a large ranching operation, it represents the development of Holt County from lone prairie to farming and ranching operations. The ranch is representative of the settlement of the area due in large part to the influence of the Homestead Act in drawing pioneers onto the unclaimed land. Similar to most homesteaders of the time, the Rouse family found farming was not enough to sustain their operations. They were diverse in their crops and cattle, eventually starting a salvage business in later years to supplement their income. The period of significance lasts from 1879, when Alphonzo Rouse purchased the land through 1963, or 50 years from the present. This period of significance includes the construction of all the farmsteadís contributing resources, the modernization to occur in the 20th century, and the alteration from purely farming and ranching to a diverse salvage and cattle business.