In 1854 a small group of Norwegians left a settlement in East Texas to come to a new Texas county called Bosque. The state of Texas was giving away free land for homesteading in central Texas. The land was full of rolling hills, forests, and streams. It reminded immigrants of Norway. They spread their houses out across the county. They built their log homes with steep roofs. This was because the homes in Norway had that type of roof so snow would not collect. Even though there wasn't much snow in Texas they continued to build their homes in this fashion.