• Sunflowers abloom on the prairie.

    Homestead

    National Monument of America Nebraska

FREE LAND was the cry!!

The Homestead Act of 1862 brought about significant and enduring changes to the United States. By giving government land to individuals in 30 states this law allowed nearly any man or woman a chance to live the American Dream. Over 1.6 million people rose to the challenge and claimed 270 million acres. Immerse yourself in this story. Discover the enduring impacts upon the land and all its people.

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Palmer-Epard Cabin

Under the Homestead Act, 270 million acres of land, or 10% of the nation, was given away. The only monetary payment for each 160 acre claim was an $18 filing fee. More...