Plan Your Visit
The Homestead Act of 1862 brought about significant and enduring changes to the United States. Discover how this law invited a diverse group of people to have their own piece of the growing nation. Learn how hard work and technological advancement turned the "Great American Desert" into the "Bread Basket of the World." Explore the tallgrass prairie that greeted plains settlers upon their arrival. Hear the personal stories of homesteaders and American Indian people who are intimately connected to the land. What was it like?
Did You Know?
The Homestead Act, Emancipation Proclamation and the Railroad Act were passed at the same time and worked together to move emigrants to the west for settlement.