BLM General Land Office Records

Location, location, location. What's true now, was true then. Land matters. When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862 granting 160 acres of unimproved land west of the Mississippi to anyone who: hadn't raised a weapon against their country, would live on it for 5 years, would build a 12 x 14 dwelling and improve it by growing crops, there was a westward exodus. In the Utah Territory, where Mormons had already left the borders of the United States, Brigham Young learned of the 1862 Homestead Act and sent Mormons to claim land from New Mexico to Canada. My husband's family had prime real estate in the Millcreek area of Salt Lake City but were sent to the Loa/Torrey/St. George area, i.e. the desert. This is how it looks with 21st century improvements. It's still a hard place to live.     Here's an example of an ancestor's homestead land grant found on the Bureau of Land Management website.   Some ancestors won the Homesteading lotte…
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