HOMESTEADS AND PRE-EMPTIONS
NEBRASKA AND KANSAS.
I. What is a Homestead?
It is an uncultivated farm given by the United States to any man or
woman who lives on it and cultivates it for five years. The whole cost is
$18.00 for 160 acres, and $4.00 of this is not payable for five years.
Outside of the Railroad Limits, the size of a Homestead, free to any one
[sic], is 160 acres, within the Limits it is 80 acres, except to
Soldiers who have served 90 days, who are allowed to take 160 acres in the
II. Who may become a Homesteader?
Any man, or any woman — that is, any native of a legal age, and any
foreigner who has declared his intention to become a citizen, which any
immigrant may do on the very day that he lands in America.
III. How does one become a Homesteader?
He goes to the United States Land Office, and has free access to maps
showing all the vacant land in the region. Having chosen the land he
thinks will suit, he goes and examines it, returns to the Land Office,
makes an application for it on a form furnished him by the officer there,
pay the fees for recording, (at most $14.00) and is then master of the
land he has chosen. All this business he can do — though not as well —
through the Clerk of the County in which the land lies. The Homesteader
must begin to occupy his land within six months after his application is
put on record, and he may journey away from his land at will, if not
absent more than half a year at once, and provided that he fixes his
residence nowhere else.
IV. Can a man become full owner of his farm sooner than at the end of
Yes. After six months residence, he can at any time purchase his land
by paying the Government price, the highest of which is $2.50 per acre,
and the lowest half that sum; and this is what is called PRE-EMPTION.
HOMESTEADS now abound in Nebraska, and the building of railroads has
caused thousands to pour in there during 1871, and the crowd will be
larger in 1872. Kansas also has lands still open to Homesteaders,
particularly on the Lind of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R.
The LAND OFFICES are as follows:NEBRASKA
|SOUTH PLATTE DISTRICT
||Lincoln, on B.&M.R.R.
||Beatrice on B.&.M.R.R.
||Lowell, on B.&M.R.R.
||Grand Island, U.P.R.R.
||West Point on U.P.R.R.
||Topeka, on K.P.R.R.
ALL THESE PLACES CAN BE REACHED BY
THE BURLINGTON ROUTE.
See Large Map in Front of Book.
WESTERN RAILROAD LANDS
Burlington & Missouri River Railroad
Land Grant is over 2,000,000 Acres
In IOWA AND NEBRASKA; 351,706 acres sold in less than two years to 3,288
buyers. The rest for sale. LOCATION — On this and other Railroads,
732 miles, in the Southern and most populous belt of both States, between
Burlington, Iowa, and Kearney Junction, Nebraska. This is the region for
grain and grazing, and good for fruit. CHARACTER — Rolling
Valleys of tree-skirted streams. (See engravings.) PRICES — Vary
quality and location, from $4.00 to $12.00 per acre. PRODUCTS —will
for land and improvements. PAYMENTS — Interest for only two years,
afterwards one-ninth of the balance annually until paid. DISCOUNT —
per cent. If all or one-third paid down, and the rest in one and two years
with 10 per cent interest. A FREE PASS — Exploring tickets are sold
Burlington, Plattsmouth, Omaha, and Lincoln, and cost allowed in first
payment, if land is bought in thirty days from the date of ticket. This
gives a free pass in the State where the land is bought.
S. HARRIS, Land Com.
Union Pacific Railroad.
12,000,000 Acres Land . 3,000,000 Acres of Farming and
Lands in Platte Valley now for sale, at prices ranging from $2.00 to
$10.00 per acre.
Situated within 20 miles of the Railroad tract, between OMAHA and NORTH
PLATTE. TERMS OF PAYMENT — One-fifth of principal on purchase, no
second year, except 6 per cent., on balance of principal; each subsequent
year, one-fifth of principal, with 6 per cent. interest, until paid. Ten
per cent. discount for cash. For further particulars, address or apply to
O. F. DAVIS, Land Com.
Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railroad
About 500,000 Acres in Kansas,
Extending 20 miles on either side of the Road for 200 miles from LAWRENCE
to COFFEEVILLE. Prices range from $4.00 to $10.00 per acre. TERMS .
First payment, interest at 7 per cent. from time of purchase to
January following; second payment, interest for one year from
January; third payment, one-seventh of principal without interest; all
subsequent payments are one-seventh of principal, with 7 per cent.
interest, until paid. For particulars, address
SCOTT, Land Com.