Homestead Act of 1862

160 Acres of Land

The Homestead Act allows you to get 160 acres of land for $18.00. You may have to bring your own seeds to plant crops on the land. You have six months to build a home on the land. After farming the land for five years, the land will belong to you. Abraham Lincoln has signed this act.

Adjusting to Life as a Homesteader

The climate in the Midwest is very rough. There are a lot of tornadoes, heavy rain, droughts, hail storms, and blizzards. Homesteaders are learning to dry farm, make provisions, build homes out of sod, irrigate, and plant Russian wheat.