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The Homestead Act of 1862

 
 
The Homestead Act of 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 3, 2022
1. The Homestead Act of 1862 Marker
Inscription.  President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law on May 20, 1862. The Homestead Act declared the, "any citizen or intended citizen could claim 160 acres - one quarter square mile - of surveyed government land. Claimants must 'improve' the plot with a dwelling and grow crops." After five years, if the original filer was still on the land, it was his or her property, free and clear other than the $10 filing claim fee.
 
Erected by Museum of the Rockies.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 45° 39.503′ N, 111° 2.695′ W. Marker is in Bozeman, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker can be reached from West Kagy Avenue near South 3rd Avenue, on the left when traveling west. The marker is near the southwest corner of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 West Kagy Avenue, Bozeman MT 59717, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tinsley House (here, next to this marker); The Tinsley Family (here, next to this marker);
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Byron Story Mansion (approx. 0.9 miles away); Robert A. Cooley (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hamilton House (approx. one mile away); Burr Fisher House (approx. one mile away); Charles S. Hartman Residence (approx. one mile away); 610 South Willson Avenue (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bozeman.
 
The Homestead Act of 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 3, 2022
2. The Homestead Act of 1862 Marker
Pioneer Cabin image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 3, 2022
3. Pioneer Cabin
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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