(Original Caption) Custer County, Nebraska- On May 20th, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, giving 160 acre freehold farms from the public domain to citizens who would live on them for five years. Settlers, like the family shown here in Custer County, Nebraska, left the East to pioneer in frontier country. Between 1862 and 1900, possibly 400,000 families received cheap land from the government.
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May 18th, 2020
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