The old law
allowed soldiers who had been service ninety days, a homestead of 160 acres
within railroad limits, where other persons could get only 80 acres.
The new law
of April, 1872, gives homesteads to soldiers and their unmarried widows, or
minor orphans, sooner than others can get them.
from the five years residence required for perfect title of other homesteaders,
all the time, up to four years, that a soldier, or sailor, has been in the United
I a soldier
was discharged by reason of wounds or disability, or died in the service—his
whole term of enlistment is deducted.
In the case
of soldiers now enlisted, service is constructive residence. Actual residence must follow within six
months after the date of entry.
soldier’s homestead, already taken, is less than 160 acres, he may enter enough
more to make up that quantity, if any public land remains contiguous to the
tract embraced by his first entry.
A claim may
be filed by an Agent invested with a Power of Attorney, as well as in person,
and the improved by the soldier at any time within six months.
There are no homesteads remaining
in Southern Iowa, along the line of the railroad; but in
Nebraska, say 75 miles west of Lincoln and beyond, desirable
homestead lands, within railroad limits and adjoining railroad lands, are yet
to be had, though they are being rapidly taken up.
The United States Land Offices in
Nebraska are at Lincoln,
which is the State Capital, Beatrice, Grand Island,
Dakota City, Lowell,
and West Point
Upwards of 12,000 homesteaders have filed claims at Lincoln
alone—3,163 of them during the year 1871, and 2,482 in 1872.
and Nebraska lands for sale by
the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Company
Maps – Nebraska
– January 1, 1873