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  • Sarah Cieslinski

    Poster by the Burlington & Missouri River R. R. Co. advertising land in Iowa and Nebraska, 1872. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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  • Motomu Hatanaka

    "Millions of acres. Iowa and Nebraska. Land for sale on 10 years credit by the Burlington Missouri River R. R. Co. at 6 per ct interest and low prices …" A Broadside from Buffalo, NY, #1872 #1870s

  • Joseph Foster

    Among the states included in the Homestead Act of 1862 was Iowa and Nebraska. Distributing the land west of the Mississippi River was an enormous project. The bill was signed after the Southern states had left the Union. It declared any citizen could claim 160 acres and they must improve the plot with crops.

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