LANDER VALLEY HOMESTEADERS
Over 150 pioneers - trappers, explorers, soldiers, and emigrant farmers - chose to settle in the valleys of the Wind and Popo Agie rivers before and during days of the Wyoming Territory. Many of those who came settled on free federal government land offered under the Homestead Act of 1862. Those who took up homesteads became an integral part of the cultural and economic heritage of the Lander Valley. In an effort to preserve this vital part of our shared past, we present here an online data base that provides, historical accounts and genealogical references for these indomitable pioneers who settled here during the territorial days of Wyoming.
WHAT WILL YOU FIND ON THIS SITE?
History of homesteading: Federal Land Entry Acts, homestead requirements, types, and resource links
Alphabetic index of homesteader names
Names of those who received Patents during Wyoming Territorial times, 1880 – 1889.
Names of those who made a territorial homestead land entry but received patent after Statehood, 1890 – 1906.
Names of those who homesteaded & received patent before change in the Homestead Act of 1862. 1906 – 1916.
Homestead legal description, date of patent
Individual homestead location and boundaries superimposed on current topographic relief maps
Biographies, photos, and family history
Vital records and other genealogical information.