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.

1880 - 1899 HOMESTEADERS BY LAST NAME

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   

      

Homesteaders 1880-1899: Names of those who received Patents during Wyoming Territorial times up to the close of the 19th century.

Homesteaders 1900-1916: Names of those who  received patents at the beginning of the 20th century up to the time that the Homestead act of 1862 was changed.

 

  • 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.

1900 - 1916  HOMESTEADERS BY LAST NAME (Coming Soon)