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Any household over the age of 21 is allowed to claim 160 acres if agrees to build a home and take of the land.
OKLAHOMA LAND RUSH
CHALLENGES FOR FARMERS
Pumps like that one were powered by windmills and dew water from deep underground!
In 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act, it gave households land for 5 years, they had to fulfill the requirements to claim ownership of the land.
Between 1889-1895, five land runs drew thousands of people to Oklahoma, but not everyone stayed here, many settlers became discouraged and left.
Farmers had to face harsh climates, scarce water and lumber shortage.Farmers found different ways to overcome this, which made farming a big business.
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