Is there free land in Colorado? — YES! — THE HOW TO GUIDE!

Can you still acquire free land in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado? Yes, we'll show you how!

First, some history: 

The Homestead Act of 1862 is a law that was enacted in the United States to provide free land to settlers. It was one of three laws passed during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln and it created an opportunity for citizens who were not wealthy enough to purchase their own land, but still wanted a shot at owning property. The Homestead Act offered 160 acres (64 hectares) or more for free if you lived on it for 5 years and built a house out there as well. This act helped settle the West by giving people access to land they could own themselves without having to pay money upfront.

In the Homestead Act of 1862, there are a number of qualifications for participants. They must be over 21 and lived in their current home at least six months out of the year before applying for land. Furthermore, they should not have been convicted to treason or felonious crime (any crime punishable by death). Lastly, they had to farm the land for a total of five years before they could apply for ownership.

The Homestead Act was part of the Republican Party’s “free soil” ideology, which advocated that people should have access to land without having to pay money upfront or rent it from somebody else and risk falling into debt while trying to work off their payments. It helped settle many Midwestern states, although it was not the only factor behind these states’ development.

As a result of The Homestead Act, Colorado was able to become an important agricultural producer in the United States by 1900; it also became a major focus point for mining gold because its Rocky Mountains had many resources necessary for infrastructure projects.

Eastern Colorado had some of the world’s most arid and unproductive land, but its wheat production eventually became so productive that in 1943 it was responsible for 25% of global wheat exports.

The Homestead Act led to an era where large cattle and sheep operations dominated Colorado soil; by 1900 there were more than 150 million acres (600 thousand km²) under cattle farm management. This shift toward cattle and away from crops was due, in most part, to the harsh winters relative to the more mild temperatures for crop farming in Nebraska.

There are several towns in Eastern Colorado that were settled during this time and quite a few of them have struggled to grow beyond the land offering contained in The Homestead Act. For this reason, there are a few towns in Colorado, who are again offering free land to individuals and businesses! This project is designed to stimulate the local economy by bringing new operational infrastructure to town!

First Town in this Article:
Flagler, Colorado


This resource is for those of you who are looking to find out more information on Kit Carson County, CO. In this brief summary, we will provide a brief history and some basic demographic data about the county where Flagler is located. We have also included links to all of our resources that cover the topic in-depth so you can learn everything there is to know!

Kit Carson County, Colorado is located on the plains of Eastern Colorado. The county is bordered by the state of Kansas on its west side.

The population was 14,453 as per 2010 census. The racial makeup of Kit Carson County in that year was 96% White, 0.88% African American or Black (non-Hispanic), 0.16% Native American or Alaska Native (excluding Alaskan Natives) and 0.48% Asian; other races accounted for just under one percent of residents each while Hispanics/Latinos were not counted at all due to being a minority group with about three thousand people total of which less than half are eligible voters. It is primarily a farming county, with the biggest crops being wheat, corn, cotton and hay.

The county is named after Christopher Carson although he never visited it in person during his lifetime though reportedly traveled through here with an expedition team at one point. The first Europeans to settle on this area were a family of French traders by the name of La Verendrye who built Fort St Antoine in 1735 for trade purposes but as settlers began descending on these lands from all directions, they abandoned their fort within ten years due to conflicts arising between different tribes which was also why Kit Carson County became so predominantly white after American Settlers displaced Native Americans throughout the 19th century (which still shapes its racial makeup today).

Flagler, Colorado is a town in Kit Carson County and is also the county seat. It was founded by Edward H. Clark and his companions in 1879 as they hoped to take advantage of coal mining opportunities nearby but it soon became a stopping point for travelers on their way from Denver, Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico which was an important trading route at that time before railways were built here throughout into the 20th century.

The Kit Carson County Museum now operates out of Flagler’s original courthouse building with permanent exhibits where visitors can learn about local history (including artifacts such as photographs) while temporary exhibitions showcase different topics every year including Native American culture which has always been so prevalent here since this land belongs to them even before Europeans ever set foot onto these shores.

Second Town in this Article:
Agate, Colorado


If you are looking for a family-oriented town in eastern Colorado, agate is the perfect place. It’s a small town with a population of just over 300 people and offers everything that families need to live comfortably. There are many opportunities for recreation like hiking trails, fishing ponds, and camping sites. In addition to all these outdoor activities, agate also has some great indoor activities like bowling alleys and movie theaters. For more information on what this quaint little town has to offer email Mary at: meadowlarkcolorado@gmail.com

Agate is currently offering 60 acres as part of their co-op offering. * Keep in mind there are few conditions that must be met before they are willing to deed the land to you. Contact Mary for more details! 

Land Educator & Post Organizer at Checklands
Micah has been involved in the real estate industry for four years primarily assisting real estate professionals with networking and skillset acquisition strategies. Micah has personally acquired and sold rural land parcels in four states and has been an active investor in rural land portfolios in the region of Northwest Arkansas.You can reach Micah at Micah@checklands.com

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