Want Free Land in the US? 31 Ways You Can Get It In 2021

Believe it or not, there are still ways to get free land in the US!

Yes, there are cities around the US that currently offer homestead land.

Now, it’s not an entirely catch-free process, but these programs can save you big on real estate costs and taxes.

If you’re looking to take advantage of what the country has to offer, this blog is for you!

Here are the top things you need to know about the process

1. Do your research 

Back in the 1800s, the federal government was heavily involved in the granting of free land to settlers.

This encouraged individuals to come out West, settle, and start a life.

The most well-known of the government initiatives was the Homestead Act of 1862, which opened up one million acres of land in the western part of the United States.

Under the Homestead Act, settlers were given up to 160 acres so long as they lived on and tilled the land for at least five years.

This allowed thousands of small farmers to become land owners and eventually resulted in the disbursement of 270 million acres over 1.6 million claims.

The act had a very long life compared to most laws, although it did have some loopholes, which allowed railroads and specuators to obtain much of the land,

Homesteading came to an end in the lower 48 states over a century later in 1976 with the passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.

The last claim was issued in 1974 to Ken Deardorff for a homestead in Alaska.

However, free land is still available from small towns and cities or farming communities.

These areas hope to boost their population or draw businesses to their areas. 

Start by researching where you can find “free land in the United States.”

While it may feel silly, this is one of the main incentives that smaller towns and cities use.

Once you apply and are granted the land, you may be asked to build a house or create a certain number of jobs in the area as “repayment.”

Furthermore, while you may be enticed by homesteading offers from the federal government, these are illegitimate.

The federal government stopped homesteading in the late 1980s.

Therefore, do not trust any site that claims to be distributing free land on behalf of the federal government.

The most appropriate places to look for free land are cities/towns themselves. 

2. Apply for free land

Although applying for free land is (as the name suggests) free, it isn’t effortless.

The process often includes an application where you’ll need to provide basic biographical information as well as the following: 

Who will be living on the land

Where you’re living now

What you plan to do with the land

Often, applications are necessary because cities want to ensure that you fit their criteria for free land.

If you’re required to build, create jobs, etc., they want to guarantee that you’re going to check these boxes.

Otherwise, you may not have your application approved. 

Outside of small cities and towns, some companies operate in this space as well.

For instance, we provide opportunities for individuals to obtain free land twice a year.

If you are interested in participating in our free land giveaway, details are in our video below.

3. Prove your financial means

Once your application is accepted, you’ll still need to prove you have the financial means necessary to take ownership of the free land.

This differs depending on the entity you’re obtaining the land from.

However, the community will likely want to see…

A plan for a house or business 

Financial means to support building 

A blueprint to build 

A deposit 

Pre-approval for a loan

If you don’t have cash on-hand, don’t stress! You don’t necessarily need to have it to get free land.

You just need to make sure you can meet the financial requirements.

If that means you need to get a loan, do so. 

4. Sign the agreement

They say nothing in life is ever “free” and that is certainly true when it comes to free land.

When obtaining your free land, you’ll sign an agreement that you will take certain actions within a designated amount of time.

For example, most towns require you to build a house within a year (and thus must sign with a contractor within 4 months and start building within 6).

The free land is forfeitable if you don’t meet these conditions, so you must abide by the agreement should you wish to maintain your ownership. 

5. Make a deposit 

Cities often require a minuet deposit.

For instance, free land in Lincoln, Kansas has been known to have a deposit amount equal to $0.08/square foot.

Thus, it’s highly individualized to the location. 

The deposit is usually refundable once you comply with all of the requirements.

6. Follow the fine print

When a town or city grants you free land, you essentially enter into a contract with them.

You agree to bring additional housing, businesses or jobs to the area.

Thus, after you’ve obtained your free land, you must fulfill your side of the agreement.

Be sure to read the fine print and follow any of the stipulations laid out for you.

If you find you’re struggling to meet any of these requirements for any reason, request an extension.

You may be granted one if you can show proof that you’ve made an honest effort to fulfill your obligations. 

7. Understand the obligations ahead of time 

Everyone hears “free land” and wonders how they can get their own.

However, there are often obligations that come with homesteads that not everyone is prepared to take on. These include: 

Meeting deadlines

Building a house or business

Providing jobs

Paying for assessments 

Establishing residence 

These factors often catch individuals off guard.

However, free land comes with deadlines to build homes and businesses and provide jobs (typically within a year).

It can also come with unanticipated costs like deposits or assessments for water, sewage or electricity depending on the area.

Make sure you do your due diligence on the property before putting down a deposit.

Finally, since it’s typically used to draw people to specific cities or towns, free land may come with a residency requirement (either initially or long-term).

All of these factors can be difficult to fulfill for those who do not fully understand the process. 

8. Relocate to one of the following locations 

Although the federal government no longer practices homesteading, there are several cities and towns around the country that are still actively giving out free land each year.

Now, keep in mind that these small towns are often in the rural countryside.

However, if this is something that interests you, then you’re a perfect candidate to receive free land.

Interested? Consider relocating to one of the following locations and snatch up free land today!

9. Free Land in Lincoln, Kansas

The City of Lincoln is offering free, ready-to-build lots to individuals and families interested in moving to the area.

The lots are located in a suburban area near a baseball field, golf course and shopping centers.

Overall, Lincoln is known as a pretty city located in central Kansas. It’s roughly an hour from Wichita with a population of 3,500.

Free land has long been a part of Lincoln’s plan to entice people to move to the area. 

Visit here to view the arrangement as well as the requirements.

10. Free Land in Marquette, Kansas

This is another small city that’s located in the “heart of America.”

If you’re looking for a blissful place to raise your family, you won’t be sorry when you move to Marquette.

Marquette has an accelerated timeline compared to some other cities and towns.

When you obtain free land from them, you’ll need to start building your home within 180 days and complete it within a year.

The city also imposes residential design standards and occupancy requirements.

11. Free Land in Mankato, Kansas

Mankato is a tiny city in Kansas with only 900 people.

To help draw people to the city, they’re offering free lots in exchange for homes built on the property.

The lots sit on a beautiful horseshoe-shaped drive on the east side of the community.

No additional assessments are required on the lots at this time, which means you automatically save money there.

The lots are located close to a high school, hospital, steak house, motel, and ½ mile from the shopping center.

Visit here to read more about the requirements to obtain a free lot in the Johnson addition.  

Think you can’t have fun in somewhere rural? Check out this YouTube video with nearly 5 million views featuring Mankato, Throwing a Party in the Most Boring Town in America.

12. Free Land in Plainville, Kansas

Kansas certainly knows how to draw people to their state. This city in the Midwestern state only has 2,000 people.

Lots are available in an area bounded by Colorado, Wyoming, and 2nd and 3rd streets in west Plainville.

A new home must be built with a full foundation and a $500 deposit (paid to the city) is required.

However, it will be refunded to the buyer at the time that all the requirements have been performed.

Visit here to learn more information about how to apply. 

13. Free Land in La Villa, Texas

If the south is more your taste, this town in southern Texas also offers free land.

However, while La Villa will give you land for free, you will have to pay the corresponding property taxes.

Additionally, there is a five-year lien attached to the lot, which discourages you from selling the property within the first five years of ownership.

The best way to learn more about this program is to call the city directly.

Update: we have heard that La Villa no longer has residential lots available, but please contact the Town of La Villa to confirm. There may still be commercial lots up for grabs.

14. Free Land in Flagler, Colorado

Flagler is hoping to attract new businesses with free land for commercial or industrial uses.

This is a small town with a population of only 680. It’s located 110 miles east of Denver. Relocate here, help boost the economy, and enjoy free land all to yourself!

The town has an excellent school system, wireless internet, medical clinic, diner, restaurant, grocery store, library, motel, golf course, and all the other essentials.

Visit here to learn more. 

15. Free Land in Buffalo, New York

If you love the idea of free land, but aren’t sure about living in a small town, then Buffalo may just work for you.

Applicants can acquire property in the designated areas for $1 plus the required closing costs.

They’re offering an urban homestead program as a way to renew their areas.

The city requires that the free lots be a primary residence (and this must be verified).

You can visit here to learn more about this program. 

16. Free Land in Elwood, Nebraska

Elwood is located in southern Nebraska and is the quintessential small town.

There are several local stores, and you’ll never feel more old-fashioned than when you start calling Elwood your home (in the best way possible!).

To get a deed with your name on it, you’ll need to make a $500 payment.

Other than that, the land is totally free. However, be sure to pay attention to the home instruction requirements.

The minimum size is 1,400 square feet, and it must be on a foundation.

You can find more information here

17. Free Land in Manilla, Iowa

Manilla is a vibrant town nestled in rolling hills in western Iowa.

As part of its economic development efforts, the town is offering lots in a subdivision with amenities, including utility hookups.

Like other cities, Manilla is offering a lot for free in exchange for building a home.

You can read more about the program on their website here.

18. Free Land in Curtis, Nebraska 

Curtis, NE also has plenty of available lots as well.

It’s an incredibly livable town. It has a small population of 1000, but all the amenities you may need.

It’s also known as “Easter City” because of the local Palm Sunday pag

You can visit the town’s website here to learn more about relocation incentives. 

19. Free Land in New Richland, Minnesota

Heading up to the land of ten thousand lakes, Minnesota won’t disappoint in terms of leisure activities.

From golf to bike trails to lakes, any outdoor enthusiast will love this area.

This rural farming town actually feels more like a beautiful suburb.

It claim your free land, you must build within 12 months.

Visit here to learn more about how to obtain free land in New Richland. 

20. Free Land in Osborne, Kansas

Osborne is giving out properties for both residential and commercial purposes.

It also occasionally provides low-interest loans to entice people to relocate and start businesses.

For residential land, a $500 deposit is required and you must complete a 1400 sq ft home within 12 months.

You can find out more on Osborne’s website.

21. Free Land in Claremont, Minnesota 

Claremont is a small town in southern Minnesota located in Dodge County.

The surrounding region is a rural area blessed with fertile soil and rolling hills.

To apply for a residential lot in the city, you do have to meet certain income requirements and pay a $1000 application fee.

You can find out more about Claremont’s free land program here.

22. Free Land in Beatrice, Nebraska

Just like the federal government, Beatrice hopped on board with their own homestead act called the Homestead Act of 2010.

Like most other programs, free land is obtained by building a house that meets certain criteria.

But, why Beatrice?

The city was recently updated and given amenities like streetlights, benches, flower gardens, and more.

While these may sound like small changes, it’s sometimes the everyday aspects of a community that makes it worth moving to.

Update: according to our research, it appears that Beatrice has suspended its program, but please contact the Town of Beatrice to confirm.

23. Free Land in Loup City, Nebraska

When local governments analyze their population pyramids, it often indicates how well an area will do in the future.

Loup City’s population is aging, which means that young individuals need to come and inhabit the area in order to help it grow.

How is Nebraska doing that?

Through free land of course!

West of Omaha, Loup City is a serene place to live with golf courses and fishing ponds.

Update: according to our research, it appears that Loup City has suspended its program, but please contact the town for more information.

24. Free Land in Marne, Iowa

In recent years, Marne has had a massive decline in its population due to the decline in the number of family-owned farms.

They’re hoping to boost their numbers by giving away lots.

Update: according to our research, it appears that Marne has suspended its program, but please contact the town for more information.

25. Free Land in Anderson, Alaska

Anderson is the only incorporated town in the Borough of Denali.

As the name suggests, the area is known for Denali, the tallest peak in North America.

Anderson is a small town of only ~250 people and is perhaps one of the most remote options on this list.

So, if you truly want to be a modern-day homesteader, this could be the spot for you.

Update: according to our research, it appears that Anderson has suspended its program, but please contact the Town of Anderson to confirm.

26. Free Land in Muskegon, Michigan

The City of Muskegon in western Michigan is giving away free land for job-creating initiatives.

The program is designed to restart the area’s manufacturing industry.

For the creation of 25 jobs, a company can be eligible for 5 acres of industrial land.

Update: according to our research, it appears that Muskegon has suspended its program, but please contact the City of Muskegon to confirm.

27. Free Lodging with WWOOFING

While not technically free land, another option is to volunteer on a farm in exchange for a place to stay.

This arrangement can be for the short- or long-term and is a great opportunity to learn about farming.

For more information, check out WWOOF USA.

28. Affordable Land in Michigan

It’s not exactly free, but the state of Michigan is auctioning public land this summer.

How often does that happen?

Properties will be available in Antrim, Baraga, Benzie, Berrien, Delta, Gogebic, Midland and Oakland counties.

The land will go to the highest bidder and there will be a minimum bid price.

You can find more information on the auction process and the land available at Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources.

29. Affordable Farm Leases in Cuyahoga National Park, Ohio

Again, not technically free land, but the Cuyahoga National Park created a unique initiative in 2015 that provided affordable long-term leases to farmers as a way to protect and rehabilitate the rural heritage of the park.

The RFP is now closed, but it is still a great example of a creative win-win solution that provided a helping hand to local farmers while also protecting and preserving the park.

You can learn more about the Countryside Initiative here.

30. Free Land through Land Investing

If none of the above options work for you, you can also fund your land purchase using the money you earned investing in vacant land.

With land investing, you buy an undervalued property and resell it at market price.

Do this a few times and you can afford to buy that perfect parcel of land for your own use.

31. Bonus: Land in Yukon, Canada

For Canadian citizens, the Yukon Territory is offering both land for agricultural uses as well as grazing agreements.

You have to live in Yukon for at least a year before you can be eligible and you must also submit a project plan.

Keep in mind that the land is not free, the government will collect a fee for the land based on its value as part of the land development process.

You can find out more here.

Final thoughts 

And there you have it! Free land is obtainable in so many ways.

Please note that we are not associated with any of the above towns or cities giving away free land.

If you’re ready to get started, check out any of the above websites to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Find Free Land?

You can find free land in any of the cities listed above.

You can also enter our Free Land Giveaway – we give away a parcel of land every few months!

What States Can You Get Free Land?

No state actually gives out free land, but there are cities that are offering free land.

Most of these cities are located in the following states: Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado, Iowa and Texas.

Is There Any Free Homestead Land Left?

The federal government is not giving away homesteading land, but there are cities and towns that are giving away properties for those who are willing to relocate.

You can take a look at any of the towns listed above to start your search!

What State Has the Cheapest Land?

If you are looking for cheap land, we did some research on which counties have the cheapest land in the US.

Check out the full list of the 19 Counties Where You Can Find Cheap Land.

Is There Still Free Land in Alaska?

No, Alaska is not giving away free land anymore.

However, you can look to any of the above cities for free land.

Is There Any Land in the US That No One Owns?

Depends on what you mean by no one.

There is plenty of publically-held land owned by the federal government or states.

However, there is no land in the US that does not have a designated owner.

Is There Any Unclaimed Land in the United States?

No, all land in the United States had been claimed – either by a private or public entity.

Is Homesteading Still Possible?

Yes! It is possible.

Even if the federal government is not giving away free land for homesteading, there are plenty of ways to find cheap land.

And many families are creating homesteads around the US.

You just need to find the right parcel of land!

How Do I Find Homestead Land?

The best way to find homesteading land is to do a basic search for cheap land.

You will likely want a property with decent enough soil for growing crops.

There are many folks who have managed to make it work – even without free land!

Where Is Land Cheapest in the US?

Here are the 19 cheapest counties to buy vacant land.

For more information on buying, selling, or investing in vacant land, check out our other resources below.

We’re here to help with the entire buying and selling process.

Additional Resources

If you are looking to buy affordable land, you can check out our Listings page. one-dollar-buy-landAnd before you buy land, make sure you check out Gokce Land Due Diligence Program. gokce-land-due-diligence-program-banner If you are looking to sell land, visit our page on how to Sell Your Land.

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53 thoughts on “Want Free Land in the US? 31 Ways You Can Get It In 2021”

  1. Hi Erika, I found your video when I looked online for free land. I have lived in California all of my life and I am done. I want to live in a less populated area where I can breathe cleaner air. Would love to own land large enough to have a little farm, a few chickens, horses, etc. I love the forested areas, so I am hoping to find a good place to put up a mostly self sufficient home. It would be my dream if it was very close to a lake for fishing. I have a strong calling to live a calmer, more one in touch with nature life. I pray that I can own my own land. Thank you for all that you and your family do to help others realize their land ownership dreams. Bless you.

  2. l would like land i am homeless live in Michigan but if I get free land were?

  3. I came across your website while looking up homesteading in CT. I presently own and manage transitional housing for addicts in recovery from addiction in CT. There is a need throughout the world for somewhere for these folks to live while they are in their healing process and I thought a piece of land to build and farm on would be the perfect medicine. Most of my people have never had the opportunity to put their talents to good use doing something productive for themselves and their community. A piece of land to start with would be awesome and so nurturing for their souls.

    • Thank you for sharing, Eileen, and for the wonderful work you are doing. Please let us know if we can answer any questions you may have while searching for land.

  4. Since I started focusing on my retirement (roughly 8 years), started researching the who, what, where, when, why and how to make my retirement work the way I want it to be. Away from the daily grind, my own schedule, not someone else’s.

    From researching land areas of interest, I came across Gokce Capital, lots of land options (size, price,location). Also, noticed their occasional “Free Land Give-Away”. What better way to get yourself away from the grind….. than owning a nice chunk of land somewhere.

    I will still enter the “Free land Give-Aways”….. even If I don’t win, the information I’ve learned from Gokce Capital… I see me buying my retirement property through them…. Just a matter of me figuring out where I want to put myself.

    Thank You, Erika & Gokce Capital

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Alan. I’m very glad our article was helpful. We wish you the best of luck in your retirement journey and many years of happiness!

  5. Please advise re free farming land and or other free land for rv parking and farming.

  6. I’d like to have a head start, if possible, in building a homestead, ideally in one of the western or southwestern counties of West Virginia, as I have several family members in Western Pa. and W. & Central N.Y. state. Currently I live in Texas, but would like to build this homestead with my brother, a longtime residential & commercial contractor in Upstate NY, as a retirement project. I understand that Land Giveaway does not involve choice of location. And I would also consider a western state. I have some familiarity with New Mexico, but prefer the Northeastern climate and a deciduous environment. I grew up in Southwestern Pa., not far from the West Virginia border, and think that I’d enjoy returning there.

    • Thank you for sharing, Eric. Best of luck!

  7. Looking To buy land in the

    hill countryˆwas born and raised in Wac0 area’. Pecan trees, some wind, goo land for growing trees etc, {nut Trees} etc.I spent I spent about 12-20 years
    I love teas, and would move back If I could.
    Just being out of the Air Force, should help provide lands and properties that would work,I am a disability an older lady. No children . There are several Fykes who still live in Texas, that I am relater too. I need info about how mach.ete; I am 74YRS old . Now I need good land and help down in Texas,
    Can anyone help[ me?

    • Hello Trish, you can apply to our Free Land Giveaway (youtube.com/watch?v=htYS_l6f2v0), but you may also want to take a look at landwatch.com. This site is the largest land listing website and often has many affordable Texas properties. Best of luck with your search!

  8. Just a note or two. First the correct spelling for “provence” is “province”, and second, Yukon is a Territory, not a province.

  9. if you get ‘free land’ you still have to improve,upkeep and pay taxes.

    • That is true. It is always important to take into account any carrying costs before acquiring land.

  10. I want start a little shelter first and little land to grown food and few animals and build a few store for business and few shelter around and a shelter for education and hospital and pets hospital and much more to do but I got no money so if I got free land that I would share with other needed that can’t afford a living get a new life work together as a family one by one until next person

  11. Ive recently spent the last of my savings on ‘my homestead’ *reconstruct”. ! A very sad thing, as my family deserted it (co-prop owner with ME)…& i had to demolish my childhood memories – as that party left me with years of taxes & fees, electric will take thousands of dollars for a reconnect, vermin & garbage everywhere! i Had to make the land presentable!
    I now own 5-+9 total acres &
    Would love guidance of how to better help my Indiana hoosiers with opiate & needle addictions.
    Ive been in social work over 25 yrs. I now see i could do so much more with their lives if i could monitor their routine or better yet teach them basic life skills. im ready to ‘Actually’ work for people who need me.
    My properties could pave a new path to normalcy & Gods green wonders.

    • Thank you for sharing and for your great work helping others. Please let us know if we can answer any questions or assist you in any way.

  12. Hi Erika,
    It was very interesting to go thru your article on Free lands. You seem to have done a lot of research on this topic.
    I am a businessman with Civil Engineering and Management background staying in India, and involved in agriculture sector also. Just wondering if the US govt permits people like us to get agricultural land in US, so that we can start farming with the help of some good franchise, and also give an employment opportunity to the locals.
    In view of the above, would appreciate if could advice me in this regard, and also help in getting farm land if the US govt permits.

    Surendranath Chaugule

    • Hello Surendranath, unfortunately, most of the homesteading programs in the United States require that you build on the land and make it your primary residence within a year or so of acquiring it.

  13. Hi I’m Angela Snead. I’m looking for land to build a few business on. I’d like a chance to do a garden and help give back to the states.in exchange for the land. Also to build my own house on.then I’d like to expand and hugs ld a motel on the land.please just give me a chance and choose me.thank you call me at 303-264-9808 or email me at [email protected] thanks so much and God Bless you

    • Thank you for your comment, Angela. Please feel free to call or email at any time. Our number is 917.444.5985.

  14. Been living on unclaimed land for 12 years . no claims or paperwork to prove it but I built an underground house , plumbing , electricity by hydro power and timestamps photos and videos not visible from neighborhoods , roadways or easements. U literally have to stumble upon it to find it. An off duty police man found me chopping firewood while he was fishing and now I’m being evicted. I have 2 souls whom are paid to help out and we all are invested in a small gold mining operation on said land . no one will help me what’s next

    • Hello Red, I would recommend speaking with a local real estate attorney to see if they can help you figure out your available options.

  15. Hi
    I am Abu Sayed Mohammad Munir. Come from Bangladesh.
    Now I live in Cambridge Massatusates.
    I was a farmer in Bangladesh.
    Now I need some farming land for agriculture near MA or Texas or any other worm weather places . Please help me. If I get free or affordable farming land I shall try to build my residence their.

    • I would recommend contacting one of the local towns that are giving away land to see what their process is and if the land will work for you.

  16. Hello Erika, it sounds to good to be true, unfortunately I am deaf. I can read lips and go by facial features and body movements. I’m currently receiving SSI in NY . When I was a child I grew up on a small farm. Raised chickens Geese and had a bounty full Lot for vegetables and assorted fruit trees and bushes and seasonal herbs. Did fishing as well. I’m poor and homeless as well, living with an elderly friend who’s health is declining. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty, I believe when we put seeds in the earth we get back from it, I know Jaring Glass jars for a root cellar. Would love to have some goats and a horse or two preferably a rescue horse or horse’s to give them a second chance . I worked in the past as a field manager , response able for any where from 4 to 6 people as environmental educators for Citizens for the Environment. Than worked for company’s contracted by aerospace airplanes and Helicopters , involved in as a Fiberglass technician worked and pushed my self into several different apartments, knowledge of Materials and resins as well as trained people on the job duties. Don’t have a high school diploma, I was diagnosed as having an art block as a child. No one knew I was deaf. Funny thing is “” I as also wasn’t aware of it either. My co-workers workers complained that I wasn’t listening to them. So I reach out asking , is there anything I can do to contribute to a homestead with free land and to help other homesteaders with my knowledge if I can to contribute to a community of people that are willing to accept someone like me as I would them and I am far from being lazy. I’m always wanting to learn new things and life is a life experience of ups and downs but if we have hope and believe and be patient ,miracles can happen. P.S I also have a brother who’s Dislexsic can not read but he wants to start his own hatchery, any place where we can live off the grid. Sincerely Paula Cruz

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Paula. I wish you the best of luck in finding your homestead. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  17. I am looking to find land I can retire with my tiny home and RV.

    • Best of luck with the land search!

  18. Thank you for sharing, Kimberly. Best of luck with the free land giveaway.

  19. As a old “desert rat” I am looking to buy some desert land to get away from cities and civilization in general. Working on my hermit skills should drive my family nuts, but that’s what family is there for… They do the same to me! Otherwise since I’m chief geek and all around fix-it guy, I intend to make a living working from home and doing what I always do – designing stuff! I also was involved in running a hard-rock mining ( yes, I have been a miner as well) museum for many years and probably will find another museum to help out.

  20. Thank You ! EXTREMELY interesting and informative. My ol USMC Pal ” tried to tell about all the homesteading land in Alaska, Ha. I said NO. I am Ret. 1959-82 USN SERE – POW Inst. / Para- Rigger -PJ / VN Vet. living the good life in W. Colo. 1988, I got a great price on 40 acres in Unaweep Canyon (7,000 ft.) 22 miles from.my 800 sq. ft hm in G. Jct. Few people wanted to live ” so far ” up beautiful Hwy 141 towards Gateway. Co. Ha. Perfect for my project of ” wilderness survival – stay alive / learn to return ” program. Great setting with cedar/ sage/ scrub oak , E & W creek, canyon walls , asscessable yr round. I set up 4 tipis, sm cabin and pole barn . Had a well drilled to 150′ , with motor and a hand pump.
    Nice outhouse, lanterns and began . My dream was complete, offering classes to students ages 8 – 80 + SO – just wanted to offer encouragement that ” some place ” can work for anyone – with the ” 7- P Rule. ” Now age 79, sitting on the cabin porch ( not a normal Senior, I still plan an adventure ea. yr. Last was to the headwaters of the Amazon River to learn, share and teach with the Indians . Next yr back to my Negrito Troopers mtn village in P.I. ( from old Navy jungle school duty 65 , 75- 78. Hmmm, I sip my PBR and wondering about selling my ” Canyon Paradise ” — and having my own village built in the P.I. ? (.Got to have a fishing boat for village people, built a Drive In Movie , Beer Garden , basket ball court, playground, boxing ring , stage with dance floor, etc . Yes a metal roof on a simple cider block home .) As I said ” I’m not your normal ol Senior sailorman.” I still fly my Powered Para- Glider . Tonite I will be gigging frogs . Anyone with ideas , just want to talk —- contact me. ” Mtn Mel & Aussie Molly Blue ” – Deweese in G. Jct., Co. Come by, sit by campfire and share the woodsmoke

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Mel. You’re an inspiration to us all!

  21. You mean colonizers? The government also “gave” land they sold. Important not to twist history here.

    • Yes, that is an important correction – much of the land that was given away by the federal government through land grants and homestead programs was originally taken, often by force, from the people who had lived on the land for centuries.

  22. Hello Erika,

    I am sure the free land must be only for the citizens of the US, and not any other country nationals. Am I right?


    • Hello Hardeep,

      You do need to move to the property and build a home in order to qualify, so you must legally be able to live in the United States. However, each city/town has slightly different regulations.

  23. There are many inspiring stories here. All of them are deserving of a chance at a homestead. Thanks for the chance to put my name in the hat.

  24. The thought of getting out of the Busy Bee hustle and bustle of the Bay Area to go to someplace and learning hopefully make people’s life better another place that is Affordable is would be great to grow your own food raise your own animals or even to help out the community I’m with you’re learning new things hopefully teaching others and providing roots or for the family where there has been none

    • Thank you for sharing, Suzanne. Best of luck!

  25. Is there any free land in western South Dakota and how do I look for it?

    • Hello Janis, unfortunately, I am not currently aware of any cities giving away free land in South Dakota. However, you can always check out a land listing site like landwatch.com to search for affordable land.

  26. I am very impressed with your professionalism!! You make it easy to learn about land buying. I would love to win a parcel of land, it is my dream to own land. Thank you for all you do to help others.

    • Thank you so much, Donna. I’m so glad our information has been useful! I hope you enjoy your Modoc property!

  27. I would like to see about property in Detroit Oregon love to build a tiny house for me and my wife getting tiered of the town we live in Salem Oregon love to live off the grid we just want to wake up and hear brids and see the wild life thank you french family


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