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Old 07-11-2012, 08:28 PM   #51
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Default Re: Some questions --

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Originally Posted by Johnny1A.2 View Post
It was never 'done'. This is an important and oft-overlooked point.
Polite disagreement; apples & oranges.

I was using the US Census Bureau's definition of 1890. (IIRC this was "more than 2 and less than 5 persons per square mile.)

Basically, while the Western US had and has very low population density, by 1890 all property was owned by "somebody" -- either private citizens or the states or the Federal Gov't -- and the property had been surveyed so that every square inch was assigned to some owner.

You can't just go out and raise a cabin on land you like -- there is now some sort of title transfer. You can still homestead (IIRC) but the rules for ownership have changed. (Among other things, I think there are limits on how much of the mineral rights you can claim.)
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