Free land in America? You bet, but like everything else it has a catch. There is land available free in every state in the United States, you just have to know who to ask. Sometimes you can’t do much with it but what the heck, it’s yours, and you can say you own it. We’ll show you where and how you can get your hands on some at the end of the article, and yes it really is free real estate.
But first a bit of history and education. American land has really always been free, free for the taking anyway. The token sums often paid for it were more for easing the conscience of the more officious, paper wielding aggressors than they were for those trespassed against. In their innocence the original inhabitants of this country, mistakenly called Indians because the invading horde really didn’t have a clue as to where they really were, didn’t understand that the land could be owned, they thought it was shared by everyone. Nor did they comprehend that a scrap of paper with symbols had any power any more than planting a few survey stakes did. But there was only so much land and trinkets, iron knives and glass beads were scarce so, sure, they made a deal, a raw deal, but, easy enough to move to the other side of the island.
Indeed there was so much land that even after all the governments and nations had made their deals and even after the land had been sold in large lots back and forth between them they found it necessary to give some of it away just so the wind didn’t take it back. The hills, prairies, streams and mountains were given away to hardy homesteaders either for free or at prices of not much more than a loaf of bread per acre. (Back when bread was cheap.) Soon enough all that was left was the land that was wicked worthless and barren, and even some of that was too poor for the native peoples to want.
But the land still had some value, if one was willing to dig it out. Mining claims allowed anyone with enough gumption to erect a shack and extract enough value, any amount over a negative number, to own the land the claim was on. Proving up on a mining claim was a handy way to become a landowner until most of the loopholes were more or less closed up in the early 1980’s.
So one would think that the days of free real real estate in America are no more, but they’d be wrong. A bit of sniffing about shows that all kinds of land is still available for gratis, free, sin questa, por nada, zilch, zero, zip. We aren’t going to tell you everything we know, a little effort on your part will turn up more than you’d believe anyway, but if you want to take the easy road to land ownership follow this link to get free land in one or more of any of the fifty states. And yes, it really is free!
On a side note, The Yellow Press has it’s base of operations in the town of Freeland, Washington, which began as a little utopia on Whidbey Island just north of Seattle. Land was given away to like minded settlers who wanted to form a kinder, gentler community. The town now serves as the industrial/commercial center of the south end of the island. Don’t come here, it rains all the time.