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1870, July 9 - 16 Stat. 217, Act To Amend "An Act Granting The Right Of Way To Ditch And Canal Owners Over The Public Lands" Oct 2016

1870, July 9 - 16 Stat. 217, Act To Amend "An Act Granting The Right Of Way To Ditch And Canal Owners Over The Public Lands"

US Government Legislation and Statutes

This Act amending Statute at Large, 14 Stat. 251, July 26, 1866, granting right of way to ditch and canal owners over public land, set forth the law pertaining to placer claims and reconfirming the rights conferred under sections five, eight and nine of the 1866 act. Also extended the act to all public lands affected by the act, all patents granted, or pre-emption or homesteads noting they were subject to any vested or accrued water rights as had been acquired under or recognized by the ninth section of the 1866 act.


1880, The Existing Laws Of The United States Relating To The Survey And Disposition Of The Public Domain Jun 2016

1880, The Existing Laws Of The United States Relating To The Survey And Disposition Of The Public Domain

US Government Legislation and Statutes

This December 1, 1880, publication sets forth each general subject of legislation in separate chapters with complete references given to the antecedent legislation upon the same subject. Each chapter contains copious citations of all decisions regarding decisions by the Federal courts, the supreme courts of several public-land States and Territories, the Department of Justice, the Secretary of Interior ,and the Commissioner of the General Land Office.


1880, Laws Of The United States Of Local Or Temporary In Character, Volume I Jun 2016

1880, Laws Of The United States Of Local Or Temporary In Character, Volume I

US Government Legislation and Statutes

This December 1, 1880, Volume I, publication prepared by the Codification Committee of the Public Land Commission contains in chronological order, in each State and Territory connected at any time with the public land system, the entire legislation of Congress of a local or temporary character, and upon which the land titles of such State or Territory depended. It contains a digest of all Indian Treaties affecting the titles to public lands; a list of all existing military reservations, with the authority therefor and the boundaries thereof. It contains a Table of Judicial and Executive Decisions affecting the various subjects ...


1880, Laws Of The United States Of Local Or Temporary In Character, Volume Ii Jun 2016

1880, Laws Of The United States Of Local Or Temporary In Character, Volume Ii

US Government Legislation and Statutes

This December 1, 1880, Volume II, publication prepared by the Codification Committee of the Public Land Commission contains in chronological order, in each State and Territory connected at any time with the public land system, the entire legislation of Congress of a local or temporary character, and upon which the land titles of such State or Territory depended. It contains a digest of all Indian Treaties affecting the titles to public lands; a list of all existing military reservations, with the authority therefor and the boundaries thereof. It contains a Table of Judicial and Executive Decisions affecting the various subjects ...


1880, The Public Domain, Its History With Statistics Jun 2016

1880, The Public Domain, Its History With Statistics

US Government Legislation and Statutes

Prepared by Thomas Donaldson, member of the Public Land Commission's Committee on Codification, this publication containing 33 chapters, gives the origin, growth and disposition of the lands in the public domain, tracing several systems from their origin, and providing full statistics of operations under and the results of several acts for the sale and disposition of public lands up to June 30, 1880.


1873, March 3 - 17 Stat. 605 - Amend Homestead Act To Allow Less Than 160 Acres Jun 2016

1873, March 3 - 17 Stat. 605 - Amend Homestead Act To Allow Less Than 160 Acres

US Government Legislation and Statutes

The Act amended section two of the June 8, 1872 Homestead Act to provide that persons entitled to a homestead, who had previously entered under the homestead laws a quantity less than 160 acres, would be permitted to make up the difference not to exceed 160 acres.


1887, February 8 - 24 Stat. 388, Act For Allotment Of Lands To Indians Jun 2016

1887, February 8 - 24 Stat. 388, Act For Allotment Of Lands To Indians

US Government Legislation and Statutes

The Act provided that the President, based on his opinion that any reservation or any part thereof was advantageous for agricultural and grazing purposes, could cause the reservation to be surveyed or resurveyed to allot the lands in severalty to any Indian (head of a family, single person over 18 years of age, each orphan child under 18 years of age, and any single person under 18 or who was born prior to the date of the President's order directing an allotment, one-sixteenth of a section) located there on in one-quarter sections. If there was insufficient land on reservation ...


1877, March 3 - 19 Stat. 377, Act For Sale Of Desert Lands Jun 2016

1877, March 3 - 19 Stat. 377, Act For Sale Of Desert Lands

US Government Legislation and Statutes

The Act provided that desert land could be purchased for $.25 per acre upon the filing of a declaration indicating that the purchaser intended to reclaim a tract of desert land not exceeding one section by conducting water upon the same within a period of three years. The right to the use of water on or to any tract of desert land of six hundred and forty acres depended on a bona fide prior appropriation. Such right could not exceed the amount of water actually appropriated and necessarily used for the purpose of irrigation and reclamation. All surplus water over ...


1899, March 2 - 30 Stat. 990, Act To Acquire Rights Of Way By Railroad Companies Through Indian Reservations, Lands, Allotments Jun 2016

1899, March 2 - 30 Stat. 990, Act To Acquire Rights Of Way By Railroad Companies Through Indian Reservations, Lands, Allotments

US Government Legislation and Statutes

The Act provided that a right of way for a railway, telegraph and telephone line through any Indian reservation or any lands held by an Indian tribe or nation in Indian Territory, or through any lands reserved for an Indian agency or for other purposes in connection with the Indian service, or through any lands which have been allotted in severalty to any individual Indian under any law or treaty, but which have not been conveyed to the allottee with full power of alienation, would be granted to any railroad company organized under laws of United States or State or ...


1897, June 4 - 30 Stat. 11 - Appropriations Act For Fy Ending June 30, 1898 Jun 2016

1897, June 4 - 30 Stat. 11 - Appropriations Act For Fy Ending June 30, 1898

US Government Legislation and Statutes

An Act appropriating certain sums for sundry civil expenses for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1898, including, among other things, expenses incurred in connection with the collection of revenue from sales of public lands, protection of public lands, settlement of public lands and swamp-land claims, hearings held by General Land Office to determine whether alleged fraudulent entries had been made in compliance with law, reproducing plats of surveys, and for surveying or resurveying public lands. (p.32) Provided that any forest reservation if found better adapted for mining or agricultural purposes than forest usage, could be restored to the ...


1852, March 22 - 10 Stat. 3, Act To Make Warrants Assignable Jun 2016

1852, March 22 - 10 Stat. 3, Act To Make Warrants Assignable

US Government Legislation and Statutes

An Act declaring that all warrants for military bounty lands were assignable so as to vest the assignee with all rights of the original owner of the warrant or location and were to be received for preemption payments. Any assignee entitled to preemption right to any land was entitled to use the land warrant. Extended the military bounty land act of September 28, 1850.


1841, September 4 - 5 Stat. 453 - Preemption Act Of 1841 Jun 2016

1841, September 4 - 5 Stat. 453 - Preemption Act Of 1841

US Government Legislation and Statutes

The Preemption Act of 1841 provided that certain states were to be paid 10 percent on net proceeds of sales of public lands while establishing the requirements and procedures for obtaining 160 acres of public lands. Limitations and exceptions: No person was entitled to more than one pre-emptive right, no person who owned 320 acres in any State or Territory, and no person who quit or abandon his residence on his own land to reside on public land in the same State or Territory could acquire any right of pre-emption under the Act.


1855, March 3 - 10 Stat. 701, Bounty Lands For Officers And Soldiers Jun 2016

1855, March 3 - 10 Stat. 701, Bounty Lands For Officers And Soldiers

US Government Legislation and Statutes

An Act that provided for additional grant of bounty lands to soldiers, sailors, etc. who had served in any wars the country had been engaged in since 1790 and that they were entitled to a certificate of warrant for 160 acres of land so long as they had not deserted or been dishonorably discharged. The widow and/or minor child or children were entitled to receive a certificate or warrant that the deceased person who have been entitled to receive. Certificates or warrants could be assigned or transferred. Sec. 7. All bounty land laws passed by Congress extended to Indians ...


1872, April 4 - 17 Stat. 49, Act To Enable Soldiers-Sailors And Heirs To Acquire Homesteads On Public Lands Jun 2016

1872, April 4 - 17 Stat. 49, Act To Enable Soldiers-Sailors And Heirs To Acquire Homesteads On Public Lands

US Government Legislation and Statutes

The 1872 Act provided that every private soldier and officer who served in the army, seaman, marine and officer who served in the navy or marine corps during the rebellion for ninety days or more and was honorably discharged and remained loyal to the government was entitled to enter upon and receive patents for public lands (not mineral) not exceeding 160 acres or one quarter-section. Widows and orphan children of those entitled to a homestead under the act could enjoy its benefits. Actual service in army or navy was deemed equivalent to a residence for the same time upon the ...


1866, July 27 - 14 Stat. 292, Railroad And Telegraph Line Lands Act Jun 2016

1866, July 27 - 14 Stat. 292, Railroad And Telegraph Line Lands Act

US Government Legislation and Statutes

The Act authorized the creation of a corporation, Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company, empowered to lay out, locate, and construct a continuous railroad and telegraph lines from Missouri and Arkansas to the Pacific Coast. The right of way through public lands was granted to the corporation for the construction of a railroad and telegraph with the right, power and authority to take from the public lands adjacent to the road, earth, stone and timber for construction. Indian title to lands falling under this act would be extinguished only by their voluntary cession. Public lands, not mineral designated, were granted to ...


1866, July 26 - 14 Stat. 251, Act Granting Right Of Way To Ditch And Canal Owners Over Public Land Jun 2016

1866, July 26 - 14 Stat. 251, Act Granting Right Of Way To Ditch And Canal Owners Over Public Land

US Government Legislation and Statutes

The Act declared that mineral lands were open to occupation by all United States citizens or those declaring intention to become citizens, subject to U.S. regulations and local customs or rules of miners in mining districts. Set forth procedures and process for obtaining patent. Sec. 10 provided that owners had vested and accrued rights to use of water for mining, agricultural, manufacturing or other purposes and that those rights would be maintained and protected and the right of way for the construction of ditches and canals for those purposes was acknowledged and confirmed.


1862, May 20 - 12 Stat. 392, Homestead Act Jun 2016

1862, May 20 - 12 Stat. 392, Homestead Act

US Government Legislation and Statutes

Act provided that certain qualifying persons could be entitled to enter one quarter section or a less quantity of unappropriated public lands upon filing a preemption claim. Any person owning and residing on land may, under the provisions of this act, enter other land lying contiguous to his or her land which shall not, with the land so already owned and occupied, exceed in the aggregate of 160 acres. Sets forth requirements to be met in order to receive certificates and patents. No individual could acquire title to more than one quarter section under the provisions of this act; existing ...


1862, July 2 - 12 Stat. 503, Act Donating Public Land For Colleges Jun 2016

1862, July 2 - 12 Stat. 503, Act Donating Public Land For Colleges

US Government Legislation and Statutes

An act donating Public Lands to provide colleges for the benefit of agriculture and mechanic arts, an amount to be apportioned to each State a quantity equal to thirty-thousand acres for each senator and representative in under the census of 1860. No mineral lands were to be selected or purchase under this act. Moneys from sales of land to be invested, to constitute a perpetual fund, interest to be applied to support one college for agriculture and the mechanic arts. Set forth the conditions under which the grant of land and land scrip could be made.


1850, September 28 - 09 Stat. 521, Act Extending Us Laws And Judicial System To California Jun 2016

1850, September 28 - 09 Stat. 521, Act Extending Us Laws And Judicial System To California

US Government Legislation and Statutes

This act provided that all the laws of the United States that were not locally in applicable would have the same force and effect within the said State of California as elsewhere in the United States and that the State would have a northern and southern district. The act provided for the appointment, duties and compensation of various court officers.


1850, September 28 - 09 Stat. 519 - Swamp Lands Jun 2016

1850, September 28 - 09 Stat. 519 - Swamp Lands

US Government Legislation and Statutes

An act that enabled states to construct the necessary levees and drains to reclaim the swamp and overflowed lands unfit for cultivation. Lands were to be listed, plats made, and transmitted to the governor who could request that a patent to be issued to the State. Proceeds of from the sale or by direct appropriation were to be applied exclusively to the purpose of reclaiming said lands by means of levees and drains.


1851, March 3 - 09 Stat. 631, Act To Settle Private Land Claims In California Jun 2016

1851, March 3 - 09 Stat. 631, Act To Settle Private Land Claims In California

US Government Legislation and Statutes

This Act enacted to ascertain and settle private land claims for land in the newly formed State of California, which land had been acquired by means of Spanish-Mexican land grants. The Act established a land commission consisting of three commissioners and an agent appointed by the President of the United States. The act set for procedures for claimants to present their claims. Patents were to be issued for lands when claims were confirmed. All claims confirmed were to be accurately surveyed. All lands for which claims were not established were to be taken as public lands. The commissioners were to ...


1850, September 28 - 09 Stat. 520 - Bounty Land Jun 2016

1850, September 28 - 09 Stat. 520 - Bounty Land

US Government Legislation and Statutes

The September 28, 1850 act granted Bounty Land to certain classes of persons in the military service of the United States during the War of 1812, the war with Mexico, or Indian wars; or their widows or minor children entitled to lands in proportion to certain periods of service. Those entitled to land under this act would receive a certificate from the Department of the Interior for land which was located at any land office of the United States.


1820, April 24, 03 Stat. 566, Act Making Further Provision For Sale Of Public Land Jun 2016

1820, April 24, 03 Stat. 566, Act Making Further Provision For Sale Of Public Land

US Government Legislation and Statutes

An act of the Sixteenth United States Congress, First Session, providing for the sale of public lands (public or private) in entire, half, quarter or half quarter sections (less than 160 acres) after July 1, 1820.


1847, February 11 - 09 Stat. 123, Sec. 9, Act To Raise For Limited Time Additional Military, Certificates Of Warrant 160 Acres Jun 2016

1847, February 11 - 09 Stat. 123, Sec. 9, Act To Raise For Limited Time Additional Military, Certificates Of Warrant 160 Acres

US Government Legislation and Statutes

An act passed on February 11, 1847, by the Twenty-ninth U.S. Congress, Session II, which authorized the military of the United States under the direction of the President to raise and organize additional military forces during the war with Mexico. Further provided for the issuance of certificate or warrant from the war department for the quantity of one hundred and sixty acres to public lands. Option to receive a treasury script for $100 in lieu of certificate or warrant.


1842, July 27 - 05 Stat. 497, Bounty Land Claims For Military Service In War With Great Britain Jun 2016

1842, July 27 - 05 Stat. 497, Bounty Land Claims For Military Service In War With Great Britain

US Government Legislation and Statutes

An Act to provide for satisfying claims for bounty lands for military service in the War of 1812. The terms prescribed for the warrants by the Secretary of the Department of war in "an act to allow further time to complete the issue and locating of military land warrants during the late war, " and "an act to extend the time of issuing military land warrants to officers and soldiers of the Revolutionary army, both approved January 27, 1835, were renewed and continued in force for five years; patent would issue in the name of personal originally entitled to the bounty ...


1853, March 3 - 10 Stat. 244, Act To Extend Preemption Rights To Public Land May 2016

1853, March 3 - 10 Stat. 244, Act To Extend Preemption Rights To Public Land

US Government Legislation and Statutes

An Act that extended the preemption laws to alternate reserved sections of public lands along the lines of the railroads. No one person could have the right of preemption to more than 160 acres. Any person who settled on lands that had been reserved on account of claims under French, Spanish or other grants that had been declared by the Supreme Court of the United States to be invalid was entitled to all the rights of preemption after the lands were released from reservation.