Proving up


Effective June 17, 1887, Almanzo Wilder received a patent granting him title to 160 acres. This certificate demonstrates that Wilder and his wife Laura Ingalls, author of Little House on the Prairie, had "proved up" or built a house, improved the land, and lived on the land for five years. Homesteaders would often displayed the patent in their home to honor their hard work.

National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Land Management


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