The cutout in this map of Nebraska represents the percentage of land homesteaded in Nebraska.1867: Nebraska obtains statehood.
1869: Farmers and ranchers begin squabbling over fence-free pasture land and fenced-in farm acreage.
1879: Railroad records indicate that seven coaches of land seekers arrived in Lincoln, Nebraska. In the first three months of that year 600 carloads of household goods arrived for the newly migrated Nebraskans.
1886: Solomon Butcher begins his iconic documentation of homesteading across Nebraska.
1904: The Kincaid Act expands the homestead acreage grant from 160 to 640, a boom for farmers but not ranchers. Ranchers do benefit though as the efforts of the Kinkaiders to farm arid land fails and the ranchers purchase the defunct farms.