40 Acres And A Mule – Free Land Still Available In The United States

by The Happy Rock on October 10, 2007

amber-waves-wheat-fields.jpgEver dreamed of packing up and moving away from your hectic stressful life for the peaceful, rural, prairie beauty of the Midwest? Here is a great oppurtunity for you: some places in the US will actually give you free land, if you move to their town. That’s right, free.

This dated article from CNN Money chronicles one family’s move from Las Vegas to Kansas, where they were given free land to build a house. Some places will even provide monetary credits for each member of your family.

Here is a little flavor of how it works in Ellsworth, Kansas :

In Ellsworth County, for example, there are 23 lots available for free to individuals, assuming they’re pre-qualified to build a house that is at least 1,000 square feet and agree to build a house on the land within two years time.

In addition to the land, families with children stand to receive $1,500 to $3,000 toward a down payment when they buy in the area. “Each new child is worth an additional $6,000 to our school district from the state,” said Anita Hoffhines, executive director of Ellsworth County Economic Development.

Here are some free land opportunities in Kansas. There are similar incentives in North Dakota, although as the site says that the “odds are, you are not a candidate for NW North Dakota.”. You need a portable job, financial security, and a solid moral fiber to qualify. The North Dakota site was written by some good marketers, because just reading through it gets my mind thinking through the possibilities. The article also shares that towns are willing to work deals with new business owners that plan to bring economic value to the area.

Living on the east coast, I would have never thought that the Midwest was so desperate for new residents. I have been to and through most of the northern US states and they are astonishingly beautiful, although if you are used to suburban/city living there isn’t much of anything there. In Wyoming it could be 200 miles between gas stations! It is still quite fun to dream!

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Dave February 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Reminds of the house I bought on 3 acres in the woods 5 years ago surrounded by a family of related rednecks on the whole street. 5 years later I walked away from the house, mowers stloen, weedwackers, broken mailboxes, drunken neighbors throwing wrenches which broke a window……yea sometimes and almost always the grass is never greener……..Day 1 the house was nice beautiful yard…..goes to show…


SDA July 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

That was what they wanted. They wanted you to walk away. It was partly their lack of civilized culture, and partly a way they could make money. I would have opted for trained dobermans named after Greek Gods, electric fence & razor wire, video cameras & alarms, a sentry gate & gard tower platform, my own loud stereo, old school spalding golf clubs with plenty of balls, HAM radios & lightning rod towers, trucks with headers, chicken & goats, militia training & mobilization meetings in the yard, hosting every boyscout troop in the area, and sooooo much more. You could have even hosted barbaques to benifit the local police, fire statioin, and politicians. Even more, what about hosting a bed and breakfast camping retreat for Vets with serious PTSD? A placethat they couldget away for a while. What about hosting an alternative lifestyles or biker gang pick nick. The question is if you know how to truly have fun with it all and make friends who are “more impressive” than the rednecks who were giving you a hard time. With enough of that, those who were harassing you would leave.


michael August 30, 2012 at 4:58 am

I am a veteran with severe PTSD. He could have left his house for a weeks vacation, taken my meds with him, and let me “house sit” a while. Redneck issue solved. It’s hard to be scared off by humans when you’ve hunted them before.


charles December 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm



Beta May 26, 2013 at 1:34 am

Dave, sorry to hear that happen to you , I was wondering where was this happen, in what state/city?


John Olson February 21, 2012 at 3:36 am

I think it’s interesting that people are still writing comments on here. I’ve been following these posts for years.


Latisha Walton August 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

I am trying to leave tge city for my children and my sake and fanily


Latisha Walton August 4, 2012 at 12:57 am

It’s almost over…The harvest is….


kathryn RH Davis September 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Nicw! This sounds worth investigating further. I heard of a similar offer long ago. SDA on July 11 is correct in the thinking to hold on to your dream over others’ pettiness and games. I grew up in a family of saboteurs, so you learn a few things about preservation and amusing harmless ways to self protect. A shot at freedom, expression and individuality on your own little piece of God’s handiwork seems worth the playful havoc given and endured. thanks, all the best to all!!


kathryn davis September 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

HI! I just remembered… if I am correct- Ellsworth is on the list of Ghost towns.. there was an industrial toxic leak of sorts that seeped into the water table years ago–EPA was involved- they sifted and re-dirted everything and let time try to heal the land. Worth checking..


victor bohy October 24, 2012 at 4:34 am

i just wanted to be part of the history on this site… someday , years from now,, someone will see this, and know i was here… take care everyone,, have a great life.. the world is wonderful… victor bohy. palm springs, california, u.s.a


Andrew Simmons October 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

How can I get free Land and a House of Stability?


Rebecca January 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

I need a farm our jobs r flexible I have horses n livestock looking for big house n barn please email if anyone wants out we can deal


xxbigkisses January 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

i so agree with dave(above comment). me and my family werent even that far out in the state of MAINE and had the same problems as he had. alot of the backwoods mainer people are the same redneck style as he describes. but it is when they all have relatives and friends all around them that they tend to ‘take over’ things in the neighborhood. making them the boss, so to speak, of their area and by running u out, it keeps “their kind of people” in their area only. no outsiders. as time went on and the education system was enforced, things changed. old farts died or had to go to homes, their children learned the computer age, and not as many people wanted the isolated life that most backwoods bring. the land remains the same but life moves on. its nice to have PEACE


Steven Fahey February 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

I’ve been dreaming of this senario for years, and maybe once my daughter is out of College, I could do it. I do have a portable job, but no financial security yet, and absolutely not high on the moral fiber list.


phillip dempsey March 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

With a little land i could make money


Darwin Chalmers April 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

seriously need help i want out of this corrupt festering cess-pool thats called society need a wee bit land to build my own little cabin to grow some food work and nourish the land also raise some dogs so come on poeple nobody can say that they are proud to be part of a society that thinks its more important to wash a car than give a dying child a FREE drink if yous would all wake up we could start a new society where the real things matter not what shop has a good sale on i will get of my soapbox now and wait to see if there is any real poeple let on this rock :») D.M.C


agnes smith April 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

can you send me a book on land thanks agnes


roger mack June 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

i got a chance to buy home with 3 ackers in s.carolina,my new wife and i moved from maryland to live in town i was related to just about everyone.after 31/2 years we were still the new comers and were blamed every time a federal inspector came down on them for inviromental issues.i love farm life,not the redneck back woods mistrusting hicks.


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