Tractor used by the nation’s last homesteader begins journey to Nebraska from Alaska | Nebraska | omaha.com

The tractor used by the last person to receive free land under the federal Homestead Act of 1862 was recovered from the wilderness of western interior Alaska last week. David Hendee for the World-Herald tells the tale of one lonely old tractors long last ride.

ALONG THE STONY RIVER, Alaska — A rusted relic from Alaska is on its way to Nebraska.

The tractor used by the last person to receive free land under the federal Homestead Act of 1862 was recovered from the wilderness of western interior Alaska last week for eventual permanent display at Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Nebraska.

The abandoned and deteriorating Allis-Chalmers tractor — plus its single-bottom plow and a disk — left the roadless homestead site dangling from ropes and straps below a helicopter to begin a 3,700-mile journey to Nebraska. 

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