ADVICE TO HOMESTEADERS (Historic Information)
ALASKA HOMESTEAD LAW
The United States General Land Office, Washington, D. C., issues circulars descriptive of the Homestead Laws. Intending settlers should secure this information.
Intending settlers must remember that the entire white population of Alaska at this date is equal to only that of a small town in the United States (some 30,000, according to the latest estimates), and that it is widely scattered, the centers of population being chiefly along the coast or on the banks of the great interior rivers.
Settlements should, therefore, be first made where the inhabitants of these towns can be supplied, and at least a portion of the produce of the farm should be of such a character as to bear the cost of export charges. This indicates diversified farming, with the production of eggs, butter, cheese, and live stock for export, and in time the canning of small fruits, peas and beans, etc., all of which grow luxuriantly and of a quality not surpassed in the western states. Crops of grain, peas and vetches can be converted into pork. Long wool sheep will furnish wool, and surplus stock takes the place of that now imported annually as dressed meat.
Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island, Alaska
Willow Ptarmigan, Alaska