posted on Mar, 9 2016 @ 12:29 PM
a reply to: Boadicea
Under the Homestead Act, I believe that once someone "proved up" their homestead, after five years they could apply for the title deed to their
I love the idea of applying today's technology to those land/housing challenges! One thing we forget nowadays is that
lived in those dry areas long before Europeans came through. However, life
was in very small communities, frugal and minimal housing and needs, and water was still a problem (collecting meager rainfall or living around where
water did flow or spring up-- sparse locations in the desert)
Another thing to remember is that, for primary residences, one has to have an income to live off the land. Where would the jobs come from? How does
one shop, visit a doctor? How do roads get built? Even the Depression Era miners/"settlers" who lived in the El Paso mountains in the Mojave had cars
to drive into Los Angeles on roads, when needed.
The more community, the more infrastructure.
Check out this community
. But, still,
millions to develop. ....and, it is near Palm Springs!
I do see people living on individual plots of land, but, unless they have a well, they usually depend on trucking in water. High or low desert, the
land is still a harsh mistress.