[APG Public List] a T C Land Claim

Richard A. Pence richardpence at pipeline.com
Fri Sep 18 18:06:54 MDT 2009

As several others have stated, T.C. stands for "Timber Culture." The Timber 
Culture Act was an "d-on" to the Homestead Act and was passed in 1873. In 
order to "prove up" on a timber culture, one had to plant a specified number 
of acres in trees (Wickipedia - see article at 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timber_Culture_Act - says one-fourth. Since a 
timber culture, as was a homestead, for 160 acres, that would be 40 acres of 
trees. My mother's paternal grandfather obtained both a homestead and a 
timber culture in Brown County, South Dakota, in the 1880s. You can drive 
through the plains ever today and see the little plots of trees, now quite 
old and many dead. BTW, the farmers called these "tree claims."

Richard Pence

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "kathryn" <kgenealogy at gmail.com>
To: "Michael John Neill" <mjnrootdig at gmail.com>
Cc: <apgpubliclist at apgen.org>
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 1:53 PM
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] a T C Land Claim

> Maybe a tunnel claim?
> Kathryn
> Michael John Neill wrote:
>> An 1890 era cash entry land file from Denver, Colorado, mentions
>> another claim the applicant had and calls it a "T C claim."
>> Any idea what this is?
>> I posted the image here, along with a little more about it:
>> http://www.rootdig.com/2009/09/t-c-land-claim.html
>> Thanks.
>> Michael
>> ----------------------------
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