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January 1Old West History Made Easy

  • In 1863: Daniel Freeman submits the first claim under the Homestead Act for land near Beatrice, Nebraska.

  • In 1871: After a long illness, Captain John Barry is forced into retirement. While stationed at Fort Ord, Barry attempted to improve relations between the United States and the Apaches as well as encouraging the enlistment of scouts to combat against renegade Apaches.

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