I come from a long line of optimistic liars. My grandfather was the best liar of all. He came west for free land and I guess you couldn’t blame him for being a liar because he was the first one to believe the lie himself.
Land available! Come and get it! The posters told Americans about their opportunity to claim land and farm it. In order to get 160 acres of one's own, all you had to be was an American citizen and 21 years of age. In order for the land to be yours all you had to do was pay a filing fee of $10 and reside on your new farm in the West for at least five years. And voila the land would be yours, free.