The year is 1865, you and your family are currently living in Missouri. You just received a letter from your cousin who lives in Washington. The letter reads;
Under the Homestead Act of 1862, the government has granted me a piece of land near Fort Vancouver, Washington. I am in need of some help cultivating the land, and building a farm. Please come as soon as you can and bring your family.
Your Cousin, John Fredricks
You feel that this is a good opportunity for you and your family and decide to leave as soon as possible.