In 1934 the federal government changed from settling public lands, (turning them over to private owners), to managing the public lands. I always wondered why so much of the west remained federal land, rather than settled, as was the original intent.
quite impressed with dixiesuzan’s take on things in the comments on this blog. First a link, and maybe I’ll scroll through and pick out a few of the comments to quote.
INteresting, if you just read the final passed wording, and don’t read the notes, you might not guess what the purpose was: to dispose of unappropriated lands of the United States.