Saturday, March 31, 2012
1889 OKLAHOMA LAND RUN
At 12:00 noon on April 22nd. 1889 the cannon boomed signaling the opening of the unassigned lands of Indian Territory. Literally thousands of people rushed in to claim their quarter section, 160 acres of free land!
Using every means of transportation from buckboads, race horses, surreys, horse drawn carts, walking and running, and even bicycles, they came!
Paul Moore, a fifth generation Oklahoman, was the sculpter and designer of this fourty-seven piece Centennial Land Run Monument. His great great grandfather participated in the run. The man driving this wagon is a self image he created of himself to commemorate the crossing of a river that ocurred in the land rush!
Located at the South Turnaround for the water taxis, here is two landrunners, one with his stake in hand, racing to claim their 160 acre parcel of free land!
By nightfall of that day of the run, it was said and reported, there were 10,000 people living in Oklahoma City, and the original town lots were already laid out!