Land Run of 1893

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Boomer camp at Arkansas City, Kansas waiting for Land Run of 1893
Horses rush forward during the 1889 run.

The Land Run of 1893, also known as the Cherokee Strip Land Run, marked the opening to settlement of the Cherokee Outlet, in what would become the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The run began at noon on September 16, 1893, with more than 100,000 participants hoping to claim land. The land offices for the run were set up in Perry, Enid, Woodward, and Alva with over 6.5 million acres (26,000 km²) of land. It was the largest land run in United States history.[1]

The counties of Kay, Grant, Woods, Woodward, Garfield, Noble, and Pawnee, were named following the run. Prior to the run, these seven counties had been assigned the letters K-Q, respectively. Upon Oklahoma's statehood in 1907, four additional counties (Alfalfa, Ellis, Harper, Major) were created in the Cherokee Outlet using existing land from Woods, Kay, and Woodward counties.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The films Tumbleweeds, Cimarron (based on the novel by Edna Ferber), and Far and Away all have depictions of the 1893 land run.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Green, Donald E., "Settlement Patterns," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed June 10, 2010).
  2. ^ Oklahoma Land Openings 1889-1903 (accessed June 10, 2010).

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