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Clearly the Oklahoma Land Race article needs rewote, badly. I'm thinking we have two options to fix this:
- Make an article for each of the land runs -- Land Run of 1889, Land Run of 1893 (Cherokee Strip), etc.
- or Merge those land runs into Land run.
I could really argue either way, so please give your two cents. In any case, I'm working on a rewrite for the 1889 article/section if anyone would like to proofread and improve it: User:Ashlux/Land Run of 1889. Ash Lux 02:41, 22 May 2006 (UTC)
- Thanks for taking this on. My thoughts are that each land run should get its own article, while the main Land run article should become an overview of the land runs, how they came about, the results, the effects on Oklahoma, and the effects on pop culture. I think that if you merged everything into a single article it would become way too unwieldy to read/edit. And I'd be happy to proof the 1889 run article. The first I read it I thought, "How the hell did no one notice how completely wrong this article is for this long?" --D Wilbanks 04:07, 22 May 2006 (UTC)
Land Run vs Land Rush
Currently the article starts with "Land run (sometimes land rush) ..." Before seeing this article, I'd never heard of the term "land run" and my parents, grandparents, and some great-grandparents are from Oklahoma. We've always used the term "land rush". I think it's should be "Land rush (sometimes land run) ...". Particularly in regards to 1889 (which one of my direct ancestors of German descent was in). On google page ranking I note that even searching for "1889 land run", exculding the wiki links itself the order is
- 1. Oklahoma Land Openings 1889-1907 - OkGenWeb
- 2. Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889
- 3. land run of 1889
Note the higher ranking of 1889 Land Rush even when searching for 1889 land run. Jon 14:20, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
- I grew up in Oklahoma, and have always heard "land run" and not "land rush". Pagrashtak 15:26, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
- Perhaps there's an OK City - Tulsa split or an Urban-Rural split on this. My parents both grew up within Oklahoma City limits. I guess the other possibility is my word choices were contaimated by growing up in CA and TN. -- Jon (talk) 19:44, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
- I certainly have never heard anything but "rush", "run" is a new one on me.184.108.40.206 (talk) 11:50, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
The Oklahoma Historical Society (linked on main page) lists a couple of "Land Run" historical markers. Someone who knows where to look should read some period govt. documents + verify with current govt. docs, academic papers, etc. Assuming it'll pan out this way, we can call them land runs officially but note in a sentence in the introductory paragraph that they are commonly called land rushes. Easy Peasy. (Ah - just as it is labelled right now! Good work, article writer!)