Oklahoma City: Land Run to Statehood (Images of America)

October 30, 2020
Oklahoma City: Land Run to Statehood (Images of America)

Located along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, at astop known as Oklahoma Station, Oklahoma City was born on April 22,1889, at 12 noon. By 6:00 p.m., she had a population of around10,000 citizens.As with any birth, there were many firsts in the newly openedterritory, and many of these landmark events have been captured andpreserved in historic photographs. With images culled from thearchives of the author‚'s own vast personal collection as well asthe Oklahoma Historical Society and other collections, the storiesof prosperity and development of the area‚'s first settlers aretold through Statehood. In light of this perseverance, it is nowonder that Theodore Roosevelt announced, ‚"Men and Women ofOklahoma. I was never in your country until last night, but I feelat home here. I am blood of your blood, and bone of your bone, andI am bound to some of you, and to your sons, by the strongest tiesthat can bind one man to another.‚"