land run of 1893

“In Line At The land Office, Perry, Sept. 23, 1893. 9 o'clock A.M. waiting to file.”

From the series: Opening of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma Territory, 1893, from the Records of the Bureau of Land Management

Prospective homesteaders line up to file their claims, days after the “Cherokee Strip” Land Rush of September 16, 1893.  Lured by the promise of “free land,” over 150,000 settlers swarmed into Oklahoma Territory in the largest land run in United States history, although in the end only 25% would stick out the 6 months required to receive the deed to their claim.

See also our series from last year commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act  which provided the basis for land runs such as these.

The “Cherokee Strip” Land Run of 1893

“First train [and wagons] leaving the line north of Orlando For Perry [OkIa. Terr.], Sept. 16, 1893.”

From the series: Opening of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma Territory, 1893, from the Records of the Bureau of Land Management

The opening of the “Cherokee Strip” in Oklahoma Territory on September 16, 1893 kicked off the largest land run in United States history.   See also our series from last year commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act  which provided the basis for land runs such as these.