“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.