Episode 53: Oklahoma Land Rush

1889 Oklahoma Land Rush.  (McClenny Family Picture Album via Wikipedia , Copyright expired)

1889 Oklahoma Land Rush. (McClenny Family Picture Album via Wikipedia , Copyright expired)

Today marks the 126th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889.

Here are some things you might not have known about the Land Rush.

One: The Land Rush happened at noon on April 22 when the U.S. government opened two million acres of Oklahoma to settlement. Fifty thousand settlers waited to stake their claim for 160 acres each.

Two: To be eligible, the settlers had to live on the land and make improvements to earn the title to the land.

Three: The cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie, went from being unpopulated to having a population of more than ten thousand by the end of the day.

Our question: Why is Oklahoma called the Sooner State?

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