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Throwback Tulsa: Cherokee Strip opens to settlement on this day in 1893

Throwback Tulsa: Cherokee Strip opens to settlement on this day in 1893

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On Sept. 16, 1893, more than 100,000 settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip."

More than 100,000 people on horseback, in covered wagons and on foot participated in a land run that opened seven million acres in Oklahoma’s Cherokee Strip to settlement.

The run has been described as the most spectacular competitive event in history. The land run into the strip or, more accurately, the Cherokee Outlet, involved land that became Alfalfa, Ellis, Harper, Kay, Garfield, Grant, Woods, Woodward, Major, Noble and Pawnee counties.

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