132 years ago today, on April 22, 1889, an estimated 40,000 people took part in the Land Run to present-day Oklahoma that opened 2 million acres to settlement.
Decades earlier through the Trail of Tears, thousands of Native Americans already came by force to Oklahoma; land designated by the U.S. government as Indian Territory.
The Land Run is not without controversy. Re-enactments used to be common in schools, but many no longer have re-enactments.
In February 2020, the state tweaked its branding website after it read "This is a place that was built from scratch, made by people who gave up everything to come here from all over the world to create something for themselves and their families. … We started this place with a land run in 1889 — and honestly, we’re still running, still making, still pioneering.”