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Throwback Tulsa: Oklahoma's Land Run of 1889 was on this day
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Throwback Tulsa: Oklahoma's Land Run of 1889 was on this day

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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 of 1889, however, was movement of hope for many, including single women and Black settlers.Even if they needed turnips to save them from "starving time."

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.”

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