The '89er Trail: The Boomers

The '89er Trail: The Boomers (HM270O)

Location: Oklahoma City, OK 73106 Oklahoma County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 27.983', W 97° 31.613'

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Captain David Payne and his Boomers defied federal authorities to attempt settlement in the Unassigned Lands.

From the 1830s onward, most of present-day Oklahoma was reserved for Native Americans who had been forcibly relocated from their ancestral lands. Following the Union victory in the Civil War, the tribes who had sided with the Confederacy were forced to cede their lands in western Oklahoma, leaving a large area of Unassigned Lands in the middle.

Believing they had a legal right to settle on former Indian land, Boomers, led by Captain David L. Payne staged highly publicized settlement expeditions beginning in 1880. Each time, they were escorted back to Kansas by U.S. soldiers stationed at western forts.

Payne died suddenly in 1884, and was succeeded by Captain William L. Couch, who led additional Boomer incursions in 1884 and 1885. After 1885, Couch took his case to Washington, D.C., lobbying Congress to legalize settlement. On the day of the run, in 1889, Couch was on the payroll of the railroad at Oklahoma Station, ready with family members and other die-hard Boomers to realize his dream of settling the Promised Land.
HM NumberHM270O
Year Placed2018
Placed By'89er Trail Fund
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 633662 N 3925762
Decimal Degrees35.46638333, -97.52688333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 27.983', W 97° 31.613'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 27' 58.98" N, 97° 31' 36.78" W
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Area Code(s)405
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 814-830 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City OK 73106, US
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