The Building of Oklahoma City

The Building of Oklahoma City (HM2MEC)

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N 35° 27.981', W 97° 30.804'

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— The '89er Trail —

A reporter from Harpers Weekly returned to Oklahoma City two months after its birth to find its progress remarkable beyond belief.

William Willard Howard writing an article called "The Building of Oklahoma" in the June 29, 1889 issue of Harper's Weekly, said:

"That Oklahoma would, in the first two months of its existence, get much beyond its chaotic state of tents and hap-hazard existence was not thought possible even by those enthusiasts whose imaginations were as rosy as the soil of the Oklahoma uplands; that it would in that time have better buildings than many Western towns ten years old was simply not thought of at all.

"The wonderful rapidity with which Oklahoma City and Guthrie [e]merged from what at first appeared to be confused camps of holiday excursionists into matter-of-fact towns of excessively practical ways of thought, showed plainly the dominating influence of the experienced Kansas town-builder. No people other than those who had grown skillful in the work of building pioneer towns in the West could have created a town of such compactness, completeness, and future promise as Oklahoma City in the incredibly short space of time of two months. The result shows that the new citizens of Oklahoma had planned what to do weeks ahead, that they had ordered their lumber and other building supplies,

and that, with the exception of delays unavoidable in a pioneer country, they had carried out their arrangements like clock-work."

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Top left: Oklahoma City two weeks after the land run with a population estimated at 7,000.

Research Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society
Bottom left: Less than two months after the land run, businesses that opened in tents have upgraded to single and multi-story buildings with wooden sidewalks and awnings on the front. Western History Collections University of Oklahoma Libraries
Top right: Looking south from 2nd Street in the middle of May. Oklahoma City Land Run to Statehood (Images of America) by Terry L Griffith (Arcadia Publishing, 1999)
Year Placed2018
Placed ByOklahoma City Community Foundation, Wiggin Properties
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Date Added Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 634885 N 3925776
Decimal Degrees35.46635000, -97.51340000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 27.981', W 97° 30.804'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 27' 58.86" N, 97° 30' 48.24" W
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