The Citizens' Committee

The Citizens' Committee (HM2MHZ)

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Oklahoma City April 23, 1889

— The '89er Trail —


Overnight, a city of tents arose next to the railroad station. But where were the streets and lot lines? Amid the confusion, a mass meeting was called which elected a committee to bring order with a new survey.


Confusion reigned on Tuesday, April 23, the day after the Land Run, as settlers realized that nobody was in charge. Surveyors representing competing townsite companies tried to mark the streets on land that a day earlier had been open prairie. As conflicts escalated, a small group of men called a mass meeting, enlisting boys on ponies to spread the word.

Settlers flocked to the southwest corner of Main and Broadway. Angelo C. Scott, a young Kansan with a booming voice was elected chairman. Amidst heated discussions, the assembly resolved to conduct a new townsite survey and entrusted its oversight to a citizens' committee to be elected on the spot, each member to come from a different state.

Citizens shouted the names of their nominees, who were hustled onto boxes next to the chairman and secretary. "If the crowd liked his looks they voted him up; if not, they voted him down," recalled Scott.

Fourteen citizens were elected, and they proceeded to sort out conflicting claims and provide a semblance of leadership as settlers went back to work setting up camp on the open prairie.

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Left: Claims were in doubt because of conflicting street alignments in the Seminole and Citizens' surveys.

Research Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society
Right: A Citizens' Committee of 14 (nine of whom are shown here) began surveying streets and lots and adjudicating claims the day after the Run. The Chairman, Angelo C. Scott, is pictured on the back row, far right. Research Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society
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Year Placed2018
Placed ByOklahoma City Community Foundation, Wiggin Properties
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Date Added Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 634753 N 3925911
Decimal Degrees35.46758333, -97.51483333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 28.055', W 97° 30.89'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 28' 3.3" N, 97° 30' 53.4" W
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