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When the Santa Fe Railroad was extended from Hunnewell, Kansas to Tonkawa, a railroad promoter named J.W. Whistler chose the midway point as a good location for a town. With B.J. Templeton he bought the 160-acre Sam Garrison far…
The "Real" Cherokee Strip
Under treaties made in 1828 and 1833 with the Federal Government, the Cherokee Tribe of Indians exchanged their homelands in the southeastern part of the United States for land in the present northeastern Okla…
First newspaper printed in the
Cherokee Strip, June 14, 1884.
Published at tent town of Rock
Falls, 2.5 miles N.W. of here by
Capt. David L. Payne, leader of
Oklahoma "Boomers". Printing
office was burned and
"Boomers" disbanded by…
Academic, agricultural, vocational training for Indian youth from over U.S. Established by Act of Cong. 1882. Jasper M. Hadley 1st Superintendent. Handsome buildings of stone erected, and first pupils - Kiowa, Comanche children - entered Jan. 1884…
Land in this area was granted to Cherokee Indians by U.S., 1828. Opened to White settlement, 1893. Kaw Indian Tribal Reservation, 5 miles east. There was located land allotment of Hon. Charles Curtis, Kaw Indian, Vice President of U.S., 1928-32.
To commemoratethe OpeningofThe Cherokee StripSeptember 16, 1893
September 11, 1893Thousands of Americans gathered in this township preparing to make the run for homesteads in the Cherokee Strip, a tract of land 58 miles wide, opening 6,500,000 acres for White settlement bought from the Cherokee Nation by the U…
Dick Sherbon of Ponca City received the bid to erect this building for the Kay County Abstract Company in 1926. The bids for the building ranged from $4,400 to $5,700.
This red brick structure was limited to one story because of the Masonic Tem…
William S. Cline had this building constructed in 1925. This was the same year that the Kay County Courthouse and the Masonic Temple were constructed in Newkirk. The Cline Building is illustrative of the influence of the Art Deco style. Mosaic til…
The entire east side of the 100 block of North Main burned to the ground November 15, 1901. Some of the citizens (obviously not the ones whose businesses were destroyed) thought this was a blessing in disguise. The block consisted of frame buildin…