Today In History- September 16

Today In History- September 16


Settlers race in Oklahoma for prime land in the Cherokee Strip.

Great Oklahoma Land Race in Cherokee Strip.

  • Oklahoma

As organized by the United States Land Office, on September 16, 1893, the Run of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma began, with the government opening up nearly 7,000,000 acres of land recently purchased from the Cherokee Tribe.  The U.S. government bought the land for the rock-bottom price of only $1 an acre, an amazing sum for the time, especially given the prime agricultural lands that the tribe possessed.  The Cherokee Land run was among five that occurred in Oklahoma after 1889, and was a sign of the American ambition to move west.

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