On September 16, 1893, 100,000 Boomers and Sooners from states and nations across the world lined up on horses, mules, bicycles, and wagons. They churned in on trains. At the sound of a shotgun, they thundered across the Southern Plains Cherokee Outlet seeking their stake in the American Dream. Less than one in five got land. But they settled an underpopulated and over-outlawed northern Oklahoma Territory. They built Enid, Ponca City, Woodward, Blackwell, Tonkawa, Waukomis, and scores of other towns.
Listen to iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert and John explore the greatest land opening in history—the 1893 Cherokee Outlet Land Run in Oklahoma Territory. It’s the second episode of our new weekly OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Future episodes explore the great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History.
For more information, keep an eye on the OKLAHOMA GOLD! dedicated page HERE. And listen live this Sunday evening at 7 pm Central Time on KTOK 1000-AM or online HERE for the next episode of OKLAHOMA GOLD!
Map: The Cherokee Outlet Run of 1893 swept across the old Cherokee Nation hunting grounds
and opened up nine eventual Oklahoma counties. Towns like Enid, Ponca City, Woodward,
Blackwell, Tonkawa, and Waukomis were born.
Cherokee Outlet Run Photo: The only extant photograph of an Oklahoma land run in progress,
the mightiest in history, the 1893 Cherokee Outlet Run across northwest Oklahoma.
Painting: Xiang Zhang’s epic painting of an Oklahoma land run.