The '89er Trail
Sharing the Story of Oklahoma City's Birth
At high noon on a bright and clear Monday, April 22, 1889, a drama roared to life when mounted soldiers fired their guns and blew their bugles to signal that the Land Run of 1889 was on. An estimated 50,000 people began the race from the perimeter boundaries of Oklahoma Territory's Unassigned Lands.
By the end of the day, settlers had staked out claims for the townsite known as "Oklahoma Station" better known today as Oklahoma City. Those first few months of the city's birth witnessed land disputes between Boomers and legitimate settlers, lot jumping triggered by competing land surveys, duels between leading citizens, and incredible perseverance.
The '89er Trail brings history alive with historical markers placed at the actual site the events took place. As you take this walk through history, listen to the story of Oklahoma City's birth on your mobile device. Each marker is your gateway to learn even more with links to additional stories, photos and podcasts.
Currently 24 of 28 markers are installed in downtown and Bricktown. The final 4 markers will be installed as downtown construction clears. Marker 11, "Indian Lands Near The Unassigned Lands", and Marker 15, "The Resignation of Mayor William L Couch", are scheduled for installation this summer. Marker 22, "The Canal", and Marker 23, "C.G. 'Gristmill' Jones", will be installed following completion of the new Scissortail Park.