Stop 13: Visit of the Congressmen

Marker Location: 125 S Robinson (Ron Norick Blvd), Myriad Gardens

 

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Citizens held a barbecue for the visiting congressmen on September 17, 1889, near what is known today as Stiles Park, at 8th and Walnut. Attendees bowed their heads in prayer before an afternoon of speeches and paeans to hardy pioneers. (OHS photo archives. All rights reserved.) Click here to view extra large image

The Bone and McKinnon Building at California and Robinson was the venue for an evening gala to welcome the Congressional delegation to Oklahoma City. Today this is the location of the ice rink in the Myriad Gardens. (WHC photo archives. All rights reserved.) Click here to view extra large image
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April 22, 1889 at noon

Oklahoma Land Run officially begins.

April 23, 1889

The first mass meeting is called. A Citizens' Committee of 14 is elected and instructed to conduct a survey.

April 27, 1889

Conflicting surveys are reconciled and approved at a second mass meeting. A temporary Mayor is elected.

May 1, 1889

The first formal election is held. A Mayor and city council are chosen.

May 23-24, 1889

Cheyenne and Arapahoe leaders meet with federal officials to discuss the sale of land claims outside the Unassigned Lands.

July 16, 1889

The election to adopt a new city charter written by Kickapoo dissenters is shut down by the Mayor.

August 29, 1889

A new city charter written by supporters of the Mayor is overwhelming rejected at the polls.

September 17, 1889

Six congressmen visit the city for a first-hand look at Oklahoma country.

September 21, 1889

Another Kickapoo charter election is broken up by the U.S. military.

November 11, 1889

Mayor W.L. Couch resigns after a summer and fall of political unrest.

 

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