Cherokee Strip Land Rush

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On September 16, 1893, over 100,000 people converged on the edges of six million acres just south of the Kansas border, a parcel officially designated the Cherokee Outlet but more commonly called the Cherokee Strip. This was the largest of the rushes, where officials threw open whole parcels of land at one time. The opening of the outlet drew people with a wide mix of motivations. Those who arrived that stifling September found heat, dust, wretched conditions, high prices—and hope. Among them was William Prettyman, whose photographs remain the most stirring record of the event. When the starting gun went off at noon, the blurred images of people and animals racing across the dusty terrain became part of the memory of a whole region.
ISBN: 9780738540740
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oklahoma
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Editor Jay M. Price is an associate professor of history at Wichita State University. His previous books include Wichita: 1860–1930, El Dorado: Legacy of an Oil Boom, and Wichita's Legacy of Flight. Most of the images in this book come from the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum. In addition to Dr. Price, Dr. Craig Torbenson, Melissa Thompson, Constance Martin, Jim Crawley, Tamara Weihe, Donita Neely, and Heather Ferguson did the research and writing for the book.
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