It was Sept. 16, 1893, the day of the largest land "run" in history, the opening of the Cherokee Strip to settlement. 15,000 people had gathered along the boundaries for many days and were ready for the gunshot at noon to start them on their quest for claims, every acre was claimed by nightfall. Land offices for the filing of claims were at Perry, Enid, Alva and Woodward. Seven counties had been designated in the Strip at that time, with letter names K,L,M,N,O,P and Q with county names to be chosen later by the settlers.
K became KAY
L became Grant
M became Woods
N became Woodward
O became Garfield
P became Noble
Q became Pawnee
At statehood the 7 counties became 10 1/2 counties, as Alfalfa was created from part of Woods Co., Harper from part of Woodward Co., and the north half of Ellis was also from part of Woodward Co. Major was from the southern part of Woods Co.
In this reference O.T. stands for Oklahoma Territory. Happy Hunting!
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Those names marked with an * were proven as claimants and entered at a later date.
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