The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 was the first land rush into the Unassigned Lands. The
area that was opened to settlement included all or part of the present-day Canadian,
Cleveland, Kingfisher, Logan, Oklahoma, and Payne counties of the US state of Oklahoma.
The land run started at high noon with an estimated 50,000 people lined up for their piece of
the available two million acres but Tipton has the rest of the story of the land was acquired.
A gunshot fired. A cannon roared. Horses startled and wagons sprang to life. On April 22, 1889, settlers
flooded into the region of central Oklahoma known as the Unassigned Lands. President Benjamin Harrison
signed a proclamation on March 23, 1889, opening the land and people came from across the country to
claim it. According to the Homestead Act of 1862, if a settler could stay on the land he claimed for five years
and improve it, it would be his free and clear. Some people were very excited about the 1889 Land Run and
were ready to try to make a new life in Oklahoma Territory. There were many people, however, who did not
want new settlers to come into the territory and Tipton tells the rest of the story during his performance.
Stories of the Oklahoma land run have
been handed down to Marty Tipton by
his forefathers about the opening of
the territory in 1889 and the race to
plot of a piece of land. It was an
important part of Wild West history as
Tipton tells it. Tipton worked with Dr.
Jay Price from Wichita University to
publish the by Arcadia called the
Cherokee Strip Land Rush.
The stories were published by Arcadia
on August 26th 2006 and is
distributed around world wide at all
major book stores.

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