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    Oklahoma Land Rush: Mounted Albumen. A 9" x 6" boudoir card depicting an active camp scene, with dozens of men milling about, men on horseback and in wagons. Titled on mount: "Guthrie, I.T., the City of Tents, April 23, 1889. P. A. Miller, Photographer, Arkansas City, Kansas." Loss to lower right corner on mount, loss and chipping to top layer of paper on front and back, image sharp and resonant. The Oklahoma Land Rush that occurred the previous day signaled the close of the frontier. Fifty thousand people participated, vying for vast parcels of "unassigned" lands made available by the Indian Appropriations Bill of 1889. Unscrupulous settlers who tried to "hide out" and beat the legal entry time became known as "sooners." Towns, such as Guthrie, were established in the blink of an eye. Harper's Weekly described the scene as follows: "Unlike Rome, the city of Guthrie was built in a day. To be strictly accurate in the matter, it might be said that it was built in an afternoon. At twelve o'clock on Monday, April 22d, the resident population of Guthrie was nothing; before sundown it was at least ten thousand. In that time streets had been laid out, town lots staked off, and steps taken toward the formation of a municipal government."

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    May, 2010
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