Friday, April 24, 2009

Oklahoma Land Run

April 22, 1889.

12 noon.

People lined up early. With hopes and dreams.
They started planning their claims.
There was quite a crowd.
Choice claims were pointed out and discussed.
When the shot was fired the men took off, running to grab their claims.
Women and children followed slowly with the wagons and all their possessions.
Some taking in the scenery on their way.
When the men found their choice property they grabbed the stake and ran for the land office.
They anxiously waited their turns as the land officers marked their claims and handed them their deeds.
After their deeds were filed some started setting up temporary houses.
Family photos were taken.
And smiles were everywhere.
School teachers visited homesteads to meet the children.
And meals were eaten.
Games were played.
And friends were made.
And a new state was born.

12 comments:

Kristie said...

I'm already looking forward to next year ... although how I'm going to get my youngest in a prairie dress is beyond me. Maybe I can put her in overalls and pass her off as a boy.

deedee said...

What a fun day for the kids - and they got to learn something too! Cool!

jean said...

Looks like a lot of fun - great photos!

Renee said...

Love this post!! Love these pictures!

Margaret Glyn said...

What a precious account! It was next best to getting to be there in person. Thanks

Robin said...

How fun! Love your pictures!

Hey, I'm from NM and I read you blog.

Cozyflier said...

I like the story!! You already knew I liked the photos from fb!!!

You are a wonderful storysteller!

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday a day late. I am glad we were able to help you celebrate------sort of.

Lady Jane said...

First time at your blog and I absolutely loved the photos and the idea of it! I work in school so I find this sooo interesting:)

Alisa said...

Ahh the land run- I can remember doing it way back in elementary.
Love your photo documentary-

jen said...

These are just great photos. I love the way the light blues and browns work together. She looks so much like you, I think! Even more than the older one!!

Impulsive Addict said...

Love these pics! Too bad I can't post more pics on my blog. Most of mine are just too inappropriate since I drink. A lot. And then people would trick me into enrolling in AA. =)

~kidding~

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