Opening of Cherokee Outlet
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This Kansas Historical Marker, that replaced an earlier version in 2012, is located in a small park between US Highway 77 and 61st Lane (Lovers Lane) at 306th Road just south of Arkansas City, Kansas.
Waymark Code: WMGEFN
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 02/22/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Opening of Cherokee Outlet

At noon on September 16, 1893, more than 100,000 people lined the borders of the Cherokee Outlet listening for the pistol shots that started one of the world's greatest races. The prize was 8,000,000 acres of land: a quarter section or a town lot to every eligible settler who could stake a claim. For weeks 50,000 homeseekers and speculators from all parts of the country had been gathering to make the run from this vicinity. Jockeying for position as noon approached were city cabs, bicycles, covered wagons, buggies, ox teams, Indian ponies, and race horses. Thousands prepared to walk and other thousands filled the cars of special railroad trains. When the pistols were fired the mad rush began along 400 miles of border. By nightfall the Outlet, which for centuries had been home of the Indian, the coyote and the buffalo, was a settled land of townsites and homesteads.

Marker Name: Opening of Cherokee Outlet

Marker Type: Roadside

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Marker Location: Cowley

Year Marker Placed: 01/01/2012

Official Marker Number: 60

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

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