“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Elmwood in Beaver County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

No Man's Land

No Man's Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2016
1. No Man's Land Marker
You Are Now Entering Old
No Man's Land

Colorado Kansas 37th Parallel
Called "No Man's Land" until 1890
Known Then as
Beaver County
Became the Panhandle of Okla. Statehood 1907
Texas State Line 36 30" Parallel

The 37th Parallel was chosen as the southern boundary of Colorado and Kansas. New Mexico's eastern boundary was the 103rd Meridian. By the Missouri Compromise, Texas came into the Union with 36 30" Parallel as their northern boundary. This northern boundary of Texas is the only state boundary in the Union set by the Missouri Compromise, (Mason - Dixon). The Cherokee Outlet stopped at the 100th Meridian. This left a strip of land 34 miles wide and 167 miles long without any form of government. Congress called it the Public Land Strip but it became known as No Man's Land. Being outside any jurisdiction or any form of government, it became the home of outlaws, cowboys and settlers. Beaver City was the largest town in the area. By the Organic Act of 1890, Congress attached this unclaimed land to the newly organized Oklahoma Territory, with Beaver City as the county seat. It continued thus until Okla. was admitted to the Union Sat., Nov. 16, 1907.

Three counties were formed out of the Panhandle - Beaver, Texas and Cimarron.

This area
No Man's Land Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2016
2. No Man's Land Marker
has the most unique history in all the United States.
Erected by Beaver County Historical Society. Inc., and Oklahoma Historical Society.
Location. 36° 30.084′ N, 100° 31.375′ W. Marker is near Elmwood, Oklahoma, in Beaver County. Marker is on Oklahoma Route 23 8 miles south of U.S. 412, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is just north of the Texas state line. Marker is in this post office area: Beaver OK 73932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Route of Jones and Plummer Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away in Texas); Booker (approx. 3.2 miles away in Texas); Heart Cemetery (approx. 4.7 miles away in Texas); Darrouzett Cemetery (approx. 10.8 miles away in Texas).
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 147 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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