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Guthrie in Logan County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

State Seal Stolen

State Seal Stolen Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael E Sanchez, Jr., October 8, 2017
1. State Seal Stolen Marker
Inscription.  This building was the state capitol when the state seal was stolen from here and taken to Oklahoma City, on the night of June 11, 1910, thus moving the site of the state capitol. The first university of Oklahoma was located here in 1892. It operated as such for two years.
Erected by Fogarty Jr. High Oklahoma History Classes 1954 -55.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsNotable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is June 11, 1910.
Location. 35° 52.612′ N, 97° 25.359′ W. Marker is in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of East Harrison Avenue and South Broad Street on East Harrison Avenue. This marker is 14 feet east of Broad Street on the southeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 East Harrison Avenue, Guthrie OK 73044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Oklahoma (within shouting distance of this marker); Brooks Opera House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Library (about 600 feet away);
Logan County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael E Sanchez, Jr., October 8, 2017
2. Logan County Courthouse
The marker can be seen in front of the flag pole.
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Carnegie Library (about 700 feet away); Rough Riders (about 700 feet away); De Steiguer Building (about 800 feet away); Oklahoma Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gray Bros. Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guthrie.
Also see . . .
1. Was the Oklahoma state seal stolen, or just the true story?. 2010 article by Rob Collins in the Oklahoma Gazette. Excerpt:
Since [Black Oklahoma House of Representative messenger Jim] Noble could freely enter and exit, they asked him to take the seal to Oklahoma City, according to [Waldo B. Phillips’ 1980 article].

“Don’t ride the bus, train or in cars of your friends,” they told Noble, according to Phillips. “Walk, run, hitchhike or hobo. Remember, Jim, you are governor of the state of Oklahoma, and the future of your state depends on you.”

Guards outside the building joked with Noble about the package he carried, asking if he was bringing whiskey to a festive gathering, Phillips wrote. “Yes, a real big party,” Noble replied, according to Phillips.

Noble would never wish to repeat walking and riding 45 minutes to Oklahoma City, according to Phillips. “Each mile was a hazard, for he
Seal of the State of Oklahoma image. Click for full size.
Via Wikimedia Commons
3. Seal of the State of Oklahoma
feared that at any moment he would be discovered and branded a thief,” Phillips wrote. “He knew that the governor would declare his own innocence if Jim were found with the state seal.

"The governor explained to him that he should stand in history among the state's other great men. But Jim knew and understood that he never would.”
(Submitted on June 6, 2020.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Seal. Excerpt:
A seal is a device for making an impression ... including an embossment on paper, and is also the impression thus made. The original purpose was to authenticate a document... The seal-making device is also referred to as the seal... If the impression is made purely as a relief resulting from the greater pressure on the paper where the high parts of the seal matrix touch, the seal is known as a dry seal; in other cases ink or another liquid or liquefied medium is used, in another color than the paper.
(Submitted on June 6, 2020.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2019, by Michael E Sanchez, Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 96 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week June 7, 2020. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2019, by Michael E Sanchez, Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri.   3. submitted on June 6, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 3, 2022