U. S. Government Land Office
The modest 18 x 30 feet false fronted frame building of the U. S. Land Office stood alone that day, capping the hill east of the railroad station. Almost immediately, it was surrounded by hundreds of eager settlers, attempting to register claims. By nightfall, it stood in a sea of tents that collectively made up Guthrie.
The Kansas City Gazette of April 23 reported; "The crowd around the land office is too great to be numbered. Those who did not get to file their claims last night slept where they were in line to be on hand this morning."
The Land Office continued it's "land office business" rush for weeks as the thousands of homesteaders filed claims and counterclaims for free land. Lines of claimants crowded "Hell's Half Acre" outside the Office.
Land Office Register John Dillie of Huntington,
After a brick U. S. Post office was built in 1903 on "Hell's Half Acre" the old frame land office was removed.
Erected 1980 by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is April 22, 1889.
Location. 35° 52.66′ N, 97° 25.65′ W. Marker is in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in Logan County. Marker is on South 2nd Street south of West Oklahoma Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: South 2nd Street, 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. Bonfils Building (a few steps from this marker); De Ford Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Office of E.P. McCabe (within shouting distance of this marker); Reeves Brothers Casino (within shouting distance of this marker); Guthrie City Hall
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Also see . . . Wikipedia on the Land Rush of 1889. (Submitted on October 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 26, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.