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The Citizens' Committee

Oklahoma City April 23, 1889

 

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By Mark Hilton, October 21, 2019
1. The Citizens' Committee Marker
Inscription.  
Overnight, a city of tents arose next to the railroad station. But where were the streets and lot lines? Amid the confusion, a mass meeting was called which elected a committee to bring order with a new survey.

Confusion reigned on Tuesday, April 23, the day after the Land Run, as settlers realized that nobody was in charge. Surveyors representing competing townsite companies tried to mark the streets on land that a day earlier had been open prairie. As conflicts escalated, a small group of men called a mass meeting, enlisting boys on ponies to spread the word.

Settlers flocked to the southwest corner of Main and Broadway. Angelo C. Scott, a young Kansan with a booming voice was elected chairman. Amidst heated discussions, the assembly resolved to conduct a new townsite survey and entrusted its oversight to a citizens' committee to be elected on the spot, each member to come from a different state.

Citizens shouted the names of their nominees, who were hustled onto boxes next to the chairman and secretary. "If the crowd liked his looks they voted him up; if not, they voted him down," recalled Scott.

Fourteen

The Citizens' Committee Marker, in background, next to car. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 21, 2019
2. The Citizens' Committee Marker, in background, next to car.
citizens were elected, and they proceeded to sort out conflicting claims and provide a semblance of leadership as settlers went back to work setting up camp on the open prairie.

Photo captions: Left: Claims were in doubt because of conflicting street alignments in the Seminole and Citizens' surveys. Research Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society
Right: A Citizens' Committee of 14 (nine of whom are shown here) began surveying streets and lots and adjudicating claims the day after the Run. The Chairman, Angelo C. Scott, is pictured on the back row, far right. Research Division of the Oklahoma Historical Society
 
Erected 2018 by Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Wiggin Properties. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 35° 28.055′ N, 97° 30.89′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker is on West Main Street west of North Broadway Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: West Main Street, Oklahoma City OK 73102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Settling the Conflicting Surveys (a few steps from this marker); The Election of May 1, 1889 (within shouting distance of this marker); Angelo C. Scott

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(within shouting distance of this marker); A Summer of Political Unrest (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Hall by Forfeiture (about 400 feet away); The Building of Oklahoma City (about 600 feet away); The Land Run (about 800 feet away); Charles Colcord (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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