Near Bison in Garfield County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Run of '89 North Boundary
At the opening of "Old Oklahoma", April 22, 1889, this was the north line for the Run starting at 12 o'clock noon. Prairies and hills in the 2,000,000 acre tract, south, were peopled by tens of thousands, homes were planted and tent cities sprang up before nightfall.
1. Run of '89 North Boundary Marker
Erected by Oklahoma Historical Society and State Highway Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 22, 1864.
Location. 36° 9.84′ N, 97° 53.407′ W. Marker is near Bison, Oklahoma, in Garfield County. Marker is on U.S. 81, 0.4 miles north of County Road E0590, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bison OK 73720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buffalo Springs (approx. 3½ miles away); Jesse Chisholm (approx. 13.1 miles away).
2. "Marrying Tree" stump and new growth.
The "Marrying Tree", across the road from the marker, was used as a visual marker for both the Cherokee Strip land run of 1893 and the Land Run of 1889.
The story behind this tree revolves around an Oklahoma law that said if you received a marriage license in a particular county you had to get married in that same county. Back in the day people would get on a train from Kingfisher or Hennessey and they would go to Enid to shop. After a day of shopping they would go down to the courthouse to get a marriage license. Then they would travel back to the site of this tree, meet their family and friends and get married under the umbrella of the tree.
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3. Remains of the "Marrying Tree"
The "Marrying Tree" was destroyed in a wind storm in 2007; only the stump remains along a fenceline along the north boundary line of the Land Run of 1889.
It has also been speculated that between 1867 and 1877, the "Marrying Tree" was witness to millions of head of longhorns headed north on the Chisholm Trail, which is just off to the west of Hwy 81.
4. Map of Run of '89 North Boundary Marker
The yellow dot shows the location of this marker on a map of the Unassigned Lands (outlined in red).
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2011. This page has been viewed 1,462 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 18, 2011. 4. submitted on January 18, 2011, by Christopher Suttle of Norman, Oklahoma. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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