Near Gate in Beaver County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
No Man's Land
”No Man’s Land”
Colorado/Kansas • 37th Parallel
Texas State Line • 36° 30’ parallel
New Mexico • 103rd Meridian
Cherokee Outlet • 100th Meridian
Called “No Man’s Land” until 1890
Known then as
Became the Panhandle of Okla • Statehood 1907
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
Three counties were formed out of the Panhandle: Beaver, Texas, and Cimarron.
Oklahoma Historical Society
No Man’s Land • Historical Towns and Sites (nearby supplemental marker)
1. Alpine • 2. Balko • 3. Beaver • 4. Benton • 5. Bluegrass • 6. Boyd • 7. Clear Lake
8. Cline • 9. Elmwood • 10. Floris • 11. Forgan • 12. Gate • 13. Golden • 14. Gray • 15. Ivanhoe
16. Knowles • 17. La Kemp • 18. Lockwood • 19. Logan • 20 • Madison • 21. Mocane
22. Neutral City • 23. Rothwell • 24. Slapout • 25. Sod Town • 26. Sophia • 27. Sunset • 28. Surprise
29. Turpin • 30. Flat Top Mound • 31. Sharp’s Creek Crossing
• James Lane Cabin – Beaver
• Presbyterian Church – Beaver
• Sharp’s Creek Crossing Archeology Site
Beaver County Extension Homemakers (Organized 1917)
Beaver County Historical Society, Inc. (Organized 1969)
Erected by Beaver County Historical Society, Inc., and Oklahoma Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included Oklahoma Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 50.282′ N, 100° 0.225′ W. Marker is near Gate, Oklahoma, in Beaver County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 64 and N1680 Road, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 64. Touch for map. Marker and supplemental Historical Sites marker are located in a large pull-out on the south side of the highway, at the Beaver County/Harper County line. Marker is in this post office area: Gate OK 73844, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Also see . . .
1. The Secret History of the Oklahoma Panhandle. When the United States annexed Texas in 1845, the future Lone Star State was even larger than it is today, stretching all the way north into modern Wyoming. But the Missouri Compromise of 1820 had forbidden slavery north of the 36½th parallel, so Texas got its top chopped off. But the Kansas-Nebraska Act that created Kansas in 1854 used a different border: the 37th parallel, which had previously divided the Osage and Cherokee reservations in Indian Territory. There was a pesky 34-mile gap left over between Kansas and Texas. (Submitted on March 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Oklahoma Panhandle: Badmen in No Man’s Land. To the east, the western line of the Cherokee Outlet was drawn at the 100th meridian, leaving a gap of just under 170 miles before you reached the New Mexico Territory line. In time, Congress officially (Submitted on March 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. History of the Oklahoma Panhandle. During the warm months of the year this strip of land was home to nomadic Plains Indians, mostly Comanches. Countless traders with their caravans of freight wagons crossed the strip traveling between Missouri and Santa Fe. Military expeditions also used the route. During the 1860s sheep herders from New Mexico settled near the western end of this strip of land. In 1874, white buffalo hunters ignored the government's "no hunting" order for the southern plains including "No Man's Land." In 1878, cattlemen arrived looking for free open range for their animals. In was not until about 1880, that Jim Lane, a former wagon freighter, became the first permanent settler in "No Mans Land." (Submitted on March 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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