Before the magnificent oaks, clattering hoofs on brick-paved streets, and splendor of turn-of-the-century architecture, the sweeping prairie grass covering two million acres in Indian territory called to the brave and resilient to come and settle this land.
The Land Run of 1889
At noon on April 22, 1889, cannons resounded and tens of thousands of settlers thundered over the prairie on horses, in wagons, and on foot with only the goal of owning their own land. Over 10,000 claims were staked that day in the land next to Cottonwood Creek.
Driven by passion to embrace the unknown, these "sooners" exploded onto the landscape, forging businesses and a progressive lifestyle. Within hours, wooden structures replaced tents and within months a modern brick and stone city emerged: Guthrie born of ingenuity.
Today, public and private initiatives are ensuring the preservation of Guthrie's rich architectural legacy. Within one of the largest historic districts on the National Register, a portion of the downtown district is designated as a national historic landmark. This designation signifies the national importance of the downtown architecture and its history.
Guthrie is emerging with new technologies within a historic landscape, melding the rushing world with the serene ambiance of a cultural community.