April 22nd: 130th Oklahoma Land Rush Anniversary

Monday, April 22nd 2019, 4:43 am
By: News On 6

On April 22nd, 1889 50,000 people lined up to run into the unassigned lands to claim their slice of 2 million available acres.

Known as Sooners, a number of people sneaked over the line before the noon opening to claim the best homesteads.

Those who waited until the legal time to cross into the territory, became known as Boomers.

Oklahoma City was founded on April 22nd and within a day had a population of 12,000.