Prospective homesteaders prepare for the opening of the “Cherokee Strip”:
"The Nine Booths at Orlando [OkIa. Terr.] Sept. 15th, (18)’93, Where 36,000 Registered."
From the series: Opening of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma Territory, 1893, from the Records of the Bureau of Land Management
The opening of the “Cherokee Strip” in Oklahoma Territory on September 16, 1893 kicked off the largest land run in United States history. See also our series from last year commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act which provided the basis for land runs such as these.