We found this monument to the land run (or rush) of 1889. It is an amazing collection of 45 statues replicating a group of settlers on a run for unassigned lands that occurred on April 22, 1889. People were racing to stake a claim on these lands.

 

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Welcome Sign

Centennial Land Run Monument – Welcome Sign

This monument is located at the south end of the Bricktown Canal near the intersection of highways 40 and 35.

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Land Run of 1889 Plaque

Centennial Land Run Monument – Land Run of 1889 Plaque

A brief history is laid out on this plaque. There are other stone plaques that add to the story of this historic event throughout the monument.

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Overall View of Monument, City, & Sponsor Pillar

Centennial Land Run Monument – Overall View of Monument, City, & Sponsor Pillar

The setting is a bit of everything. You can focus in on the monument itself and look up and see the modern city in the background. There are a series of stone pillars throughout the park that explain how this monument came to be and who helped sponsor it.

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Trail of Riders

Centennial Land Run Monument – Trail of Riders

This is an interesting monument in that there are many statues and therefore, many different views to choose from.

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Horse Falling

Centennial Land Run Monument – Horse Falling

There is even a bit of chaos thrown into the mix for some realism.

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Horse Close-Up 1

Centennial Land Run Monument – Horse Close-Up 1

The detail of the statues is quite extraordinary and a sight to behold.

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Boat Crossing River

Centennial Land Run Monument – Boat Crossing River

There is an odd sense about this location. There are boat rides that run along the canal which serves as a part of the monument.

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Bridge Over Calm Waters

Centennial Land Run Monument – Bridge Over Calm Waters

The park itself is beautiful and well maintained. The area around the monument statues is not as well maintained.

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Waterfall

Centennial Land Run Monument – Waterfall

There is even a beautiful waterfall along the canal.

 

 

The statues and the story they tell are well worth the visit. I must say that the whole place has a strange feel to it as it is a mix of history, modern day park, and riverwalk that sits in the shadow of the city’s high-rise buildings.

For more information about this site and the history behind it please go to:

https://www.visitokc.com/listings/oklahoma-land-run-monument/467/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_run

 

Centennial Land Run Monument - Oklahoma City, OK

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