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.
This monument is located at the south end of the Bricktown Canal near the intersection of highways 40 and 35.
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.
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.
This is an interesting monument in that there are many statues and therefore, many different views to choose from.
There is even a bit of chaos thrown into the mix for some realism.
The detail of the statues is quite extraordinary and a sight to behold.
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.
The park itself is beautiful and well maintained. The area around the monument statues is not as well maintained.
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.
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