Run of 1889
This relief honoring the pioneers of the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run stretches 21 feet at Bicentennial Park in Downtown Oklahoma City. The Land Run took place on April 22, 1889 as 50,000 people raced to claim the available two million acres in the Unassigned Lands that eventually led to statehood in 1907. By the end of the day, both Oklahoma City and Gurthrie had established cities of about 10,000 people. By the second week schools had already been opened and the settlers really began to make a living farming and trading. Within one month, Oklahoma City had five banks and six newspapers. Rome may not have been built in a day, but Oklahoma was.
“Run of 1889” contains more than two hundred and fifty figures for 21 feet at the entrance to Bicentennial Park, renovated in 2012 as part of Project 180 in Oklahoma City. Project 180 was a four year, $176 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core more pedestrian friendly. The relief shows mainly horses and riders racing to stake their claim in the Unassigned Lands that would eventually lead to the state of Oklahoma.