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April 22, 1889


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Billie Walsh
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   The area that is now Logan County, and in fact, all of Oklahoma, was part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Between 1803 and 1830, the area changed hands between the Osage, Choctaw and Quapaw tribes, with the panhandle area under the control of Spain. From 1830 to 1855, the area of Oklahoma was known as Indian Territory, belonging to the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations. The panhandle area came under the control of the United States in 1850, and was considered as No Man's Land.
   Between 1855 and 1866, specific tribal boundaries were formed. From 1866 to 1889, numerous other tribes were relocated to Indian Territory, including Cheyenne and Arapaho, Comanche, Kiowa and Apache to name a few. An area called The Unassigned Lands was left in the north central part of the territory. This area, including most of what is now Logan County, was opened for settlement by the land run April 22, 1889. It is estimated there were over 50,000 people who participated in the run. Guthrie grew to some 10,000 people overnight.
   The great land “run” of April 22, 1889 provided great opportunities for settlers and speculators in land and thus was the beginning of settlement of the area. The hardworking settlers were determined to keep their 160 acres of free government land by building improvements, starting businesses, breaking sod to plant crops of vegetables, melons, corn, and kaffir. They were a hardy lot and faced tremendous difficulties in the first few years.
   Logan County was first designated as “County No. 1” when Oklahoma Territory was organized in 1890. It was later named Logan in honor of a great statesman and soldier, John Alexander Logan.

An extensive history of Logan County can be found in The Logan County History, Volumes I and II, as compiled by Helen Freudenberger Holmes.

Guthrie 1889
West Harrison St., 1889, Guthrie, Logan County

Logan County Links

Sand Bar Patterns
Sand bar patterns, Cimmaron River, Twin Lakes, Logan County

Genealogy Sites

1890 Oklahoma Census
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Logan County Statistics
Founded1890
SeatGuthrie
Area
Total 749 sq mi (1,940 km2)
Land744 sq mi (1,928 km2)
Water4 sq mi (12 km2) , 0.60%
Population
(2000)33,924
Density46/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Congressional district3rd
Guthrie 1889
Line at land office, 1889, Guthrie, Logan County

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Adjoining Counties


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Canadian County | Kingfisher County | Garfield County |
Payne County | Lincoln County | Oklahoma County | Noble County
Guthrie 1889
Guthrie, 1889



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Many thanks and warm appreciation to Tammie Chada for her
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Thank You to Nelda Brown and my cousin Sharon Crawford
for their stewardship of this site for many years.
Billie




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