The Cherokee Strip: Its History & Grand Opening

Key Information

The Cherokee Strip: Its History & Grand Opening, 3rd Edition, By D. Earl Newsom

1992, 2009 [ISBN: 1-58107-150-7; 212 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 inch, soft cover] $18.95


CSHcoverThe opening of the Cherokee Outlet, popularly known as the Cherokee Strip, on September 16, 1893 was one of the great spectacles of American history. Relive the excitement in this outstanding volume by D. Earl Newsom, which includes:

  • 160 historical and present-day photographs
  • history of the Cherokee Nation and development of the Outlet
  • close looks at the Cherokee Strip towns of Alva, Blackwell, Enid, Newkirk, Perry, Ponca City, and Woodward
  • history of the famous 101 Ranch
  • a look at the present and future, as well as the history of the Strip
  • eyewitness accounts of the run from a diary of one landseeker

The Contents

Why the Strip Was Created – The Cherokees are Driven West

The New Cherokee Nation – The Trail of Tears Leads to Oklahoma

Cattlemen Invade the Strip – The Live Stock Association Takes Over

On the Cherokee Strip – The 1889 Land Run Stirs Settlers

Preparing for Opening – Rules Are Set for the Great Land Run

The Grand Opening – A Day of Triumph and Tragedy

Alva – The Vast Empire of Woods is Settles

Blackwell – “The Rock” Endures After 100 Years

Enid – “Queen City of the Outlet”

Newkirk – Saloons Provide County Tax Base

Perry – Thousands Jammed Hell’s Half Acre

Ponca City – One Man’s Dream Came True

Woodward – The Pioneers Survive Blizzards and Bobcats

The 101 Ranch – “Magic Empire” of the Cherokee Strip

Fighting Over the Spoils – The Big Countries Are Carved Up

The Strip in Crisis – Farmers and Oilmen Fight to Survive

The Years Aheard – Cities Look to Industry and Tourism

Reflections From One Hundred Years Ago – Some Eyewitness Recordings

The Author

A native of Drumright, OK, D. Earl Newsome is author of four other historical books, including Kicking Bird and the Birth of Oklahoma, Stillwater-One hundred Years of Memories, and two volumes on the great Drumright oil field. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He began his career as a newspaper reporter and editor and then taught journalism at Texas A&M College and the University of Maryland. He received numerous citations for academic and professional achievement. Earl passed away in 2013.


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