Four months after the
Land Run, in August
1889,The Guthrie City
Directory Listed:

6 an
Four months after the
Run, the Guthrie City
Directory listed:

6 Banks,
16 barbers,
16 blacksmiths
17 carpenters
2 cigar manufacturers
5 newspapers
7 hardware stores
15 hotels
19 pharmacists
22 lumber dealers
39 doctors,
40 restaurants,
and 81 lawyers
The second floor gallery spotlights life in the Oklahoma

Territory with the hardships and joys of living in a new

untamed land.

Life in the territory was difficult after the run. Two years of

drought and inexperience trying to farm the sand and red

clay soil led to desperate conditions. The area had sparse

resources for lumber and little access to water. Settlers

gravitated to creeks, rivers and railroad stations to ensure

plentiful water. Despite the hardships Oklahoma thrived.

Tent cities gave way to crude wooden houses and in cities

like Guthrie, impressive red brick buildings took the

spotlight as functional and as beautiful as

any in the large eastern cities.
The Victorian era was the authority in style, culture and architectural

influence. This was elegantly represented in Guthrie, the first state capital

by the many buildings designed by Belgian architect, Joseph Foucart.
Lawmen and outlaws are a popular topic for

Oklahoma historians. Names like the Doolin Gang

and the women who aided them, Cattle Annie and

Little Breeches, and lawmen like US Marshall Bill

Tilghman who had his own problems with the law.

Marshall Heck Thomas killed  Doolin in 1896

making him a hero among 19th Century lawmen.
Visit Guthrie and enjoy the

Oklahoma Territorial Museum!

We'll take you back to life in early

Oklahoma. Guthrie is a National

Landmark District that provides an

unprecedented view of a bygone era.
Railroads played an important role in the Territory

and helped create an economic advantage for the

area that exists to this day.
The State Capital
Publishing Museum
(Circa 1902) is one
of many buildings in
Guthrie designed
by Joseph Foucart
Guthrie's Tent City as photographed
on April 27, 1889
just five days after the land run.
Original '89er cabin
Cotton was a staple
crop in the 1880's.
One windmill could
irrigate five acres
or water 30 head
of cattle.