The official starter fired his pistol on Sep. 16, 1893 and thousands of land-hungry Americans, including a slew of eager Texans, were off and running for the Cherokee Outlet.
Ever wonder how so many Okies have Texans in their family tree? Simple. Their Lone Star ancestors took part in the three races for free land. Read all about it in “This Week in Texas History” for Wednesday, September 10 through Tuesday, September. And if your local newspaper doesn’t carry the column, sign up today for a private email subscription available on this web site.