Profile America -- Friday, April 22nd. One of the most amazing events in U.S. history took place on this date in 1889 in Oklahoma. At noon, a shot was fired signaling the beginning of what came to be known as the Oklahoma Land Rush. Some 50,000 settlers scurried to make their claims on about 2 million acres opened by the federal government. By that afternoon, both Oklahoma City and Guthrie had gone from zero population to 10,000 each, with streets laid out, town lots staked off, and the beginnings of local government setup. The 1890 Census counted just over a quarter of a million people in Oklahoma. Now, the state is home to nearly 3.8 million. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 232
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 33
2010 Census Count
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