April 22, 1889 is Guthrie's birthday! On that day, as settlers arrived,
participating in the Land Run of 1889, Guthrie went from a population
of zero to 10,000 overnight. It was to be the seat of government and a
showplace for Territorial and western prairie culture. Four months after
the Land 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 an astounding 81 Lawyers!
In 1910, after a bitter political squabble, the Capital moved to Oklahoma City
leaving Guthrie without its original purpose but with a treasure trove of late
nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture. For years, it remained a
sleepy village, until, in the 1980's, visionary citizens recognized the enormous
value of Guthrie's past and a city wide renaissance took place. Buildings long
abandoned were brought back to life. Architecture long hidden was restored
and Guthrie took on a new status as a tourism destination without parallel
anywhere in the United States.
From that time to 2016, Guthrie has been a great place to visit and explore
Guthrie is a National Historic Landmark and is the largest contiguous
Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. There are over
2,000 buildings covering 1,400 acres in the Historic District. Many of the
buildings and homes still in use today are listed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Guthrie is a vibrant, contemporary city that encourages the arts, economic
development and a unique quality of life that brings people from all over the
country who want to live in a thriving community with extraordinary character.
The downtown Historic District is an exciting residential neighborhood with
many apartment dwellers who enjoy Guthrie's "City Life". We love a good
parade, a street festival or a concert for thousands. Our merchants, innkeepers,
eateries and watering holes welcome residents and visitors alike and invite all to
experience the OK Territory in Guthrie, where it all began!
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Guthrie, IT - April 20, 1889
Walking to Guthrie, April 22,1889
Tent City - Guthrie, OT - April 27, 1889
Oklahoma Ave. Guthrie, OT June 20, 1889
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A LITTLE HISTORY
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ABOUT THE LAND RUN