Grand OPENING! and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
1893 Land Run Historical Center

The 1893 Land Run Historical Center located on the northwest corner of Cherokee Street and U.S. Highway 81, downtown Medford (September 2017).

The Open House and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the 1893 Land Run Historical Center (LRHC) will be Saturday, September 23, 2017 and will start at 1 p.m. or soon after the Medford Homecoming Parade, in front of the Historical Center located at the northwest corner of Cherokee Street and U.S. Highway 81, downtown Medford.  The Board of Directors cordially invites everyone to this long anticipated historic event.

The doors of the LRHC will open following the ceremony and stay open until 4 p.m.  The doors will reopen from 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday September 24. Admission will be free for the opening weekend.

“It has been a long journey of 8 years and I can hardly believe we’re at Opening Day.” said Bob Haddican, Executive Director 1893 LRHC.  “It hasn't been easy raising over $800,000 and our building is debt free.”

Breagan Tebow, Senior at Deer Creek/Lamont high school will sing the Star Spangle Banner and lead the crowd in singing of Oklahoma at the ceremony.  A large crowd is expected as many of the Medford Alumni supporters are flying in from all over the United States to attend this celebration.

The Musical Festival starts at 2 p.m. at the City Community Center with two shows:

  • 2 p.m. --  The Accordion Ladies from the Oklahoma Accordion Club Ok City, will present a 45 minute show playing a variety of Polkas and waltz medleys.
  • 3 p.m. --  Marshal Mathews, an Elvis Presley Tribute artist and entertainer will present an hour long show.

You will not want to miss this event as Grant County commemorates September 16, 1893 where at precisely twelve noon gun shots fired, unleashing the largest land rush America ever saw. Carried by all kinds of transportation - horses, wagons, trains, bicycles or on foot - an estimated 100,000 raced to claim plots of land in an area of land in northern Oklahoma Territory known as the Cherokee Strip. There had been a number of previous land rushes in the Territory - but this was the big one.

Please join the LRHC Board of Directors and special guests to be a part of this historical event and learn more about the 1893 Land Run in Grant County!

The 1893 Land Run Historical Center Board of Directors and Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese breaking ground September 27, 2014 for the new educational and historical museum.