Kiowa's 44th Pioneer Days to remember 125th anniversary of Land Run of 1893

Parade 11 a.m., followed by skit, Shriners selling roasted corn, pulled pork and more


April 18, 2018

As a Kansas town bordering Oklahoma, Kiowa was one of the starting points of the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. Like other border towns, Kiowa had days of celebrations for the centennial in 1993.

It’s hard to fathom that another 25 years has passed and 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of the land run.

On Sept. 16, 1893, some 100,000 people raced to claim six million acres of land in former Indian Territory in Oklahoma. On that very first day historians report that 40,000 homesteads were claimed. The New York Times had billed the Land Run of 1893 as the “greatest real estate deal of th...

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