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Re: Indian Territory
Posted by: David Perryman Date: June 28, 1998 at 18:16:53
In Reply to: Re: Indian Territory by Twilas Lueking of 32097

Twila, Your ancestors acquired land located in the Kiowa, Comanche, Arapahoe reservation. It is located approximately 1/2 mile east of the Caddo County/Grady County line. The dividing line between the old Indian Territory (where the Five Civilized Tribes were located) and the Old Oklahoma Territory (where the Plains Indians were located is approximately 4 1/2 miles to the east of the land. It is in a relatively pretty part of Grady County with rolling hills and is not very far east of Red Rock Canyon state park. The famous Chisholm Trail (named after Jesse Chisholm) along which hundreds of thousands of cattle were driven from Texas to the railroad yards in Kansas ran only about 18 miles east of the land. The closest town of any size is Minco, Oklahoma. The land that you describe is 80 acres in size and is located 20 to 30 miles southwesterly of El Reno, Oklahoma, present day site of Old Fort Reno. Fort Reno was one of a handful of military installations in the territories. Today, reinactors at Fort Reno bring history to life on several occaisions throughout the year. Since the area was South of the Canadian River, it was not opened by Land Run. It was opened by a Land Lottery that took place at Fort Reno. Lucky persons whose numbers were low enough were granted the right to homestead 160 acres. I am sure that there is an interesting story about how your family came to acquire only 1/2 of the standard sized allotment. But that lottery process did not occur in that area until approximately 1902.
The land you mention is only approximately 40 miles southwest of Oklahoma City and there are many attractions in the area that would help you and your children realize some of the hardships and excitement that your ancestors encountered. The Cowboy Hall of Fame is in Oklahoma City, Fort Reno has its attractions and Indian City in Anadarko has several attractions only about a thirty mile drive to the Southwest. To see the land that your ancestors set foot on, from Minco go North to the intersection of US 81 and State Highway 37. Go West on State Highway 37 for approximately 7 1/2 miles, turn South and proceed South for 2 miles, turn West and drive west for 1/2 mile. At that point, you will be at the Northeast corner of the land. The land extends south for 1/2 mile and west for 1/4 mile. Good Luck.

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