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When the sun set on April 21, 1889 there was no town on the windswept Oklahoma plains. The next day when the sun went down there was an Oklahoma City with 10,000 settlers. At noon on the 22nd the federal government opened “unassigned lands,” land not allocated for Indian reservations, to homesteaders who raced to stake a claim around a single thread of track on the Santa Fe Railroad. Getting land in Oklahoma is a little less stressful these days but can be every bit as exciting.
Most of the Sooners stayed near the cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa, especially after they became oil boomtowns. Oklahoma City is the only capital city in the world with oil derricks within its boundaries and Tulsa is home to some of the country’s best Art Deco architecture from the go-go days of the 1920s. That leaves most of the state still unsettled.
The Oklahoma of cowboys and wide open spaces does not get going until the eastern part of the state shakes off the Ouachita Mountains, one of Oklahoma’s four mountain ranges. The Ouachitas are home to the oldest and largest national forest in the southern United States. Big game is so abundant here hunters have been known to gush that it is the “deer capital of the world.” The towns even have names like Antlers. Check out Pushmataha and Choctaw counties for land to join in the bonanza.
Novelist John Steinbeck, who chronicled the travails of “Okies” escaping the Dust Bowl of the 1930s in The Grapes of Wrath might find it difficult to believe but boating is one of the most popular outdoor activities in 21st century Oklahoma. More than 200 artificial lakes, the most in America, make it so. Undeveloped lakefront land is never far away in the Sooner State.