Stop 14: Hell's Half Acre

Marker Location: 100 S E K Gaylord Blvd, Santa Fe Depot


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May 1, 1889

The first formal election is held. A Mayor and city council are chosen.

May 23-24, 1889

Cheyenne and Arapahoe leaders meet with federal officials to discuss the sale of land claims outside the Unassigned Lands.

July 16, 1889

The election to adopt a new city charter written by Kickapoo dissenters is shut down by the Mayor.

August 29, 1889

A new city charter written by supporters of the Mayor is overwhelming rejected at the polls.

September 17, 1889

Six congressmen visit the city for a first-hand look at Oklahoma country.

September 21, 1889

Another Kickapoo charter election is broken up by the U.S. military.

November 11, 1889

Mayor W.L. Couch resigns after a summer and fall of political unrest.

November 27, 1889

Dr. A. J. Beale, a Kickapoo leader, elected to replace Mayor Couch.

December 1889

Federal officials order Mayor Beale to stop challenges to existing property ownership, effectively shutting down city government.

May 2, 1889

The Oklahoma Organic Act sets federal rules to establish a territorial government.

July 15, 1890

Oklahoma City incorporated

August 9, 1890

W.J. Gault is elected the first mayor of Oklahoma City after incorporation.


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