Welcome to the August edition of This Month in Oklahoma History from your community of Owasso apartments. Despite the intense heat this time of year, August has historically been a busy month for Oklahomans. From Wild West shootouts to land runs and businesses being born, there’s plenty of significant August dates in Oklahoma history.
In the post below, we’ll be talking about three of the most interesting historical events that took place in Oklahoma in August! If you’ve ever wanted to be a little more informed about the history of Oklahoma, this blog is right up your alley.
Without further delay, let’s dive right into the post below! When you’re done reading through the blog, please feel free to share the link to this page with your friends and neighbors with your friends and neighbors at 98 Apartments — the apartments Owasso residents choose for comfort and convenience.
August 5th, 1932 — Stringtown Shootout
There aren’t many people tough enough to survive being shot seven times, but one sheriff in Stringtown, OK was up to the task. When he and his deputy approached a car parked in Stringtown on a hot day in 1932, they had no idea that the notorious Clyde Barrow (Of Bonnie & Clyde fame) was inside — and armed. The criminals shot out of the window, and the shootout resulted in a deputy being killed, but the sheriff survived to tell the tale. Today, there is a memorial in place at the site where the shootout occured. Go check it out next time you’re in the area!
August 6th, 1901 — Lawton Townsite Lots are Auctioned Off
When the Comanche and Apache lands were opened up for settlers, people came in droves to buy the first land parcels that President William McKinley had set aside. The Lawton site took up more than 320 acres of land, and it was divided up into 1422 different plots. All the land was bought at the auction, and people paid anywhere from $35 to $3,500. These people knew that land is always a good investment — especially when you can get it for just $35!
August 11th, 1898 — First Edition of the Cimarron News is Published
Located in the westernmost portion of the panhandle, Cimarron County is the least populated county in the state. Small populations need news too, however, which is why the Boise City News was first established 120 years ago. The newspaper is still being published to this day, and you can check out it’s Facebook page by clicking this link.
August 15th, 1900 — First Rural Mail Route in Oklahoma
With that, we’ve hit the end of our list of the most notable historic events in Oklahoma for the month of August! We’d like to take this time to thank those of you that have been coming back week after week to read every brand new blog from 98 Apartments, and we hope that you feel as though you learned something new by reading this post!
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