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The Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum was organized in 1966 and it began with the goal of preserving the history of the Cherokee Strip Land Rush, which happened on September 16, 1893, as well as the background of the people who lived in the area.* The event became the largest race in its history as more than 110,000 people participated to get a piece of the seven million acres. In the event, Arkansas City turned out to be the largest of the registration points for the Run having 75,000 eager land seekers, including their families who moved to the city and took part in it.*

The Museum also aims to help preserve the region?s rich local history, which also includes its connection with the Native Americans, the westward pioneers, the Cowley County citizens and the late Governor Robert Docking.* The Museum features prehistoric relics that are displayed through exhibits.* Its collection also boasts of about 45,000 pieces that include artifacts, pictures and documents housed in the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum for the purpose of display and research.

Visitors to the Museum will be able to*attend the Bland School House as well as walk through wildflowers known in the Prairie.
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