• The pioneer spirit is alive and well today in the charming town of Perry, Oklahoma.

  • Cherokee Strip Museum school house in Perry

    Photo by: Lisha Newman/Oklahoma Tourism


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Perry, Oklahoma was born of the 1893 land run which opened the Cherokee Strip for settlement. At noon on September 16, 1893 the sound of a pistol signaled the beginning of the great race to stake a claim and take title to 160 acres of virgin land. The town of Perry sprang up in a single day with 40,000 residents of the tent city by nightfall.

These determined settlers created a community on the plains that still thrives today. Immerse yourself in the exciting history of the land run at the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry and stick around to enjoy the local flavor at family-owned restaurants with a long history of satisfied diners.

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