The first night in the settlement of Perry was utter chaos with more than 25,000 people trying to make a claim at the land office. Daylight revealed a city of tents, shacks and wagons all in disorder. Crude buildings were being erected all night and businesses sprang open the next day. Saloons and attorneys flourished and carpenters were in big demand as business owners were trying to accommodate the large crowd of people.
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Perry Carnegie Library was built in 1909 at a cost of $10,000, the exact amount provided in a gift from Pittsburgh steel magazine Andrew Carnegie. It is regarded as one of Perry's most prized possessions. An extensive renovation and space expansion project with an estimated cost of $450,000Perry, OK Carnegie Libraries
The three story building was built in 1924 to house the various Masonic organizations then active in Perry. In recent years the Masons have moved to a new location but their name remains associated with the building listed on the National Historic Register.Perry, OK Historic Buildings