Noble County, OK

Noble CountyThe opening of the Cherokee Outlet was the fourth, and largest, of Oklahoma's five land runs. On September 16, 1893 at 12:00 noon, more than 100,000 land hungry pioneers raced for 40,000 claims available in the Cherokee Outlet Land Opening. The dramatic land run in Oklahoma ushered in an era of agriculture development. Promoters, enticing immigration to the Outlet "P", later named Noble County in honor of John M. Noble of St. Louis who was the secretary of the Department of the Interior under President Harrison, promised the land to be some of the most productive in the Territory. Immigrants from almost every area of the United States and many foreign countries took part in this epic event.

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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Rose Hill School

The Rose Hill School is a furnished one-room country school built in 1895. In schools like this one, students received their eduction from the first through the eighth grade. Rose Hill School was moved to the museum grounds in 1971.

Perry, OK Historic Schoolhouses

Carnegie Library

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 $450,000

Perry, OK Carnegie Libraries

The Christoph Block Building

Charles Christoph built this building in 1900

Perry, OK Historic Buildings

"Hopes and Dreams" Statue

"This sculpture and the plaza surrounding it are dedicated to the honor of all the stalwart men and women who took part in the greatest land rush of all time - the celebrated Cherokee Strip Run, held on September 16, 1893.

Perry, OK Arts

The Wolleson-Nicewander Building

Originally the "Boston Store" built in 1894 and it was one of the first permanent buildings of stone on the square. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Perry, OK Historic Buildings

St. Rose Catholic Church

The St. Rose Catholic Church built in 1922 welcomes visitors through its magnificient set of brass double doors artisticly decorated in metalwork of symbolic emblems representing twelve saints.

Perry, OK Historic Churches

The Famous Store

James Lobsitz founded the Famous Store in October of 1893 in a modest frame building a half a block east of the present building. His general merchandise business prospered and he erected the 50 by 90 foot two-story brick building in 1908

Perry, OK Historic Buildings

The Masonic Building

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

The Pancoast Building

J.A.. Pancoast, a lawyer, erected this building in approximately 1905

Perry, OK Historic Buildings

Noble County Courthouse

The Courthouse Square is a focal point of downtown Perry and the three-story courthouse in the center of that green oasis looms brightly there, majestically serving as a symbol of justice and dominion. Built in 1916, at a cost of $100,000

Perry, OK Historic Courthouses

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