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Brief History

Brief History

Submitted by: Bob Chada

© Guthrie Register-News, Sunday, April 17, 1955

Brief History Of Guthrie Is Recounted Here
Settled April 22, 1889, at high noon by run from boundary lines of the territory of Oklahoma from the east, west, north and south, Guthrie is truly the birthplace of Oklahoma.
The first man to arrive and stake a town lot or a farm was the owner of it.
Guthrie was designated the capitol of the territory of Oklahoma by the Federal Government and remain as such until 1910 when it was voted by the people to be moved to Oklahoma City.
Some noted people who formerly lived in Guthrie include Tom Mix, the movie actor, who once worked as a bar tender in one of Guthrie's noted saloons; Lon Chaney, another move actor, who worked as a prop boy at the old Opera House.
The late Will Rogers lived in Guthrie for a short time and he and Tom Mix received their first training in show business at the famous Mulhall ranch, 14 miles north of Guthrie.
Another bit of historical interest is the monument ten miles east of Guthrie which marks the place where Washington Irving camped in 1833 while traveling with an expedition of Mounted Rangers under the leadership of Captain Nathan Boone.
In the east part of Guthrie is located the marble Masonic temple erected at a cost of $3,500.000. It is credited with being the largest structure in the world which is used exclusively for Masonic purposes.
Guthrie is known as the fraternal city, the home of the Masonic Grand lodge and also the home of the Oklahoma Grand lodge for the Odd Fellows and the home of the Oklahoma Grand lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
Guthrie has a population of over 10,000 people. It has 11 city school buildings having an evaluation in excess of a half-million dollars.
Guthrie has a native stone sadium enclosing a gridiron, ball diamond and rodeo ground costing over $68,000. It also has five parks well-equipped with playground equipment which provide recreation for its citizens.
Guthrie has a very active Lions club, Rotary club, junior chamber of commerce, senior chamber of commerce, Business and Professional Women's club, Retail Merchants association, and many other clubs.
Located in Guthrie is one of the first and oldest Carnegie libraries in Oklahoma. In this library are many records which cannot be found at any other place in the United States.

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