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Of course we know Guthrie is the place to be during the holidays but in fact that
applies to anytime of year. As Oklahoma's First Capital and a distinguished tourism
destination, Guthrie has been recognized numerous times as a wonderful place
to visit. Each year we host thousands of visitors from around the world.
A LITTLE HISTORY
April 22, 1889 is Guthrie's birthday! On that day, as settlers arrived, participating in the Land Run
of 1889, Guthrie went from a population of zero to 10,000 overnight. It was to be the seat of
government and a showplace for Territorial and western prairie culture. Four months after the
Land Run, The Guthrie City Directory listed:
6 Banks, 16 Barbers, 16 Blacksmiths, 17 Carpenters, 2 Cigar Manufacturers, 5 Newspapers,
7 Hardware Stores, 15 Hotels, 19 Pharmacists, 22 Lumber dealers, 39 Doctors, 40 Restaurants and
an astounding 81 Lawyers!
In 1910, after a bitter political squabble, the Capital moved to Oklahoma City leaving Guthrie without its
original purpose but with a treasure trove of late nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture. For years,
it remained a sleepy village, until, in the 1980's, visionary citizens recognized the enormous value of Guthrie's
past and a city wide renaissance took place. Buildings long abandoned were brought back to life. Architecture
long hidden was restored and Guthrie took on a new status as a tourism destination without parallel anywhere
in the United States.
From that time to 2018, Guthrie has been a great place to visit and explore Oklahoma's history. We have three
fine museums in the Historic District: the Oklahoma Territorial Museum and Carnegie Library, The Territorial
Capital Sports Museum and The Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum and Apothecary Garden.
Guthrie is a National Historic Landmark and is the largest contiguous Historic District on the National Register of
Historic Places. There are over 2,000 buildings covering 1,400 acres in the Historic District. Many of the buildings
and homes still in use today are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, Guthrie is a vibrant, contemporary city that encourages the arts, economic development and a unique
quality of life that brings people from all over the country who want to live in a thriving community with
extraordinary character. The downtown Historic District is an exciting residential neighborhood with many
apartment dwellers who enjoy Guthrie's "City Life". We love a good parade, a street festival or a concert for
thousands. Our merchants, innkeepers, eateries and watering holes welcome residents and visitors alike and
invite all to experience the OK Territory "Guthrie Style"!
PO Box 1523 / GUTHRIE, OK 73044 / 405-412-4132
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