Homesteaders on the borders waited anxiously for the opening of the Cherokee Outlet. They waited and waited and waited. Why such a long delay-at least in the eyes of the homesteaders? In the southwest corner of the Cherokee Outlet, east of the Pawnee reservation, was an area bounded by the confluence of the Arkansas and Red Fork (Cimarron) rivers. This area was known as Triangle Country. Thick with trees (mostly cedar) which covered the rolling hills, the area was located on the edge of Cross Timbers. It was a beautiful country-abundant with game and very much to the liking of the Cherokee Indians, because it reminded them of the homes they left in Georgia. James Duncan was assigned the task of surveying Cherokee allotments and of serving as governor of the Outlet until its opening. It was curious to everyone, including Hoke Smith, Secretary of the Interior, as to why the surveys were taking so long. Of the 62 Cherokee allotments chosen, 14 were in this heavily wooded area, known as Triangle Country, making it impossible for Duncan to survey more than one allotment per day. On September 7, 1893, Duncan went to the small community known as Tulsey (Tulsa) and wired his survey report to Washington. The Outlet was then opened on September 16, 1893, to those homesteaders who waited so anxiously through the long hot summer for a new home, a new chance and a new future.



Darlene Platt
Writer/Researcher
"North Central Oklahoma
Rooted in the Past - Growing for the Future"
Found on page 65 of this award winning book.
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