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Oklahoma Land Run Memorial – Oklahoma City

December 14, 2008

The “Oklahoma Land Run Monument” in downtown Oklahoma City is a phenomenal piece of art located along the Bricktown Canal. The monument was commissioned to celebrate Oklahoma’s Centennial and is a work in progress. When completed it will measure 365 feet long the length of a football field with more than 40 pieces all one and one half times life size. The monument truly captures the excitement and chaos of the moment as settlers rushed in to stake their claim during the Land Run on April 22, 1889. The action and emotions of the moment are magnificently captured in bronze to commemorate the history and heritage of the Land Run for years to come.

I recently had an opportunity to meet Paul Moore the monument’s artist when him and his sons were in a motorcycle safety course with Dan and myself. I found Moore very modest about his work and talent which has gained national and international recogniation. A Native Oklahoma and Native American Moore works from his studio in Norman.

To get to the memorial there is road on the east side of the Residence Inn by Marriott at 400 E. Reno, turn south on this road and it takes you to a large parking lot near the memorial. Don’t forget to take you camera!

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