Centennial Land Run Monument
The lead buckboard of the monument.
Woman interacting with the sculpture.
Statue of dog struggling to join the race.
Backstory and Context
Located along the Bricktown Canal River Walk, the monument includes bronze sculptures of 24 horses and riders, two covered wagons, a buckboard, a sulky, dogs, and even a startled rabbit. All the statues are quite lifelike and they stretch for 365 feet along the river walk, making the entire monument one of the largest free-standing bronze sculptures on the globe.
A bronze soldier, standing off to the side, is depicted firing the canon which set the frontiersmen on their journey to stake their claim on a plot of land back in 1889. Other statues include a bronze rider reaching back for his hat, a pair of horses, pulling a buckboard, rearing up in fear just before entering the water, and a dog struggling to leap from the back of a covered wagon to join the race.
The monument was designed and created by native Oklahoman artist, Paul Moore, and is accessible 24 hours a day. However, daylight visits are highly recommended.
Hoig, Stan. "Land Run of 1889." The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Accessed March 01, 2018. http://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=la014.