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The Story of Guthrie

At noon on April 22, 1889, cannon resounded around a 2 million-acre section of Indian Territory, launching (President Benjamin) "Harrison's Hoss Race." During the next 6 hours, about 10,000 people settled in what became the capital of the new Territory of Oklahoma -  Guthrie. Born from prairie grass in the morning to one of the nation's largest cities west of the Mississippi River in only six hours, Guthrie truly was a Magic City, as it was referred to nationwide in the press of the day.

Within months Guthrie became a modern brick and stone "Queen of the Prairie" with municipal water, electricity, a mass transit system and even underground parking garages for carriages. By 1907, when Guthrie became the capital of the brand new state of Oklahoma, it looked much as though it had been lifted out of a more established state back east.

However, statehood meant turning over political control from the national level to the state. Guthrie, without the protective arm of the federal government and cast into a hostile political climate, fought and lost her battle to retain her status as capital only three short years later. In the middle of the night on June 10, 1910, the State Seal was removed to Oklahoma City, and along with it, Guthrie╣s entire economic base. She soon slipped into an economic sleep lasting 70 years.

But Guthrie had been skillfully constructed in a manner befitting a capital city, and while wrapped in a cloak of limited economic potential, she gathered dust and aluminum storefronts in her sleep but lost almost none of her grace. Today, through careful restoration, a rich architectural legacy has been preserved in all its grandeur. Guthrie╣s magic has returned. It╣s now the largest urban Historic District in the U.S. with 2,169 buildings on more than 400 city blocks, and has been honored by the National Trust with the designation as a National Landmark City, one of only a handful of such cities in the entire U.S.! 

With so many historic homes in our city and the fact that it is a natural attraction to visitors, it's no wonder that since 1995, Guthrie has so many distinct and elegant inns. Come stay with us in Guthrie, the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Oklahoma! 

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