to claim the unassigned lands of the Oklahoma Territory. It was designed to be the capital of the Territory, and later as capital of the state of Oklahoma. In 1910 however, the thriving young town with well over 10,000 people was a victim of people was a victim of politics. The state seal was removed and transported south to Oklahoma City which has remained the Capital of the State, while Guthrie, overnight, became a sleepy country town.
Today, Guthrie stands as a monument to the extraordinary architecture and artistic vision that was a part of it's original plan to be the capital. Residential and commercial zoning exist side by side in the Historic District and the city is a prime destination for tourists from all over the world on any given day. The quaint streets once again bustle with activity and commerce.
Guthrie has been the recipient of numerous awards and designations over the years. It is listed as the largest contiguous Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, was designated as one of the National Trust's Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2004 and is A National Historic Landmark. Several notable movies have been shot in the Historic District and Guthrie has been featured on many TV programs and in numerous magazine and newspaper articles focusing on notable historic towns.
The Carnegie Library and Oklahoma Territorial Museum
Oklahoma Avenue in the '89er Day Celebration parade.