Guthrie was born on April 22, 1889. That was the day of the great land run
to claim the unassigned lands of the Oklahoma Territory. It was designated
as the First Capital of Oklahoma in 1904 and became the center of government
for the Territory, and later for the State of Oklahoma. In 1910, however, the
thriving young town, with well over 10,000 people was a victim of politics.
By a vote of the people in 1910 the capital and the state government moved
south to Oklahoma City which has remained the Capital of the State.
Guthrie then became a sleepy country town until the 1980's when wise and
forward thinking citizens realized that a wealth of late nineteenth and early
twentieth century architecture was napping and ready to be awakened.
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 brick sidewalks 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 exceptional historic towns.
Guthrie Art Walk, now in its 20th year is proud to be a part of the
Guthrie tradition and to be able to invite artists and art lovers to
spend an evening with us enjoying the art of Historic Guthrie!
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Guthrie, OK 73044
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