GUTHRIE–The gunshot has sounded, and thousands of people here cheered as it was announced that Oklahoma has become a state. The reenactment of the scene 100 years ago kicks off Oklahoma’s secondcentury.
A shot was fired by the grandson of Hugh Scott, the man who originally announced statehood. The crowds cheered and men on horses fired more shots, ringing in Oklahoma’s birthday.
Next up is a re-enactment of statehood and a mock marriage between Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory. The weather is clear, albeit cold, and people seem as jubilant as they were described to be 100 years ago today.
- Jennifer Mock, Capitol Bureau