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Trail ride commemorates Oklahoma history, ends with 89er Day parade in Norman

The 35th annual trail ride commemorating the 1889 Land Run gets underway Thursday, culminating in an 89er Day Parade in Norman on April 20.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: April 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm •  Published: April 11, 2013

Waldron sleeps nightly in his well-equipped red wagon, unlike most of the travelers who ride all day but sleep nights in air-conditioned trailers or recreational vehicles. They get up each morning and drive their trailers to the next night's camp, then catch a bus back so they can ride the trail.

About 100 people and 25 wagons will make this year's trip. At 4 mph, the wagons average 20 miles a day. The group camps at ranches on the way, ending the ride with a stay April 18 at the Expo Center in Purcell and a campout at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds on April 19.

The public is invited to the Purcell or Norman campsites to visit.

Riding the trail is a way of reliving history and educating future generations about Oklahoma history, Guess said.

“You have to experience it to really appreciate what it feels like,” she said. “When you get on one of those wagons, time slows down. You slow down. You get to really communicate with people. There's really nothing like it.”

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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