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Group of Four Photographs documenting the beginnings of Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma 1901-1902

four photographs, measuring 5 x 7 inches, printed on glossy paper, one torn and chipped with some loss, two with light damp-stains, else good.

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These photographs depict the early days of Anadarko, Oklahoma. Each photograph is captioned in pencil on the back. The photographs were all taken from roughly the same vantage point. The first depicts an empty field "the day before the offering," the second depicts the newly built main street, with new buildings and cornstalks still sticking up in the street, the third depicts the view down the three month old main street, and the fourth, Anadarko's main street at one year, now a bustling thoroughfare.

The city of Anadarko sprang into existence as part of the Land Lottery Bill of 1901, six years prior to statehood. Sixty-three lots were sold at auction the first day of the new town's existence. Anadarko, is located in Caddo County and is the self-titled "Indian Capital of the Nation."