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Old 06-30-2017, 08:52 AM
 
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McCurtain county wilderness area? Formed by the 1st act of Legislature after forming the state but no funding for it until the early 50's.

A great research project for a history class. Any historians i have communicated with cannot find out why. I think the secret is contained in diaries of the Legislature members.

So much to be done in a newly formed state. MC Curtain county should have been way down on the list to get anything done for them. Why was this the 1st act of the legislature?
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:03 AM
 
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Hello, Any one have any history on this legislator?

William H. Harrison Dem McCurtain
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Old 07-16-2017, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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I thought the first act of the Oklahoma state legislature was to institute Jim Crow laws.
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Central Oklahoma
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McCurtain county wilderness area? Formed by the 1st act of Legislature after forming the state but no funding for it until the early 50's.

A great research project for a history class. Any historians i have communicated with cannot find out why. I think the secret is contained in diaries of the Legislature members.

So much to be done in a newly formed state. MC Curtain county should have been way down on the list to get anything done for them. Why was this the 1st act of the legislature?
I doubt it was the first act of the legislature since it was acquired in 1918. I can't see a legislature meeting for ten years without passing a single law. McCurtain County Wilderness Area | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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This is a slippery slop history. I don't have the info anymore but at one time i read that the 1st act was to for McCurtain Cty Wilderness and then no funding until the 50's. I have seen the size reported to be14000+ acres to 6k and even 4 thousand.

Start comparing the info you can find about other things of that time and what you cannot find about the MC Curtain area.There is a difference
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Old 07-18-2017, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Central Oklahoma
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Since the land was acquired from the Choctaw Nation, perhaps there's info in their archives.
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:47 AM
 
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Who cares?
I started the thread and i care. Very interesting history about this. The new Wikipedia now talks about 24 miles of high fence! Never ever since 2004 have i ever seen that mentioned? Amazing considering the terrain. I have been along the east side and i saw a old pasture type fence down and gone but no signs of any 24ft tall fence. Why this tall fence? To keep out or too keep in? Keep WHAT in or out?
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:48 AM
 
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Since the land was acquired from the Choctaw Nation, perhaps there's info in their archives.
Thanks. I will try that.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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I started the thread and i care. Very interesting history about this. The new Wikipedia now talks about 24 miles of high fence! Never ever since 2004 have i ever seen that mentioned? Amazing considering the terrain. I have been along the east side and i saw a old pasture type fence down and gone but no signs of any 24ft tall fence. Why this tall fence? To keep out or too keep in? Keep WHAT in or out?
In the Wildlife Museum in Antlers there is a copy of a full-page newspaper story from the 1920's about this preserve and it says it was fenced in. I forget how many acres it was but it was very large. The fencing would have been to keep the deer inside the protected area, as they were extremely scarce in Oklahoma by statehood.
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Old 07-19-2017, 12:15 PM
 
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In the Wildlife Museum in Antlers there is a copy of a full-page newspaper story from the 1920's about this preserve and it says it was fenced in. I forget how many acres it was but it was very large. The fencing would have been to keep the deer inside the protected area, as they were extremely scarce in Oklahoma by statehood.
Thanks. I wil stop by there sometime.
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