On the evening of April 18, 1892, a large group of people arrived at the western border of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian country of Oklahoma Territory. This was to be the third Oklahoma land run and settlers were anxious to stake their claims.
The next morning, the group made a hasty dash aboard wagons and buggies. Some simply ran as they could to whatever area looked the best. In a matter of days, Weatherford, Oklahoma Territory was born.
The southern Great Plains had a climate very different from that which the settlers left behind. Its unpredictability forced the new Oklahomans to adapt to new ways, new methods of dry land farming, new equipment, a new land. The adaptability of those who moved here a century ago has left a mark on the people who live here now. Through boom times and bust, we have learned that change is the only constant and hard work is not just a value, but a necessity.
Since those early times, the people of Weatherford have enjoyed a comfortable level of prosperity and growth, fostered in part by the presence of the university and high-tech industry.
Weatherford is more than the typical frontier town of a hundred years ago. Culturally and economically, it has elements of both rural and suburban America where one can sample the benefits of city life and, yet, simultaneously be a part of the open range.