Hardie delivers a race horse to Wells Fargo employee Ken Hunter to use in the race for land in the Oklahoma Strip to stake out a Wells Fargo depot. When there is no word from him, Hardie is sent to locate the missing man and the horse.
During the land rush of 1889, Wells Fargo selected a spot for its first bank and relay station in the new city Mason City, Oklahoma and Jim Hardie was tasked with buying a fast horse from his uncle's breeding farm with plenty of stamina to carry its rider to the designated spot and stake the company's claim. When the dust settles, another group has laid claim to the designated spot by violating the Army rules of entering the area early. Hardie is ordered to return there to determine what went wrong with the plan when neither the rider nor horse can be found plus Wells Fargo has no depot in Mason City. His questions quickly put him in danger.Written by
The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 took place on 22 Apr 1889 at noon. An estimated 50,000 people lined up to get a share of about 2 million acres. Oklahoma got its nickname "The Sooner State" because of the number of people who went into the Territory early, picked a piece of land, and hid until the legal time to lay claim to the property. See more »