AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[OK] The State Capitol
THE NEW JERUSALEM PLAN -- The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the "Stealing" of the State Capital.
Eighth Commandment: You Shall Not Steal
ENABLING ACT OF 1906 -- The movement for statehood thus culminated in June 1906 with the passage of the Enabling Bill, setting in motion the process of establishing constitutional state government. The Enabling Act empowered the people of the Oklahoma and Indian territories to elect delegates to a constitutional convention and set up a state capital temporarily at Guthrie, in former Oklahoma Territory. The capital was to remain at Guthrie until 1913 and thereafter would be located permanently by electors chosen at a statewide election that would be called by the legislature.
The Legislature passed House Joint Resolution 11 in 1908 to put a NEW JERUSALEM question on the general election ballot that November. The question directed the state to acuqire a site of sufficient size for a capital and the sale of lots to cover the cost of construction of a capitol building.