The temporary Capitol was in Guthrie, OK. But the plan for a permanent Capitol Building brought with it a fight between the Republicans in the West, and the Democrats in the East. they originally sought to create 2 states (Oklahoma & Sequoyah), but Roosevelt didn’t want another Democrat state(Sequoyah), so he supported a 1-state solution and hoped the Western Republicans would prevail.
The New JerusalemWilliam H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray proposed buying a township for the capital. He proposed selling lots around the capitol building and said the chosen place should have “good drainage and a picturesque grandeur. ” This and similar plans became known as the “new Jerusalem” approach to the capital - creating an entirely new city on the prairie with construction of the Capitol funded by the platting and selling of lots.
A retelling of the dubious escapades our past state leaders have been exposed for their role in.