United States (10). However in 1891, a great opportunity arose when there was a chance to
participate in a land run and settle in east-central Oklahoma. This opportunity drew many
people's attention and many people took the opportunity, including Czechs. One of the Czechs
who took this opportunity was Vlasaks.When the alarm to open land run with a gun sounded,
Vlasaks ran and selected a place which was later known as Lincoln County. This was the
unofficial start of Prague, Oklahoma.
In 1902, the property that Simek and Kozack owned was purchased by E.L Conklin and
offered to the community. Together with the residents and Eva Barta, they named the place
Praha referring to the town Praha, Czechoslovakia. However, it was later renamed Prague to
sound more Americanized.
Over time, this place was crowded with Bohemians. Although these
people do not have any previous connection, their same goals, language, and culture brought
them together, united by their cultural ties and language. According to the 1900 census record,
twelve percent of the population was identified as Czech and in 1910, the percent increased to 31