Oklahoma state quick facts
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The name "Oklahoma" comes from the Choctaw words: "okla" meaning people and "humma" meaning red, so the state's name literally means "red people."
How did Oklahoma get its name?
Facts about Oklahoma state
Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state in the United States. Lake Eufaula is the state's largest lake, followed by Lake Texoma.
Land of (man-made) lakes
Shopping cart was invented in Oklahoma. Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain in Oklahoma City, conceived of the "folding basket carrier" in 1937.
Facts about Oklahoma state
Oklahoma City is also one of only two state capital cities whose name includes the name of the state (Indianapolis is the other)
Cimarron County of Oklahoma is the only county in the United States that borders four states (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Texas) As a result, Cimarron County is the only county in the United States to border at least five counties from five different states.
County that touches most states
United States is the third largest producer of iodine in the world (behind Chile and Japan) Oklahoma is the only state that produces iodine in the United States.
The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed on the southeast corner of what was then First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on this day in 1935.
First parking meter
The first "tornado warning" in the United States was issued March 25, 1948 in Oklahoma City just before a devastating tornado hit the Tinker Air Force base
Oklahoma’s state capitol building is the only capitol with an oil well directly underneath it. In 1941, the “Petunia #1” well was slant drilled through a flowerbed to reach the oil pool, which produced about 1.5 million bbl. over the course of 43 years.
In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, which forced the Eastern Woodlands Indian tribes off of their homelands and into “Indian Territory,” which is now the state of Oklahoma. By 1840, nearly 100,000 Indians had been evicted and close to 15,000 had died of disease, exposure to elements or malnutrition along the journey, which became known as the “Trail of Tears”
Trail of Tears
Guthrie was the territorial and first state capital of Oklahoma. In 1910 a special election was held to determine the location of the state capital - 96,488 votes were cast for Oklahoma City; 31,031 for Guthrie; and 8,382 for Shawnee. So, Oklahoma city became the permanent capital city of Oklahoma state in 1910.
Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is the busiest airport in Oklahoma. The airport is named for comedian and legendary cowboy Will Rogers, an Oklahoma native who died in an airplane crash. Will Rogers World Airport is the only airport to use the designation "World" with no reference to its city location. It offers no international flights.
Sooner is the name first applied about six months after the Land Run of 1889 to people who entered the Oklahoma District (Unassigned Lands) before the designated time. The term derived from a section in the Indian Appropriation Act of March 2, 1889, which became known as the "sooner clause." It stated that no person should be permitted to enter upon and occupy the land before the time designated in the president's opening proclamation and that anyone who violated the provision would be denied a right to the land. Illegal claimants were initially called "moonshiners," because they entered the area "by the light of the moon." Sooners or moonshiners hid out in brush or ravines, then suddenly appeared to stake a claim after the run started, giving them clear advantage over law-abiding settlers who made the run from the borders. So-called "legal sooners" had permission to enter before the designated time but nonetheless had the same unfair advantage. Legal sooners included employees of the government (deputy marshals, revenue agents, mail carriers, land officials) or of the railroad company (trackmen, section hands) or those with special permits (Indian agents, teamsters, traders). The early legal settlers of Oklahoma Territory held a very low opinion of sooners. That began to change by 1908 when the University of Oklahoma adopted the name for its football team. By the 1920s the term no longer carried a negative connotation, and Oklahomans adopted the nickname as a badge of pride and progressivism. Although apparently never officially designated as such by statute or resolution, Oklahoma has since been known as the Sooner State.
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