"The Sooner State" Oklahoma by rexvaughan

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Strange history

Oklahoma is my home state - I was born, raised, educated and married here so I will always be an "Okie".

The history of the state is a strange one. Before the great Land Run of 1889 the entire state was Native American reservations - they kept being pushed off land the white folks wanted and promised that was it, but it never was. Oklahoma has the largest Native American population of any state and, to its credit, made efforts to affirm that and reclaim their history and culture. The recently completed Capitol dome in Oklahoma City is topped by a Native American figure called "The Guardian" done by a Seminole artist.

Another strange twist is that the original state capitol was in Guthrie but the state seal was stolen in the dark of night and taken to Oklahoma City.

The name "Sooner" is a source of pride to a great many Oklahomans but was actually born of underhanded dealings. The land rush was to begin April 22, 1889 but some folks snuck in early to stake their claims. They were known as "Sooners."

  • Last visit to Oklahoma: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2006 at 9:03 AM

    A nice little page on Oklahoma! I more than enjoyed my short time in the state while waiting for the start of a meeting in Dallas!! Good point about the brick streets - I saw an old one in Kansas not so long ago.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2006 at 3:08 PM

    Excellent introduction, Rex. Another great restaurant tip. Enjoyable, interesting as well as informative.

  • TravelCool's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 8:15 PM

    I met an actress who played a mermaid in Oklahoma.

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