Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Oklahoma
Oklahoma, our 46th state, was admitted to the Union November 16, 1907. The 2000 census has Oklahoma's population at 3,450,654, ranking 27th in the US. With a total area of 69,898 square miles, the state ranks 20th in size. Oklahoma's capital, Oklahoma City, is also its largest city.
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Oklahoma fun facts:
Oklahoma State Bird: Scissor-tailed flycatcher
Oklahoma State Flower: Mistletoe
Oklahoma State Motto: Labor conquers all
Oklahoma State Song: Oklahoma!
Oklahoma State Tree: Redbud
Nickname: Sooner State
The geographic center of Oklahoma lies in Oklahoma County, eight miles north of Oklahoma City. At 4,973 feet, Black Mesa in Cimarron County in the Panhandle on the New Mexico border, is the state's highest point. The name Oklahoma is a Choctaw word meaning "red man," and was proposed by Reverend Allen Wright, a Choctaw-speaking Indian.
Brief History: Oklahoma was sparsely inhabited by Native American tribes when Coronado, the first European, arrived in 1541. In the 16th and 17th centuries, French traders visited. Part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, Oklahoma was established as Indian Territory but was not given territorial government. It became home to the "Five Civilized Tribes" - Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole - after the forced removal of Indians from the eastern US, 1828-1846. The land was also used by Comanche, Osage, and other Plains Indians. As settlers pressed west, land was opened for Homesteading by runs and lottery, the first run was on April 22, 1889. The most famous run was to the Cherokee Outlet, 1893.
Sooner state attractions include the Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma City National Memorial; White Water Bay and Frontier City theme parks, both in Oklahoma City; Will Rogers Memorial, Claremore; National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Remington Park Race Track, both Oklahoma City; Fort Gibson Stockade, near Muskogee; Ouachita National Forest; Tulsa's art deco district; Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Lawton; Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, Bartlesville; Sequoyah's Home Site, near Sallisaw; Philbrook Museum of Art and Gilcrease Museum, both in Tulsa.