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Originally Indian Territory, the state of Oklahoma was opened to settlers in a "Land Rush" in 1889. On a given date, prospective settlers would be allowed into the territory to claim plots of land by grabbing the stakes marking each plot. A few of these settlers entered to claim land before the official start of the land run; these cheaters were called "Sooners".

The first capital of Oklahoma was in Guthrie, but was moved later to Oklahoma City following a vote of the people.

An Oklahoman, Sylvan Goldman, invented the first shopping cart.
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"Oklahoma is a combination of the Choctaw words ukla (“person”) and humá (“red”). The word was used by the Choctaw to describe Native Americans, “red persons.” Allen Wright, chief of the Choctaw Nation from 1866 to 1870, suggested the name in 1866 during treaty negotiations with the federal government over the use of the Indian Territory. When the Indian Territory was whittled down to what is now Oklahoma, the new territory took its name from the Choctaw word." mentalfloss.com



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Robinson Street Looking North, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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A contest, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, was held in 1924 to replace the flag (used from 1911 to 1925), as red flags were closely associated with the red flag of communism. The winning entry by Louise Fluke, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, which was adopted as the state flag on April 2, 1925, resembled the current flag without the word Oklahoma on it.
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1817 - Indian resettlement begins in Oklahoma

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1834 - Indian Territory established in present-day Oklahoma

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1859 - Five Civilized Tribes hold council; consolidate their gains , in present-day Oklahoma

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
1872 - The railroad crossed Oklahoma, and routes of commerce began to open

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1889 - April 22 – At high noon in Oklahoma Territory, thousands rush to claim land in the Land Run of 1889. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed, with populations of at least 10,000.

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April 22, 1889
1895 - Oklahoma
Oklahoma, Ök-lah-hö'mah, a territory of the United States, bounded N. by Kansas and Colorado, E. by Indian Territory, S. by Texas, and W. by Texas and New Mexico. The territory comprises what once formed the western part of Indian Territory together with the narrow strip N. of the Texas panhandle. This latter section, formerly known as the Public Land Strip, or "No-Man's-Land," was ceded to the United States by Texas in 1850, but in fixing the boundaries during the territorial legislation which followed, this strip was left out, and for forty years was without a name and without law, though it was often erroneously represented on the maps as forming a part of Indian Territory. The area of Oklahoma is 39,030 square miles...

The population in 1890 was 61,834, and the principal towns are Oklahoma City (41.51), Guthrie, the capital (2788), East Guthrie (2141), and Kingfisher (1134).
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1897 - April 15 Drillers near Bartlesville, Oklahoma, strike oil for the first time in the designated "Indian Territory", on land leased from the Osage Indians. The gusher, at the Nellie Johnstone Number One well, leads to rapid population growth.

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April 15, 1897
1907 - Oklahoma became a state

1924 - December 24 - A flash fire at a Christmas celebration in a one-room schoolhouse in Babbs, Oklahoma kills 36 people, mostly small children.

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December 24, 1924
1930s - Severe drought and the national economic depression ruined most of Oklahoma's farmers


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1959 - Alcohol prohibition was repealed in the state of Oklahoma

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1971 - The McClellen-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System opened, connecting Tulsa (and Oklahoma) to the Mississippi River

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2023 - Here's a list of some of the top places to go and things to do in Oklahoma:
Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum: Located at the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, this memorial and museum provide a powerful and moving tribute to the victims and survivors. It's an important place to reflect on history.

Explore the Oklahoma City Zoo: This zoo is home to over 1,900 animals from around the world. It's a great place for families, and they offer various interactive exhibits and events.

Discover the Myriad Botanical Gardens: Right in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, these gardens are a peaceful oasis. Stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens, visit the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, and enjoy outdoor concerts and events.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area: Located in Sulphur, this area boasts natural springs, lakes, and hiking trails. It's perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, offering swimming, boating, and picnicking opportunities.

Tour the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: This museum in Oklahoma City celebrates ... Read MORE...

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