Friday

Fun Facts about Oklahoma

Since we are The RHOK ~ Real Housewives of Oklahoma, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about our great state. Some of these I knew, but a lot of them I didn't. I do know that there is nothing to be ashamed about when you say you are an Okie!

  1. The bread twist tie was invented in Maysville, OK.
  2. The shopping cart was invented in Ardmore in 1936.
  3. The nation's first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935.
  4. The first Girl Scout Cookie was sold in Muskogee in 1917.
  5. Cimarron County, located in the Oklahoma Panhandle, is the only county in the U.S. bordered by 4 separate states — Texas, New Mexico, Colorado & Kansas . (I've actually stood on all those state lines!)
  6. The Oklahoma State Capital is the only capital in the U.S. with working oil wells on its grounds.
  7. Boise City , OK, was the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II. On Monday, July 5, 1943, at 12:30am., a B-17 Bomber based at Dalhart Army Air Base, Texas, dropped six practice bombs on the sleeping town, mistaking the city lights as target lights.
  8. WKY Radio in Oklahoma City was the first radio station transmitting west of the Mississippi River .
  9. The nation's first "tornado warning" was issued March 25, 1948 in Oklahoma City minutes before a devastating tornado. Because of the warning, no lives were lost.
  10. Oklahoma has the largest Native American population of any state in the U.S.
  11. The name ' Oklahoma ' comes from two Choctaw words — okla meaning "people" and homa meaning "red." So the name means, "Red People." The name was approved in 1890.
  12. Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state.
  13. Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state.
  14. During the "Land Rush," Oklahoma City and Guthrie went from vast, open prairie to cities of over 10,000 in a single day.
  15. The nation's first "Yield" traffic sign was erected in Tulsa on a trial basis.
  16. The Pensacola Dam on Grand Lake is the longest multi-arched dam in the world at 6,565 feet.
  17. The Port of Catoosa (just north of Tulsa ) is the largest inland port in America.
  18. The aerosol can was invented in Bartlesville.
  19. Per square mile, Oklahoma has more tornadoes than any other place in the world.

  20. The highest wind speed ever recorded on earth was in Moore Okla. , on May 3, 1999 during the Oklahoma City F-5 tornado. Wind speed was clocked at 318 mph. (My husband almost lost his cousin and cousin's two girls in this tornado.)
  21. The Will Rogers World Airport and the Wiley Post Airport are both named after two famous Oklahomans, both killed in the same airplane crash.
Oklahoma towns offer it all:

Love the summer?
~Poolville, OK
~Sunray, OK

Want something to eat?
~Cookieville, OK
~Corn, OK
~Grainola, OK
~Hominy, OK
~Olive, OK
~South Coffeeville, OK
~Sweetwater, OK

Why travel to other cities? Oklahoma has them all:
~Cleveland, OK
~Orlando, OK
~Miami, OK
~Pittsburgh, OK
~Sante Fe, OK
~St. Louis, OK
~Chattanooga, OK
~Peoria, OK
~Burbank, OK
~Fargo, OK

Don't forget the wildlife!
~Bison, OK
~Buffalo, OK
~Deer Creek, OK
~Eagle, OK
~Elk City, OK
~Fox, OK
~Wolfe, OK

There's a town named after a number:
~Forty-one, OK

A town whose letters don't spell anything:
~IXL, OK

For the sportsman who wants to get away from it all:
~Fisherman's Paradise, OK

We Even Have A City Named After Earth's Only Satellite!
~Moon, OK

A City Named After Our State!
~Oklahoma City, OK

Feeling a bit chilly?
~Cold Springs, OK
~Slick, OK
~Snow, OK

Oklahoma is full of LOVE:
~Bigheart, OK
~Lovedale, OK
~Loveland, OK
~Lovell, OK
~Loyal, OK

We even have our fair share of presidents:
~Adams, OK
~Carter, OK
~Clinton, OK
~Fillmore, OK
~Grant, OK
~Jefferson, OK
~Johnson, OK
~Lincoln, OK
~Reagan, OK
~Roosevelt, OK
~Taft, OK
~Taylor, OK
~Washington, OK
~Wilson, OK (This is where our very own Mrs. Hart is from.)

Just a smidgeling of songs about Oklahoma towns or the state:
~"Does the Wind Still Blow in Oklahoma?" – Reba McEntire & Ronnie Dunn (2007)
~"Home Sweet Oklahoma" – Leon Russell
~"I Heard Oklahoma Calling Me" – David Allan Coe
~"Never Been to Spain" – Sung by Three Dog Night, written by Hoyt Axton, an Oklahoman.
~"Okie from Muskogee" – Merle Haggard (1969) — 58th on the Top 500 Country Music Songs list.
~"Tulsa Time" – Danny Flowers, recorded by Don Williams, Eric Clapton, Reba McEntire, among others.     Flowers was the guitarist in the Williams band; the Williams and Clapton recordings were both released in 1978.
~"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" – writers: Sandy Pinkard, Larry Collins, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, recorded by David Frizzell and Shelly West, 1981.
~"Idabel Blues" – Red Dirt Rangers. Later recorded by Stoney LaRue. (I've seen Stoney LaRue perform this one. If you haven't listened to Stoney LaRue, you should!)

And, the big one that everyone knows is:
~ "Oklahoma" is the title song from, and the finale to, the Broadway musical Oklahoma!, named for the setting of the musical play. The state of Oklahoma officially adopted the song as its state song in 1953. State Representative George Nigh, who later served as the state's Governor, was the principal author of the legislation designating the state song.

Other city names that will make you smile:
~Bowlegs, OK
~Bugtussle, OK
~Bushyhead, OK
~Frogville, OK
~Hooker, OK (I actually lived in Hooker for a very short time. It's in the panhandle.)
~Loco, OK
~Slapout, OK (If you blink your eyes, you'll miss this little town if you are driving towards the panhandle.)
~Slaughterville, OK (This is south of Norman.)

And regardless of what side of the fence you're on......
~Gay, OK
~Straight, OK

There will be a Oklahoma history quiz next week! I expect you all to pass with flying colors!

~Mrs. Albright

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