According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, Oklahoma encompasses 69,903 square miles.
Source: Oklahoma Almanac 1995/1996, p.3
The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw language and means "Red Man." "Ukla" means person, and "huma" means red.
Source: Facts About the States 1993, p. 411.
Oklahoma became a state November 16, 1907. It is the 46th state.
Oklahoma Almanac 1995/96, p. 3.
There are 77 counties in Oklahoma.
The highest elevation in Oklahoma is the Black Mesa which is 4973 feet or 1516 meters above sea level.
Source: World Book Encyclopedia, v. 14, p. 714, 1998 Edition.
The lowest elevation in Oklahoma is along the Little River in McCurtain County which is 287 feet or 87 meters above sea level.
Source: World Book Encyclopedia, 1998 Edition, v. 14, p. 714.
Purple is for courage; white for innocence; yellow for hope; and blue for statehood.
Source: Oklahoma Today, Special Memorial Issue, 1996.
Amos T. Hall was appointed Special Judge of the District Court of Tulsa County in 1969 and served until 1970. In 1970 he was elected associate district judge of Tulsa County and served in that capacity until his death in 1971.
Source: "They Came Searching: How Blacks Sought the Promised Land in Tulsa", by Eddie Faye Gates. 976.68600496073 G223t 1997
The Boomers. Oklahoma is unique in that large sections of Oklahoma were first opened to white settlement with massive races for prime land.
Source: Tulsa World, April 21, 2003; p.H13.
There have been six: Norma Smallwood of Bristow (1926); Jane Jayroe of Laverne (1967); Susan Powell of Elk City (1981); Shawntel Smith of Muldrow (1996); Jennifer Berry of Tulsa (2006); and Lauren Nelson of Lawton (2007).
Sources: Tulsa World, January 30, 2007; p. A1; Tulsa World, January 29, 2006; p. A6; Tulsa World, April 21, 2003; p.A13.
1890 -- 258,657
1900 -- 790,319
1910 -- 1,657,155
1920 -- 2,028,283
1930 -- 2,396,040
1940 -- 2,336,434
1950 -- 2,233,351
1960 -- 2,328,284
1970 -- 2,559,229
1980 -- 3,025,290
1990 -- 3,145,585
2000 -- 3,450,654
2010 -- 3,751,351
Source: 2010 Census; 2000 Census; Historical Statistics of the States of the United States, 1993; p.74.
Guthrie. The seat of government was moved to Oklahoma City in 1910 after state leaders judged Guthrie too Republican.
Source: Tulsa World, April 21, 2003; p.A13; Oklahoma - A Guide to the Sooner State by Kent Ruth, p. 423.
The five women are: Moscelyne Larkin who was originally from Miami, and has lived many years in Tulsa establishing Tulsa Ballet Theatre and a school for young dancers; Maria Tallchief and sister Marjorie Tallchief, Osage Indians who grew up in Fairfax; Rosella Hightower from Durwood, named for a great lady in the history of the Choctaw tribe; and, Myra Yvonne Chouteau, a Shawnee-Cherokee Indian and a descendant of French trader Jean Pierre Chouteau.
Source: Tulsa World, April 6, 1997; Tulsa World, May 4, 2000, American Indian Ballerinas by Lili Cockerille Livingston, 1997.
Listed below are some water facts for the state of Oklahoma.
Source: Oklahoma Water Resource Board web site
The first parking meter appeared in Oklahoma City (1935) and was invented by Carlton Cole Magee in response to the growing problem of parking congestion. The first yield sign appeared in Tulsa (1950). The yield sign was invented by a former Tulsa Police Department member, Captain Clinton Riggs.
Source: Tulsa World, June 1, 2003; p.H2; Tulsa World, April 21, 2003; p.H13; "The History of Roads and Asphalt."
According to the 2009 Crash Facts Book, there are 2,504,091 licensed drivers in Oklahoma and 123,906 motorcycles.
During that year 1,286,452 were female and 1,217,639 were male.
Source: Oklahoma Crash Facts, 2009. pp. 11, 16-17. (http://www.ok.gov/ohso/Crash_Data_and_Statistics/2009_Crash_Facts_Book.html)
Several Oklahoma State agencies compile a list of endangered species. The Oklahoma Agriculture Food and Forestry department has a publication called "Protecting Oklahoma's Endangered Species from Pesticides" and The Department of Wildlife Conservation provides the list on their website under "Oklahoma's Endangered Species".
Red Dirt Music is a music genre that gets its name from the color of soil found in Oklahoma. It is a combination of blues, bluegrass, country, rock, folk, and field hollers.
The Powerball numbers can be found at the Oklahoma lottery web site or by calling 1-405-522-7700.
The Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative and the Oklahoma State Energy Office provide resources and economic information on wind power. You can also find information on solar power and biofuels.