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Moving to Oklahoma
Originally, the state of Oklahoma was set aside for the exclusive use of the Indians and was called Indian Territory. The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw words "okla," meaning people, and "homa," meaning red, which translates to land of the red people. In 1889, the land was opened to settlers in what became known as the "Oklahoma Land Rush." On opening day, April 22, 1889, 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting gun were called Sooners, and the state's nickname was born.
Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907. With an area of 69,903 square miles, Oklahoma is the 20th largest state in the USA. As of 2000, the population was approximately 3.5 million people, making it the 27th most populous state. Major industries are farming (wheat, cattle), oil, and natural gas. The billionaire J. Paul Getty began his oil empire in Tulsa. This is oil country. In Oklahoma City, there is an operating oil well on the state capitol grounds called Capitol Site No. 1.
Now that you are moving to the Sooner State, impress your family and friends with these Oklahoma fun facts:
State Capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.
State Motto: "Labor omnia vincit" - Labor Conquers All Things.
Oklahoma has the largest Native American population of any state. Many of the 250,000 American Indians living in OK today are descended from 67 tribes who inhabited Indian Territory in the 19th century.
Oklahoma is tribal headquarters for 39 tribes, including the Cherokee Nation.
State wildflower is the Indian Blanket.
State flower is the Oklahoma Rose.
Will Rogers was born on a large ranch in the Cherokee Nation that is today Oologah, OK. Rogers became a nationally known cowboy.
The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City.
Per square mile, Oklahoma has the most tornadoes of all U.S. states.
Oklahoma was the setting for the movie "Twister."
NEXRAD (Next generation weather radar) was invented by a pair of professors on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma's School of Meteorology.
Sylvan N. Goldman of Humpty Dumpty Stores invented the first shopping cart in Oklahoma City in 1937.
Big Foot was sighted in Vici, OK in 1977. Though a search party was sent out, no evidence was found.
Oklahoma has four mountain ranges including the Ouachitas, Arbuckles, Wichitas, and the Kiamichis.
Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water.
The official State Meal is chicken fried steak, fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, black eyed peas and pecan pie.
Milk is the official state beverage.
The first Boy Scout Troop in the US was formed in Pawhuska in 1909.
Oklahoma has more miles of the original Route 66 than any other state so you can get your kicks on Route 66 in OK.
Enjoy your new home - Oklahoma!