Susan Spess Shay

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O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A . . . OK!

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Flag-map of Oklahoma

Image via Wikipedia

I wanted to tell you about my small town, but while I looked for historic pictures on the Internet, I found this blog posted by Anthony Adams in April, 2009.

If you check, you’ll find that Oklahoma has two Big Cities–Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The rest of our Great State is made up of small towns. (So are Tulsa and OKC, but don’t tell them. They probably enjoy thinking they’re biggies.)

In case you missed Anthony’s article. Read on:

 Here Are Some Little Known But Very Interesting Facts About Oklahoma .

1. The bread twist tie was invented in Maysville.

2. The shopping cart was invented in Oklahoma City by Sylvan Goldman in 1927.

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 .

6. The Oklahoma State Capital is the only capital in the U.S. with working oil wells on its grounds.

Click here to learn more. Picture by Galen Fry Singer.

7. Boise City , Oklahoma was the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II. On Monday night, July 5, 1943, at 12:30 a.m., 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 on 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 humma meaning ‘red’. So the name means, ‘Red People.’ The name was approved in 1890.

12. Oklahoma 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 went from a vast, open prairie to a city of over 10,000 in a single day.

15. The nation’s first traffic ‘Yield’ sign, invented by Clinton Riggs, was erected in Tulsa on a trial basis.

16. Pensacola Dam 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.
(yikes.)
20. The highest wind speed ever recorded on earth was in Moore , Oklahoma on May 3rd, 1999 during the Oklahoma City F-5 tornado. Wind speed was clocked at 318 mph.

21. The ‘ Will Rogers World Airport ‘ and the ‘ Wiley Post Airport ‘ are both named after two famous Okies….

both killed in an airplane crash!!!

An update from Oklahoma.
Love The Summer?

Poolville, Oklahoma
Sunray, Oklahoma

Want Something To Eat?
Corn, Oklahoma
Grainola, Oklahoma
Hominy, Oklahoma
Olive, Oklahoma
South Coffeeville, Oklahoma
Sweetwater, Oklahoma
Cookietown, Oklahoma

Why Travel To Other Cities? Oklahoma Has Them All!
Cleveland, Oklahoma
Orlando, Oklahoma
Miami, Oklahoma
Pittsburgh, Oklahoma
Santa Fe, Oklahoma
St. Louis, Oklahoma
Chattanooga, Oklahoma
Peoria, Oklahoma
Burbank, Oklahoma
Fargo, Oklahoma

Don’t Forget The Wildlife!
Wolfe, Oklahoma
Eagle, Oklahoma
Buffalo, Oklahoma
Fox, Oklahoma
Bison, Oklahoma
Deer Creek, Oklahoma
Elk City, Oklahoma

We Have A Town Named After A Number…Forty-One, Oklahoma

And A Town Who’s Letter’s Don’t Spell Anything…IXL, Oklahoma

And For The Sportsman Who Wants To Get Away From It All…Fisherman’s Paradise, Oklahoma

We Even Have A City Named After Earth’s Only Satellite! Moon, Oklahoma

And A City Named After Our State! Oklahoma City , Oklahoma

Feeling A Bit Chilly?
Snow, Oklahoma
Slick, Oklahoma
Cold Springs, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Is Full Of Love!
Lovedale , Oklahoma
Loveland , Oklahoma
Lovell , Oklahoma
Bigheart , Oklahoma
Loyal, Oklahoma

Like To Read About The Presidents?
Adams, Oklahoma
Taylor, Oklahoma
Fillmore, Oklahoma
Grant, Oklahoma
Taft, Oklahoma
Johnson, Oklahoma
Lincoln, Oklahoma
Jefferson, Oklahoma
Reagan, Oklahoma
Wilson, Oklahoma
Roosevelt, Oklahoma
Carter, Oklahoma
Clinton, Oklahoma
Washington, Oklahoma

Other City Names In Oklahoma To Make You Smile…..
Frogville, Oklahoma
Loco, Oklahoma
Bushyhead, Oklahoma
Bugtussle, Oklahoma
Hooker, Oklahoma
Slaughterville, Oklahoma
Bowlegs, Oklahoma
Slapout, Oklahoma

And Regardless What Side Of The Fence You’re On…
Gay, Oklahoma
Straight, Oklahoma

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Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

2 thoughts on “O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A . . . OK!

  1. Thanks for sharing, Susan. That was an interesting read. Some of the facts and town names I had never heard before.

  2. Hi Lori!
    Thanks for dropping by. I thought it was interesting, too. I have heard of most of the towns, though.
    My cousin bought a pair of panties big enough to put on an elephant as a joke at Slapout once.
    I don’t know that I’d heard of Gay, Ok, though.
    He didn’t mention towns named after colors like Pink and Rose. I wonder what other colors Oklahoma has for names. Ü

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