Check out yesterday's post in Ohio with author T.Michelle Nelson here
Today we are in Oklahoma with blogger Becca @ Pivot Book Reviews. Let's see what awaits us in Oklahoma.
- The world's first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935.
- The Oklahoma state capitol is the only capitol in the world surrounded by working oil wells.
- Per square mile, Oklahoma has the most tornadoes of all U.S. states.
- Oklahoma was the setting for the movie "Twister."
- Originally, the state of Oklahoma was set aside for the exclusive use of the Indians and was called Indian Territory. However, in 1889, the land was opened to settlers in what became known as the " Oklahoma Land Rush." On the first opening day on April 22, 1889, 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting gun were called Sooners. Hence the state's nickname.
- Boise City, Oklahoma was the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II.
- Quapaw, Oklahoma is famous for "spooklights,” bouncing bright balls of white fire that have been reported as far back as the 1700's.
- Oklahoma has more miles of the original Route 66 than any other state.
- The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw words okla, meaning people, and homa, meaning red, which translates to land of the red people.