Oklahoma

The Sooner State!

Oklahoma
Oklahoma is in the South Central region of the United States of America. Its capital is Oklahoma City. The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw phrase okla humma, literally meaning red people. Choctaw Chief Allen Wright suggested the name in 1866 during treaty negotiations with the federal government regarding the use of Indian Territory, in which he envisioned an all-Indian state controlled by the United States Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Equivalent to the English word Indian, okla humma was a phrase in the Choctaw language used to describe the Native American race as a whole. Oklahoma later became the de facto name for Oklahoma Territory, and it was officially approved in 1890, two years after the area was opened to white settlers.

Formed by the combination of Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was the 46th state to enter the union. Major land runs, including the Land Run of 1889, were held for settlers on the hour that certain territories were opened to settlement. Usually, land was open to settlers on a first come first served basis. Those who broke the rules by crossing the border into the territory before it was allowed were said to have been crossing the border sooner, leading to the term Sooners, which eventually became the state’s official nickname.

Oklahoma’s Official Web Site
The state’s official Web portal, has provided Oklahoma citizens and businesses with 24/7 access to state government information and services since 2001.
Oklahoma County Property Search
Oklahoma County Assessor Public Access System.

Other places and information for Oklahoma:

Oklahoma has a high rate of German, English, Scotch-Irish, and Native American ancestry with 67 Native American tribes represented in Oklahoma. During the 19th century, thousands of Native Americans were expelled from their ancestral homelands and transported to the area including and surrounding present-day Oklahoma. The Choctaw were the first of the “Five Civilized Tribes” to be removed from the southeastern United States. The phrase “Trail of Tears” originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation, although the term is usually used for the Cherokee removal.

Thirty-nine Native American tribal governments are based in Oklahoma, each holding limited powers within designated areas. While Indian reservations typical in most of the United States are not present in Oklahoma, tribal governments hold land granted during the Indian Territory era, but with limited jurisdiction and no control over state governing bodies such as municipalities and counties. Tribal governments are recognized by the United States as quasi-sovereign entities with executive, judicial, and legislative powers over tribal members and functions, but are subject to the authority of the United States Congress to revoke or withhold certain powers. The tribal governments are required to submit a constitution and any subsequent amendments to the United States Congress for approval.

Many festivals and events take place throughout the state. The Oklahoma Mozart Festival in Bartlesville is one of the largest classical music festivals in the southern United States, and Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts has been named one of the top fine arts festivals in the nation. The state has a rich history in ballet with five Native American ballerinas, known collectively as the Five Moons, attaining worldwide fame. In Sand Springs, an outdoor amphitheater called “Discoveryland!” is the official performance headquarters for the musical Oklahoma!

Prominent theatre companies in Oklahoma include; Oklahoma City Theatre Company, Carpenter Square Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, CityRep, American Theatre Company, Theatre Tulsa, Heller Theatre and Tulsa Spotlight Theater.

Oklahoma contains more than 300 museums; the Philbrook Museum of Tulsa , the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman, the Gilcrease Museum of Tulsa, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art are just a few.

The Oklahoma State Fair attracts close to one million people and the Tulsa State Fair attracts over one million people during their 10-day run. Annual ethnic festivals and events take place throughout the state such as Native American powwows and ceremonial events, and include festivals in Scottish, Irish, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Czech, Jewish, Arab, Mexican and African-American communities depicting cultural heritage or traditions.

Of course, there are many other things to see and do in Oklahoma.
Beavers Bend Resort Park
Lakeview Lodge: Cedar Creek Golf Course: Forest Heritage Center Museum: Nature Center
Bricktown
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Dining, Shopping, Events
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism
The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Group is managed by Cherokee Nation Entertainment and was created in 2006 to promote the story of the Cherokee people.
Frontier City
Take a trip back in time when you visit Oklahoma’s oldest theme park. Great shows, great rides, great times!
Kiamichi Railroad (KRR)
The KRR covers parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas for a total of 261 miles of track.
Master Works Hammer Dulcimers and Bowed Psalteries
We handcraft Hammer Dulcimers and Bowed Psalteries and provide hammer dulcimer music, instructional books, videos, and accessories.
Red River Valley Dulcimer Club
The Red River Valley Dulcimer Club is an association of hammer dulcimer and mountain dulcimer players as well as other acoustic instrument players on both sides of the Red River in Oklahoma and Texas
Wildlife Heritage Center Museum Antlers, Oklahoma
To inform and educate the citizens and visitors as to the rich natural resources and abundant wildlife that we all share as part of our history and heritage in Southeast Oklahoma.

Directions by City or Zip (Postcode)

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Travel:

Transportation in Oklahoma is generated by an anchor system of Interstate Highways, intercity rail lines, airports, inland ports, and mass transit networks. In 1927, a Oklahoma businessman Cyrus Avery, known as the “Father of Route 66”, began the campaign to create U.S. Route 66 using a stretch of highway from Amarillo, Texas to Tulsa, Oklahoma to form the original portion of the Highway.

Oklahoma’s largest commercial airport is Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Tulsa International Airport is the state’s second largest commercial airport. The State is connected to the nation’s rail network via Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer, its only regional passenger rail line. Two inland ports on rivers serve Oklahoma: the Port of Muskogee and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

Counties:

Oklahoma has 77 counties. Each County is headed by a three-member council of elected commissioners, a tax assessor, clerk, court clerk, treasurer, and sheriff. While each municipality operates as a separate and independent local government with executive, legislative and judicial power, county governments maintain jurisdiction over both incorporated cities and non-incorporated areas within their boundaries, but have executive power but no legislative or judicial power. Both county and municipal governments collect taxes, employ a separate police force, hold elections, and operate emergency response services within their jurisdiction. Other local government units include school districts, technology center districts, community college districts, rural fire departments, rural water districts, and other special use districts.

  • Adair County
  • Alfalfa
  • Atoka
  • Beaver
  • Beckham
  • Blaine
  • Bryan
  • Caddo
  • Canadian
  • Carter
  • Cherokee
  • Choctaw
  • Cimarron
  • Cleveland
  • Coal
  • Comanche
  • Cotton
  • Craig
  • Creek
  • Custer
  • Delaware
  • Dewey
  • Ellis
  • Garfield
  • Garvin
  • Grady
  • Grant
  • Greer
  • Harmon
  • Harper
  • Haskell
  • Hughes
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Johnston
  • Kay
  • Kingfisher
  • Kiowa
  • Latimer
  • Le Flore
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Love
  • Major
  • Marshall
  • Mayes
  • McClain
  • McCurtain
  • McIntosh
  • Murray
  • Muskogee
  • Noble
  • Nowata
  • Okfuskee
  • Oklahoma
  • Okmulgee
  • Osage
  • Ottawa
  • Pawnee
  • Payne
  • Pittsburg
  • Pontotoc
  • Pottawatomie
  • Pushmataha
  • Roger Mills
  • Rogers
  • Seminole
  • Sequoyah
  • Stephens
  • Texas
  • Tillman
  • Tulsa
  • Wagoner
  • Washington
  • Washita
  • Woods
  • Woodward
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