Oklahoma The Sooner State

Things to do

Holy City

One of the most popular things to do in Oklahoma is to Visit the Holy City. The Holy City is 66 acre area made for reenactments of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are many buildings and other structures that are very similar to the one's in biblical times. It is located in the Wichita Mountain's Wildlife Refugee. The back of the Holy City overlooks some beautiful mountains. When the Holy City first started there were only a few cast members and buildings, but by 1934, there were 150 cast members and many more structures. The place is open several months throughout the year, but the famous pageant occurs at Easter.

The Holy City in Lawton, Oklahoma.

National Cowboys and Western Heritage Museum

The National Cowboys and Western Heritage Museum is rated the #2 thing to do in Oklahoma. It is a very large museum located in Oklahoma City. It is full of neat artifacts from the 'cowboy era'. One of the most popular things there are the war bonnets and of course the iconic "End of The Trail" statue. The museum also has a large gift shop and great group tours. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has a great 'Museum Grill' as well with very fresh and delicious foods.

"End of The Trail" in National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

The Cave House

The Cave House is a very interesting structure built into the bottom of a hill that looks very similar to a cave. It was built in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1920's as a restaurant and it has been owned by many people of the years. Right now, a woman named Holly Wall owns it ad she uses it as a "woman cave". After many people asked to have a look inside, she decided to have tours on the weekends for 5 dollars. The decorations inside are almost all made of recycled materials. Rumors say that there is a hidden room that leads to the hills behind the house. They also say that there are many tunnels under and around the house that were used by the KKK as dumping grounds for all of the people they have killed! These mass graves are haunting the house! This is an amazing structure with great history.

tHE cAVE hOUSE

The Golden Driller

The Golden Driller is a 76 foot tall statue made of steel and concrete. The statue is actually the 3rd one made since 1953. The first one was a small statue made of brass and had a large grin. It was built by an Texas oilfield supply company . After the Golden Driller became so popular, they made anther one and then later, another one. The last one was built in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1966. Later a Texas supply company bought it and put Tulsa on the bet buckle. It had a very serious face and stronger, tougher build. It is also a mustard color instead of gold color. This is a very popular and amazing statue.

The Golden Driller

The Old Round Barn

The Old Round Barn is a great tourist attraction in Arcadia, Oklahoma. It was originally built in 1898 as a simple barn for cattle, but the bottom was the part that was used as a barn, where the top was used for dances and celebrations. Many people came to see this wonderful round barn. After a while though, the barn started to wear away and in 1988 the roof fell in. It was going to be an estimated $165,000 to restore the barn. A group of men called the Over-The-Hill gang restored it for only $65,000! It is now an amazing architectural phenomena and a great site to see in Oklahoma.

Original and Remodel of The Arcadia Round Barn

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Duck Hunter Drowns Trying to Save his Dog

When Tanner Shorter (22 years old) went duck hunting Saturday morning, he expected to be able to come home when he was done. That wasn't the case. He shot a duck and his dog chased it just like it usually does, but it was on the ice. Shorter chased the duck and fell into the ice and drowned. This all occurred in Duncan, Oklahoma. Tanner's wife is expecting a child.

Tanner Shorter

Firefighters Battled Northwest Oklahoma City House Fire

At 2:55 p.m. Sunday, January 8th a house in Northwest Oklahoma City erupted in flames. It is reported that the fire was started from some chimney ash. The fire destroyed the entire house, but luckily everyone was okay.

Suspect Leads Oklahoma Officers on Second Chase After Allegedly Stealing Patrol Car

Cops were called very early, Monday, January 9 about an armed robbery. They found Cody Rose near the scene and embarked on a police chase. After a short while, Rose crashed his vehicle and was arrested. Somehow, he escaped arrest though, and stole a police cruiser. He then crashed that police car and was arrested. This all occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cody Rose

Woman Joins Oklahoma City Police's Tactical Team

Elizabeth Herman became the second ever woman to join the Oklahoma City Police's Tactical Team. She is one of 28 people on the team, which is a huge accomplishment. It was however her second attempt to get into the program. Herman is one of the top shooters in her group as of November. She says that this is one of the goals she's had since she was little. It is a huge accomplishment and a great part of OKC police history.

History / state facts

State Symbols

State Animal: Buffalo

State Fish: White Bass

State Flower: Rose

State Tree: Redbud

State Insect: Honeybee

State Beverage: Milk

State Fruit: Strawberry

State Nickname: Sooner State

State Facts:

  • Oklahoma is the 20th largest state
  • There are 200 man-made lakes in Oklahoma making it the most in any state
  • Oklahoma was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803
  • Gordon Mathews (born in Tulsa, Oklahoma) invented voicemail in 1982
  • Geronimo (famous native american from Oklahoma area) is buried in Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  • Some famous people from Oklahoma include: Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Chuck Norris, Ron Howard, Carrie Underwood, Reba, Brad Pitt, and Blake Griffin
  • There were at least 564 earthquakes that were 3.0 or higher in Oklahoma in 2014, which is the most in one state in one year
  • Oklahoma usually has the strongest storms, but not the most tornadoes

Historical Facts

  • On November 16, 1907 Oklahoma became the 46th state
  • There were 39 American Indian Tribes in Oklahoma
  • On June 8, 1974 five tornadoes hit Oklahoma City
  • Oklahoma state capitol building is the only one to have an oil well right underneath it
  • Oklahoma comes from two Choctaw Indian words meaning red people
  • People in Oklahoma are called Oklahomans or Okies
  • More than 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma
  • On April 19, 1995 Oklahoma was bombed by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols (168 deaths)

Location Facts

  • Oklahoma is located in the middle of the country
  • Bordered by Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas
  • Looks similar to a hatchet
  • Known for its Panhandle
  • Primarily Central Time Zone
  • A little bit of the west is Mountain Time Zone
  • Population - 3.878 millions
  • In the middle of Tornado Alley
  • Between Great Plains and Ozark Plateau
Oklahoma

Native American Tribes

Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is a Native American tribe that has been around since September 6, 1839. They are a very traditional nation. They still wear traditional clothes like tear dresses and moccasins and they use stones and arrowheads for their spears and arrows to hunt. They also use things from nature like cane, white oak, hickory bark and honeysuckle to make baskets and herbs for medicinal purposes. They still play Chunkey too. Chunkey is game involving a stone disk and two players with poles trying to hit the disk into each other's goal. Hospitality is still a very important part of their culture as well. Today, there are almost 3,000 members of the Cherokee Nation.

Chickasaw Nation

The Chickasaw Nation is another Native American tribe in Oklahoma. They are well known for their great traditional foods like Grape Dumplings and Fry Bread. They still use the same recipe to make them today that they did 200 years ago. Similarly to the Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation takes great pride in their ancestry and they celebrate tradition and history. The Chickasaw Nation used to speak Chickasaw - a Muskogean similar to that of the Seminole.

Caddo Nation

The Caddo Nation is yet another Native American Tribe in Oklahoma, but this group didn't always used to live in that area. They used to be located in the Piney Woods near the Ozark Mountains. They were close to the Caddo River (thus the name). Later they moved westward toward Oklahoma. The word caddo comes from the French word Kodohadacho, which means "real chief". The tribe mostly speaks Haisinai and Hainai now. As of October 2011, the tribe had 4,944 members. They stick to traditional like the Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations and they still wear breeclothes, wraparound skirts and moccasins. They also participate in the Turkey Dance, which is their most important one.

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