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    Tuesday Trivia: Oklahoma

    Some Interesting Facts about Oklahoma:

    The world's first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935. Carl C. Magee, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is generally credited with originating the parking meter. He filed for a patent for a "coin controlled parking meter" on May 13, 1935.

    Vinita is the oldest incorporated town on Oklahoma Route 66 being established in 1871. Vinita was the first town in Oklahoma to enjoy electricity. Originally named Downingville. The towns name was later changed to Vinita, in honor of Vinnie Ream, the sculptress who created the life-size statue of Lincoln at the United States Capitol.

    Turner Falls Park in Davis is the oldest park in Oklahoma. Many springs from the world famous Arbuckle Mountains form Honey Creek that cascades down a seventy-seven foot fall to a natural swimming pool making the majestic Turner Falls the largest waterfall in Oklahoma.

    There is an operating oil well on state capitol grounds called Capitol Site No. 1.

    Anadarko is home to the only authentic Indian City in the United States. It is located in the beautiful Wa****a river valley in southwest Oklahoma.

    In 1998, a life size statue of a cattle drive, titled "On the Chisholm Trail," was set in place in Duncan as a monument to the American Cowboy.

    Born in 1879 on a large ranch in the Cherokee Nation near what later would become Oologah, Oklahoma, Will Rogers was first an Indian, a cowboy then a national figure. Will Rogers was a star of Broadway and 71 movies of the 1920s and 1930s, a popular broadcaster and wrote more than 4,000 syndicated newspaper columns.

    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 approximately 12:30 a.m., a B-17 Bomber based at Dalhart Army Air Base (50 miles to the south of Boise City) dropped six practice bombs on the sleeping town.

    Choctaw is the oldest chartered town in Oklahoma. Choctaw gained status as a town in 1893.

    The shopping cart was invented in Oklahoma.*Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Piggly Wiggly supermarket chain in Oklahoma City, conceived of the "folding basket carrier" in 1937 after brainstorming ways for customers to carry their groceries.*

    Known as the Antique Capital of Oklahoma, Jenks is home to the state's best variety of: Antique Stores, Gift Shops, Galleries, Museums, Crafters Malls, and Collectible Retailers.

    Located on the south shores of Grand Lake O' the Cherokees between Langley and Disney, the Pensacola Dam was built in 1940 and is still the World's Longest Multiple Arch Dam. Length of dam/spillway ... 6,565 feet. Length of multiple-arch section ... 4,284 feet. Pensacola Dam was the first hydroelectric facility in Oklahoma.

    Bob Dunn a musician from Beggs invented the first electric guitar 1935.

    Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma's only archaeological park, is a 140-acre site encompassing 12 southern mounds that contain evidence of an Indian culture that occupied the site from 850 A.D. to 1450 A.D. The Mounds are considered one of the four most important prehistoric Indian sites east of the Rocky Mountains.

    WKY Radio was the first radio station transmitting from west of the Mississippi River.

    Belle Starr one of the most famous women outlaws is buried in an isolated grave southwest of Porum, Oklahoma near the Eufuala Dam.

    Oklahoma's four mountain ranges include the Ouachitas, Arbuckles, Wichitas and the Kiamichis.

    Foress Ball Lillie was a participant in the land run of 1889, and set up a tent for business as soon as shots were fired. Lillie's Drug was the first drug store established in Guthrie. Lillie was issued the No. 1 license certificate when the new state of Oklahoma registered him as a practicing pharmacist.

    Oklahoma was the setting for the movie "Twister".

    On the evening of March 25, 1948, a tornado roared through Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma, causing considerable damage, a few injuries, but no fatalities. However, the destruction could have been much worse. A few hours earlier Air Force Captain Robert C. Miller and Major Ernest J. Fawbush correctly predicted that Atmospheric conditions were ripe for tornadoes in the vicinity of Tinker AFB. This first tornado forecast was instrumental in advancing the nation's commitment to protecting the American public and military resources from the dangers caused by natural hazards.

    Oklahoma is one of only two states whose capital cities name includes the state name. The other is Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Clinton Riggs designed the YIELD sign. It was first used on a trial basis in Tulsa.

    Oklahoma's state wildflower the Indian Blanket is red with yellow tips. It symbolizes the state's scenic beauty as well as the its Indian heritage. The wildflower blooms in June and July.

    Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water.

    On April 22, 1889, the first day homesteading was permitted, 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting gun were called Sooners. Hence the state's nickname.

    Oklahoma's state bird the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher is a somewhat quiet bird with beautiful plumage and a long sleek tail that is twice as long as its body. The deeply-forked tail resembles a pair of scissors.

    Oklahoma has the largest Native American population of any state in the U.S. Many of the 250,000 American Indians living in Oklahoma are descended from the 67 tribes who inhabited the Indian Territory. Oklahoma is tribal headquarters for 39 tribes.

    Oklahoma City National Memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on the site of the bombing in Oklahoma City April 19, 1995.

    Springs, streams and lakes are the attractions at Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the first national park in the state of Oklahoma. Chickasaw lies in a transition zone where the Eastern deciduous forest and the Western prairies meet.

    Sequoyah's Cabin in Akins is a frontier house of logs, occupied (1829-44) by Sequoyah (George Gist), the teacher who in 1821 invented a syllabary that made it possible to read and write the Cherokee language.

    According to the Aerospace Corporation, an Oklahoman is the only person to have ever been hit by falling “space junk.” The woman, hit by falling debris from the U.S. Delta II rocket, January 1997, was not injured, but she did think twice before imparting the lessons of Chicken Little’s cautionary tale on her children.

    Voicemail was patented by a man from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gordon Matthews created the technology in the 1970s and patented VMX (Voice Mailbox Express) in the 1980s. *

    Some Strange Laws in Oklahoma:

    - Being loud in a church. This law is from 1910 and still upholds today. If you are in church and being loud, technically, you can be arrested. What a way to keep your kids quiet in church!
    - Buying a car on Sunday. If you think you are going to buy a new care on your Sunday afternoon, think again! This is illegal and has been since 1959.
    - It is illegal to eavesdrop on someone else’s conversation and then go and publish it, that can land you with a misdemeanor.
    - It is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle.
    - It is illegal to have the hind legs of farm animals in our boots.
    - One may not promote a "horse or bear tripping event."
    - It’s illegal to curse. This law from 1910 still stands and there’s a fine of $1, if caught.
    - If you "falsely and wantonly impute to any female, married or unmarried, a want of chastity, he shall be deemed guilty of slander." Fine is $25.
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    Re: Tuesday Trivia: Oklahoma

    Thanks for this trivia about the state. DH was born in Ponca City but his family moved a few years later. It's on our bucket list to visit places he has lived.

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      Re: Tuesday Trivia: Oklahoma

      So interesting! My late hubby and I moved to Tulsa, OK shortly after we married 55 years ago. Our first born was born there. We only lived there for 2 years, but Always remember those days and i have a soft place in my heart for Oklahoma.


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        It’s illegal to curse. This law from 1910 still stands and there’s a fine of $1, if caught.
        - too bad this law isn't national. We could wipe out the national debt in no time. LOL

        Thanks for the info on OK
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          Re: Tuesday Trivia: Oklahoma

          Anita, this is some of the most interesting bits of trivia. Thank goodness for Sylvan Goldman & his grocery cart.




            Re: Tuesday Trivia: Oklahoma

            Very interesting! Excpecially the part about the cart.


              Re: Tuesday Trivia: Oklahoma

              It's to bad you did such an injustice to Oklahoma, shame on you for not remembering the victims of the bombing, I cried for every single sole that was lost, and the children oh, the children..... it can still bring tears to my eyes. I live in Cushing, when 911 happened, there was a reason why a fighter jet was immediately deployed to this small town airport. We (Cushing) play an extremely important part in the defense of this nation.
              When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted
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