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The name "Oklahoma" comes from the Choctaw words: "okla" meaning people and "humma" meaning red, so the state's name literally means "red people."

The Oklahoma official state meal everyone eats are the following great foods: fried okra, squash, corn bread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas. Plus the State beverage is milk.

Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state. These include Major General Thomas P. Stafford (Weatherford); Gordon Cooper (Shawnee); Owen Garriott (Enid); Shannon Lucid (Oklahoma City) and William Reid Pogue (Okemah).

Oklahoma was among the states hardest hit by the Great Depression and the drought that created the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.

Attendance at school is compulsory for children ages 5 to 18 in Oklahoma, the longest education commitment of any state in the nation.

Oklahoma's Cimarron county is bordered by more states than any other U.S. county: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas.

On April 22, 1889, land opened for white settlement in Oklahoma. Some people entered in “sooner” than they were supposed to. They became known as Sooners. Eventually that nickname spread to all Oklahomans.

Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation in the production of all wheat, fourth in cattle and calf production; fifth in the production of pecans; sixth in peanuts and eighth in peaches.



The aerosol can was invented in Bartlesville; the parking meter in Oklahoma; and the shopping cart in Ardmore.

Oklahoma doesn't have Indian Reservations. The State does however, have 39 federally-recognized tribal nations headquarters in the state, and rank second to California as the state with the largest Native American population.

Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water and 2,000 more miles of shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined.

Click-here for the state government website for Oklahoma