Facts on Oklahoma
The United States is so large it has a wide variety of places to visit. Each state is wonderfully unique with so much to offer. We lived in Tulsa for a few years and I was thrilled to find some really fantastic things to see and do in the state of Oklahoma and you will be, too!
Enjoy these cool facts on Oklahoma and Oklahoma’s largest city.
*Population is more than you think…larger than Las Vegas!
*You might want to move here! OK has the lowest cost of living in the US
*When you measure the city by miles, it ranks as one of the largest in the US. The 4th largest city in the US.
*Oklahoma City began during the 1889 Land Run
*Only two state capitals have the state name in them – Oklahoma City, OK and Indianapolis, IN.
*Home to the 2nd largest military air depot in the US – Tinker Air Force Base
*Oklahoma is located right smack in the middle of the US – it is equal distance from New York City as it is Los Angeles
*Sonic Drive Through has its headquarters in OKC
Facts on Oklahoma – The Most
*Girl Scout Cookies are a BIG thing in OKC and the top sales scout of all time lives here and sold $18100 boxes in her best cookie selling year.
*OK has more man made lakes than any other US state
*There are more tornadoes here in Oklahoma than in any other state.
*Oklahoma has more native languages spoken here than in another other state – 40 Native American languages.
*There are more female criminals incarcerated here than in any other state.
Facts on Oklahoma – The Only
*Oklahoma is the only state that has a county that touches 4 separate states! Cimarron County touches Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Kansas.
*Boise City, OK was the ONLY U. S. city to be bombed during WW II.
*The country’s only museum dedicated to lighters is in Guhrie, Oklahoma.
*The only state capital with a working oil rig on the grounds.
*The only authentic reproduction of an Indian City in the United States is in Anadarko.
*The only state to produce iodine.
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Oklahoma Interesting Facts – The Largest
*The world’s largest concrete pole is in Foyil, Oklahoma and is 60 feet tall.
*The world’s largest deposit of Alabaster is near Freedom, Oklahoma.
* Oklahoma is home to the world’s tallest hill! Mount Cavanal is 1,999 feet high.
*During the Pecan Festival in Okmulgee the following world records were earned:
World’s largest pecan pie
World’s largest pecan cookie
World’s largest pecan brownie
Biggest Ice cream and cookie party
The world’s largest soda bottle statue!
Oklahoma Weird Facts
*Cow Chip Throwing Capitol of the World! Beaver, Oklahoma holds a throwing contest each April and King Cow Chip is the town trademark. The current record is 188 feet 6 inches.
Facts on Oklahoma – The First
*The first shopping cart was used here
*First city to have parking meters – Oklahoma City (1935)
*The first radio to transmit west of the Mississippi river was WKY radio in 1921 from Oklahoma City.
*The first ‘YIELD’ sign was used in Tulsa.
*The first tornado warning was issued in Oklahoma City in 1948.
*The first Girl Scout Cookies were sold here.
Facts on Oklahoma – Famous People
*Brad Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
*Johnny Bench was born in Oklahoma City.
*Chuck Norris was born in Ryan.
*Will Rogers was born near Oologah Lake.
*Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa.
*Ron Howard was born in Duncan.
*Reba McEntire was born in McAlester.
*Dr. Phil was born in Vinita.
Facts on Oklahoma – Inventions
*Tulsa native, Gordon Matthews invented voicemail.
*The Ditch Witch was invented by Ed Malzahn in Perry, Oklahoma.
*Geronimo, famous Indian chief, is buried at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
*Twist ties for your bread loaf bag were invented here by Sara Lee Bakery
*The first electric guitar was invented in Beggs by Bob Dunn in 1935.
Are you ready to visit Oklahoma? There is SO much to see!
Are you road tripping through Oklahoma? Keep the kids busy while you are on the road!
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Natalie, The Educational Tourist