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Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central United States. Geographically, it is the 20th most extensive and the 28th most populous of the 50 states of America. The state’s name is derived from the Choctaw words ‘okla’ and ‘humma’, which literally means “red people”. See the fact file below for more information about the state of Oklahoma or download the comprehensive worksheet collection to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Became a State
November 16, 1907(46th)
south central United States
69,903 sq. miles(20th)
3, 687, 050(27th)
Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Broken Arrow, Lawton
natural Gas, oil, cattle, wheat, poultry, swine
temperate region, occasional extremes of temperate and precipitation typical in a continental climate – weather patterns can vary widely within the state from hot to cold
averages 31 inches
Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams
Arkansas River, Canadian River, Red River
Most Famous Citizens
Johnny Bench(baseball player)
Mickey Mantle(baseball player)
Bird – Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Flower – Mistletoe
Animal – Buffalo
Tree – Redbud
Insect – Honeybee
- In 1541, Spaniard Francisco Vasquez de Coronado first explored the territory of Oklahoma but the formal claim was made by French explorers during the 1700s.
At the beginning of the 18th century, Native American Indian tribes such as the Kiowa, Apache, Comanche, Quapaw and Osage populated the western and eastern region of Oklahoma.
- It became a part of the Arkansas Territory from 1819 until 1828.
- After a century, thousands of Native American tribes were expelled from Oklahoma after the passage of the Indian Removal Act
- The removal of the Five Civilized Tribes from the southeastern region of the United States marked the phrase “Trail of Tears.” The tribes include the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole people. All of them signed treaties with the Confederates during the American Civil War. By 1866, slavery was abolished in the Indian territory.
- On March 2, 1889, the Indian Appropriation Act was passed prohibiting people to enter the unassigned land of the Oklahoma District prior to the proclamation of the president. It was known as the “sooner clause” wherein illegal claimants were called “moonshiners.”
- On November 16, 1907, Oklahoma joined the Union as the 46th state.
- In 1910, Oklahoma City became the state capital after a special election was held. Guthrie and Shawnee were among the options. Along with Indianapolis, Indiana, Oklahoma’s capital city bears the name of the state.
- On May 13, 1935, Carl C. Magee of Oklahoma City patented the first coin controlled parking meter. In addition, Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Piggly Wiggly Supermarket chain in Oklahoma City, invented the shopping cart in 1937.
- On March 25, 1948, the first tornado warning was made in the United States before a tornado devastated the Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City.
- Cimarron County is the only county in the United States that borders four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Kansas).
- Economically, it is the third largest iodine producer in the world next to Chile and Japan. Furthermore, production of natural gas, oil, cattle, wheat, and poultry contribute to its resources.
- The Golden Driller was built by the oil industry in Oklahoma after the discovery of oil reserves. It was the fifth tallest statue in the United States.
- Local sculptor Bill Bennett created the “Hopes and Dreams” granite statue for the Cherokee Strip Centennial Memorial, while a life-size statue of Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford stands in Weatherford.
- The state has four mountain ranges including the Ouachitas, Arbuckles, Wichitas, and the Kiamichis.
- Today, Oklahoma has the largest Indian population compared to all states. Most of the residents are descendants of the 67 tribes who inhabited the Indian Territory.
- Some of its most famous citizens are Oral Roberts (evangelist), Ron Howard (director), Reba McEntire (singer), Brad Pitt (actor), and Will Rogers (humorist).
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Oklahoma Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Oklahoma which is a state located in the South Central United States. Geographically, it is the 20th most extensive and the 28th most populous of the 50 states of America. The state’s name is derived from the Choctaw words ‘okla’ and ‘humma’, which literally means “red people
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