Posted by The Huggy Merchant on November 16, 2000 at 10:52:30:
Did you know.....
This day, in 1907 Oklahoma enters the Union
The Indian and Oklahoma territories collectively enter the United States as Oklahoma, the forty-sixth state. Oklahoma, with a name derived from the Choctaw Indian words "okla," meaning people, and "humma," meaning red, was first set aside as Indian Territory in 1834. By 1880, dozens of tribes, forced into relocation by European immigration and the U.S. government, had moved to the territory. In 1889, the federal government, under pressure by cattlemen, opened nearly two million acres in central Oklahoma for settlement. At noon on April 22, a pistol shot signaled the opening of the new land, and tens of thousands of people rushed to stake claims. Those who had already made illegal entry to beat the starting gun were called "Sooners," hence Oklahoma's state nickname. In 1890, the region was divided into Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory, and seventeen years later was united into the State of Oklahoma.
so the thought for the day is from a famous resident of Oklahoma........
`My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat.'
(Will Rogers, All-around Entertainer, 1879-1935)
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