Friday, September 4, 2015

Covering America block 36 Oklahoma

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This week’s block is Oklahoma


Here’s some info about the sooner state.

Oklahoma flag

Entered Union (rank): Nov. 16, 1907 (46)

State Motto: Labor Omnia Vincit {Labor Conquers All Things}

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

  • During a tornado in Ponca City, a man and his wife were carried aloft in their house by a tornado. The walls and roof were blown away. But the floor remained intact and eventually glided downward, setting the couple safely back on the ground.
  • There is an operating oil well on state capitol grounds called Capitol Site No. 1.

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

    Originally the "Normal School," University of Central Oklahoma was Oklahoma's first public school of higher education. It began as a teachers college, and is now a premier institution of education in this region of the United States.

    Oklahoma was the setting for the movie "Twister".

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


    Connie Kresin Campbell said...

    Great block Bea and interesting info.

    DebraKay Neiman said...

    YA! OKLAHOMA. Boomer Sooner.