Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907.
Five things you may not have known about the Sooner State:
- Originally Indian Territory, the state of Oklahoma was opened to settlers in a “Land Rush” in 1889. Prospective settlers would be allowed to claim plots of land by grabbing the stakes marking each plot on a specific date. A few of these settlers cheated and pulled their stakes early; these cheaters were called “Sooners”.
- The world’s first parking meter was installed on July 16, 1935 in Oklahoma City. A parking ticket was probably not too far behind.
- The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is in Oklahoma City.
- The town of Beaver is known as the Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World — the world championship is held there each April.
- The YIELD sign was first used on a trial basis in Tulsa.