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A Few Important People

Oklahoma City / Oklahoma County
City of Tulsa / Tulsa County
Norman / Cleveland County
Broken Arrow (Tulsa County)
Lawton / Comanche County
Edmond (Oklahoma County)
Moore (Cleveland County)
Midwest City (Oklahoma County)
Enid / Garfield County
Stillwater / Payne County
Muskogee County
Bartlesville / Osage & Washington

Smaller Counties & Towns

Railroads of Oklahoma

Indian Country of Oklahoma

Reading Material, Other Media

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flag of the State of Oklahoma           Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma [est. 1907]           2008 state series U.S. quarter for Oklahoma           2011 park series U.S. quarter for Chickasaw National Park in Oklahoma

Official Government Links & Info
The word 'oklahoma' derives from two Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning 'people' and 'red'.
Oklahoma covers 69,898 square miles {181,195 square kilometers}; the population is 3,814,820 (2012 estimate).
The state was admitted to the Union on 16 November 1907 {the 46th state}.
The state motto is "Labor omnia vincit (Work conquers all)"; the popular name is 'The Sooner State'.
The state mammal is the American Bison; the state fish is the Sand Bass.
The state reptile is the Collared Lizard; the state amphibian is the Bullfrog.
The state tree is the Eastern Redbud; the state flower is the Oklahoma Rose.
The state wildflower is the Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchellum); the state grass is the Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans).
The state bird is the Scissor-tailed flycatcher; the state game bird is the Wild Turkey.
The state insect is the Honeybee; the state butterfly is the Black Swallowtail.
The state fossil is Saurophaganax maximus; the state rock is Rose Rock.
The state beverage is Milk; the state vegetable is Watermelon; the state fruit is Strawberry.
The state song is "Oklahoma!"; the state folk dance is the Square Dance; the state waltz is "Oklahoma Wind".
The time zone in Oklahoma is officially Central (except that tiny Kenton, Oklahoma on the western border uses Mountain Time).

Official Website of the State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department
Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department
Oklahoma Film & Music Office
Oklahoma Territory Film Council
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Statewide Links
browse travel books about Oklahoma U.S.A. at Amazon
Indian Territory [1834-90] entry at Wikipedia
Oklahoma Territory [1890-1907] entry at Wikipedia
Oklahoma [est. 1907] entry at Wikipedia

Oklahoma State Fair [est. 1907]
Harvey House Restaurants {there were 7 locations in Oklahoma}
Oklahoma Heritage Assn. [est. 1927] based in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Heritage Hall of Fame [est. 1928]
Billy Sims BBQ chain [est.2004] - 33 locations in Oklahoma
Hutchinson Oil Company & Hutch's C-Stores [est. 1969] - 17 locations in OK, two in KS
Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame [est. 1991]
Oklahoma Recycling Assn. [est. 2006] based in Tulsa
NewPages.com's Directory of Independent Bookstores for Oklahoma

American Farmers & Ranchers Insurance of Oklahoma [est. 1906] branch of the National Farmers Union [est. 1902]

Rick Walker's Route 66 Research Page
Route 66 Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore

Oklahoma Route 66 Assn.
National Route 66 & Transportation Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma

A Few Important People of Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin [since 1/2011; GOP]: official website
LtGov. Todd Lamb [since 1/2011; GOP]

U.S. Senator & science denier Jim Inhofe [since 1994; GOP]
U.S. Senator & obstructionist Thomas A. Coburn [2005-2016; GOP]

OK-01 Cong. Jim Bridenstine [since 1/2013; GOP]
OK-02 Cong. Markwayne Mullin [since 1/2013; GOP]
OK-03 Cong. Frank Lucas [since 1994; GOP]
OK-04 Cong. Tom Cole [since 2003; GOP]
OK-05 Cong. James Lankford [since 2011; GOP]

William Penn Adair [], Cherokee tribal leader and Confederate colonel in the American Civil War

actor & musician Gene Autry [1907–98]

country music singer/songwriter Hoyt Axton [1938–99]

'cool' jazz trumpeter Chet Baker [1929–88]

Jack Miles Bickham [1930-97]
wrote 75 novels in many genres (two were made into movies) and taught writing at the University of Oklahoma
browse books • IMDb listing • Wikipedia • inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 1992

Black Kettle [1801?–1868], Cheyenne chief

historian Daniel J. Boorstin [1914–2004]

country music singer/songwriter Garth Brooks

artist T.C. Cannon

Cattle Annie [1882–1978] & Little Britches [1879-??], female bandit team

US astronaut Gordon Cooper [1927–2006]

television journalist Walter Cronkite [1916–2009]

country musician Roy Clark

musician Bob Dunn - invented the electric guitar

producer-writer-director Blake Edwards [1922-2010]

novelist Ralph Ellison [1914–94]

Depression-era gangster 'Pretty Boy' Floyd [1904–34]

U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks, former Commander of U.S. Central Command

actor James Garner

Edward K. Gaylord [1873–1974], founder of the Daily Oklahoman newspaper

Chester Gould [1900–85], creator of the 'Dick Tracy' comic strip

folk singer Woody Guthrie [1912–67] was born in Okemah, Oklahoma

Enoch Kelly Haney, Principal Chief of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

mystery author Jean Hager lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma

radio commentator Paul Harvey [1918–2009] was based in Tulsa, Oklahoma

actor Van Heflin [1908–1971]

mystery novelist Tony Hillerman [1925-2008] was born in Sacred Heart and raised in Oklahoma

novelist S.E. Hinton

historian Stanley Hoig [1914-2009]: browse books

sculptor Allan Houser [1914-94]

director Ron Howard

rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson

actor Ben Johnson [1918–96]

actress Jennifer Jones [1919–2009]

country musician Toby Keith

Jeane Kirkpatrick [1926–2006], U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Eugene Lorton [1868-1949], owner-publisher-editor of the Tulsa World newspaper

Wilma Mankiller [1945–2010], first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

convicted whistleblower U.S. Army PFC Bradley/Chelsea Manning

Mickey Mantle [1931–95], New York Yankees Baseball Hall of Famer

actress Rue McClanahan [1934–2010], famous for TV series "The Golden Girls"

country singer & actress Reba McEntire

television psychologist 'Dr. Phil' McGraw

actress Vera Miles

singer/songwriter Roger Miller [1936–92]

silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix [1880-1940]
Tom and third wife Olive Stokes Mix lived around Guthrie & Dewey from 1909 to 1915.

Native American author N. Scott Momaday

television journalist Bill Moyers

U.S. Senator & ambassador Daniel Patrick Moynihan [1927–2003]

Clarence Nash (1904–1985), voice of Donald Duck

pop music singer Patti Page [1927–2013]

Quanah Parker [1840s-1911], last Comanche chief

David L. Payne [], the key figure in opening Oklahoma to white settlement

energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, Jr.

actor Brad Pitt

Pleasant Porter [1840–1907], Creek principal chief

aviator Wiley Post [1898–1935]

actor Tony Randall [1920–2004]

Bass Reeves [1838–1910], first African-American U.S. Marshal

evangelist Oral Roberts [1918–2009]

actor & rancher Dale Robertson [1923–2013]

humorist & actor Will Rogers [1879–1935]
Claremore, Oklahoma Will Rogers Museums website

comedian Daniel Hale 'Dan' Rowan [1922–1987], co-host on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" TV show

artist Ed Ruscha

musician Leon Russell

Native American actor Will Sampson [1933-87]

Cherokee activist Sequoyah {aka George Guess} [1776–1842], invented the Cherokee syllabary/alphabet


Warren Spahn [1921–2003], Baseball Hall of Famer

Willie Stargell (1940–2001), Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Hall of Famer

Belle Starr [1848–89], 'queen of the outlaws'
"Montana Belle " [1952] /tt0044919/ A fictionalized biography of Oklahoma outlaw Belle Starr

Native American actor Wes Studi

prima ballerina Maria Tallchief [1925–2013]

pulp author James Myers 'Jim' Thompson [1906-77]

Native American athlete Jim Thorpe [1887–1953]

lawman Bill Tilghman

country music singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood

Sam Walton [1918–92], founder of Wal-Mart, Inc.

Elizabeth Warren, US Senator for Massachusetts

scholar Cornel West

composer Mason Williams

Bob Wills [1905–75] & His Texas Playboys

actress Alfre Woodard

actor & singer Sheb Wooley [1921–2003]

Oklahoma City / Oklahoma County
Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City [opening March 2014], 1200 N. Walker Avenue in Oklahoma City
www.SkirvinHilton.com = Skirvin Hilton [built 1911, reopened Feb 2007]

Oklahoma History Center [est. 2005], 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City

American Banjo Museum [est. 1998]
1958 geodesic Gold Dome bldg now offices & shops
Wormy Dog Saloon + Bricktown District
www.RedEarth.org [June 2009 = #23] festival in downtown OK City
Oklahoma Railway Museum in OKCity
1958 geodesic Gold Dome bank building on Route 66 is now offices of TEEMCO Architects [est. 2010
Frontier City theme park [est. 1958] in Oklahoma City
The Oklahoman daily newspaper [est. 1889] in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Herald {Afro & minorities} weekly newspaper [est. 2002] in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Gazette weekly newspaper [est. 1979] in Oklahoma City
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City
Elizabeth's Reel Classics, LLC website & blog [est. 1997] based in Oklahoma City
Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum [est. 2008], 1400 Classen Drive in Oklahoma City

deadCENTER Film Festival [June 2014 = #14] in Oklahoma City

City of Tulsa / Tulsa County
Tulsa Couny includes the cities & towns of Bixby ‡, Broken Arrow ‡, Collinsville, Glenpool, Jenks, Liberty ‡, Lotsee, Owasso ‡, Sand Springs ‡, Sapulpa (mostly in Creek County), Skiatook ‡, Sperry, and Tulsa ‡ {county seat}; the following communities were annexed by Tulsa: Alsuma (in 1968), Carbondale (in 1928), Dawson (in 1949), North Tulsa (in 1904), Red Fork (in 1927), and South Haven (in 1966); other communities include Berryhill, Lake, Oakhurst, and Turley.
{‡ symbol indicates 'mostly in Tulsa County, but portions in neighboring counties'}

Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, 1324 So. Main Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Blue Dome District of Tulsa surrounds Blue Dome 1924 gas station
Tulsa [OK] Foundation for Architecture
Brook Theater opened 1945, now Brook Restaurant & Bar
Oklahoma Dance Film Festival [Nov 2012 = #5] in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa World daily newspaper [est. 1905] in Tulsa, Oklahoma
1929 Richard Lloyd Jones 'Westhope' house built by Frank Lloyd Wright [1867-1959] in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa Intl. Film Festival [Sept 2011 = #1] in Tulsa, Oklahoma (on Facebook)
Bare Bones 'Script 2 Screen' Independent Film Festival [Oct 2009 = #8] in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Dance Film Festival [Nov 2012 = #5] in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Magellan Midstream Partners, LLP {pipelines} of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Norman / Cleveland County

Broken Arrow (Tulsa County)

Lawton / Comanche County
restored 1910 Mattie Beal home in Lawton

Edmond (Oklahoma County)
TEEMCO Architects [est. 2010] of Edmond, Oklahoma

Moore (Cleveland County)

Midwest City (Oklahoma County)

Enid / Garfield County

Stillwater / Payne County
News Press daily newspaper [], 211 W. Ninth Street in Stillwater, Oklahoma

Muskogee County
Bare Bones Independent Film Festival [April 2013 = #14] in Muskogee, Oklahoma

Bartlesville / Osage & Washington Counties
The WKY KTVY KFOR Archives at the Oklahoma Historical Society

City of Bartlesville, Oklahoma [incorp. 1895]
official city website entry at Wikipedia
Mozart Festival [June] in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
1954 Harold C. Price residence built by Frank Lloyd Wright [1867-1959] in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
1956 Price Company Tower built by Frank Lloyd Wright [1867-1959] in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

City of Dewey, Oklahoma [founded 1899, incorp. 1905]
official city website entry at Wikipedia
Tom Mix Festival & Western Heritage Weekend [Sept 2015 = #11] in Dewey, Oklahoma
Tom Mix Museum [est. 1965], 721 No. Delaware Street in Dewey, Oklahoma

Smaller Counties & Towns of Oklahoma
There are 77 counties in Oklahoma; the nine major population center counties – Cleveland County (Moore, Norman); Comanche County (Lawton); Garfield County (Enid); Muskogee County; Oklahoma County (Edmond, Midwest City, Oklahoma City); Payne County (Stillwater); Osage County; Tulsa County (Broken Arrow, Tulsa); and Washington County (Bartlesville) – are detailed above. The remaining 68 counties are listed alphabetically below.
'list of counties in Oklahoma' at Wikipedia

Adair County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Stilwell {county seat}

Alfalfa County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Cherokee {county seat}

Atoka County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Atoka {county seat}

Beaver County, Oklahoma [est. 1890] Beaver {county seat}

Beckham County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Sayre {county seat}

Elk City [founded 1901] on Old Route 66 in Western Oklahoma
Elk City, Oklahoma official website ZIP 73644
Elk City, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce and CVB
National Route 66 & Transportation Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma
Billy Sims BBQ {chain}, 2103 So. Main Street in Elk City, OK
Cafe Elk City, 107 W. Fifth Street in Elk City, OK
China Super Buffet, 2103 So. Main Street in Elk City, OK
Clarion Inn Motel & Gazzibo Restaurant, 101 Meadow Ridge Drive in Elk City, OK
The Elk City Daily News [est. 1901], 206 West Broadway in Elk City, OK
Flix On Highway 6 Fourplex, 2103 So. Main Street in Elk City, OK
G's Garden Restaurant, 2811 W. Third Street in Elk City, OK
Golden China Restaurant, 101 Janet's Way in Elk City, OK
Granny Annie's Amish Furniture & Gifts [est. 2006], 109 So. Main Street in Elk City, OK
Home On The Range Rustic Gallery, 111 So. Main Street in Elk City, OK
K.E.C.O. 96.5 FM country radio, 220 Pioneer in Elk City, OK
Mazzio's Italian Eatery {chain}, 103 Janet's Way in Elk City, OK
Pedro's Mexican Grille, 2010 W. Third Street in Elk City, OK
Portobello Grille, 301 No. Eastern Avenue in Elk City, OK
Rodeway Inn Motel, 108 Meadow Ridge Drive in Elk City, OK
Route 66 RV and Mobile Home Park, 100 South Pioneer in Elk City, OK
Simon's Catch Restaurant - All You Can Eat Catfish [est. 1993], 105 Club House Drive in Elk City, OK
Sleep Inn Motel, 2710 E. Highway 66 in Elk City, OK
Standifer House B & B, 1030 W. Seventh Street in Elk City, OK
Super 8 Motel, 2801 E. Highway 66 in Elk City, OK
The Smokin Rib Wagon BBQ & Catering [est. 10/2012] in Elk City, OK - call 580/374-7427 for today's location
Tractor Supply Store #1553, 3105 W. Third Street in Elk City, OK
Walls Bargain Center [chain est. 1950], 2706 W. Third Street in Elk City, OK
Western Sizzlin Restaurant - Steak & More [chain est. 1962], 2107 So. Main Street in Elk City, OK
Red Hills 123MW Wind Farm [est. 6/2009] 8 miles north of Elk City, OK operated by a division of Acciona Spain

Blaine County, Oklahoma [est. 1890] Watonga {county seat}

Bryan County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Durant {county seat}

Caddo County, Oklahoma [est. 1901] Anadarko {county seat}

Canadian County, Oklahoma [est. 1901] El Reno {county seat}
Yukon, Oklahoma Railroad Museum

Carter County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Ardmore {county seat}

Cherokee County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Tahlequah {county seat}

Choctaw County, Oklahoma [est. 1907]

Hugo, Oklahoma {county seat}
Frisco Lines Depot and Harvey House [built 1914, restored & now a museum] in Hugo, Oklahoma
rusty H.K. Porter 0-4-0T from Cherokee Nation's Tsa-La-Gi Park is now on display at Frisco Depot Museum, Hugo, Oklahoma
Angie's Circus City Diner [est. 1998], 1312 E. Jackson Street in Hugo, Oklahoma

Hugo bills itself as 'Circus City, USA': 22 different circuses have called Hugo home; today there are three circuses that winter there.
Carson & Barnes Circus [est. 1937] based in Hugo, Oklahoma
Kelly Miller Traveling Circus – America's One Ring Wonder™ [est. 1938] based in Hugo, Oklahoma
Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Great Combined Circus [est. 1985] based in Hugo, Oklahoma

Cimarron County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Boise City {county seat}

Coal County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Coalgate {county seat}

Cotton County, Oklahoma [est. 1912] Walters {county seat}

Craig County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Vinita {county seat}

Creek County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Sapulpa {county seat}
Bristow OK Chamber of Commerce

Sapulpa, Oklahoma [est. 1898] ZIP 74066 is mostly within Creek County, Oklahoma
http://www.frankoma.com/ Frankoma Pottery
http://www.burnettmansion.com/ Burnett Mansion, 320 S. Main Street. Sapulpa
Sapulpa Historical Society [est. 1968]
Opossum Sally's Sapulpa, Oklahoma site
http://www.tsurailway.com/ Tulsa-Sapulpa Union Railway [est. 1907, electrified until 1960], 701 E. Dewey Street

Sapulpa Trolley & Rail Museum, 701 E. Dewey Street in Sapulpa, Oklahoma
includes a caboose and a restored trolley car

Custer County, Oklahoma [est. 1891] Arapaho {county seat}
The National Route 66 Festival [June 2007] in Clinton, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma

Delaware County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Jay {county seat}

Dewey County, Oklahoma [est. 1892] Taloga {county seat}

Ellis County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Arnett {county seat}

Garvin County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Pauls Valley {county seat}
1907 Baldwin 2-8-0 AT&SF steam locomotive #1951 & SLSF caboose #893 are on static display in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

Grady County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Chickasha {county seat}

Grant County, Oklahoma [est. 1892] Medford {county seat}

Greer County, Oklahoma [est. 1896] Mangum {county seat}

Harmon County, Oklahoma [est. 1909] Hollis {county seat}

Harper County, Oklahoma [est. 1893] Buffalo {county seat}

Haskell County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Stigler {county seat}

Hughes County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Holdenville {county seat}

Jackson County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Altus {county seat}

Jefferson County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Waurika {county seat}

Johnston County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Tishomingo {county seat}

Kay County, Oklahoma [est. 1895] Newkirk {county seat}
Poncan Theater [built 1927], 104 E. Grand Avenue in Ponca City, Oklahoma

Kingfisher County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Kingfisher {county seat}

Kiowa County, Oklahoma [est. 1901] Hobart {county seat}

Latimer County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Wilburton {county seat}

Le Flore County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Poteau {county seat}
Poteau Theater in Poteau, Oklahoma

Lincoln County, Oklahoma [est. 1891] Chandler {county seat}
City of Chandler, Oklahoma
restored Phillips 66 Gas Station in Chandler, Oklahoma

Logan County, Oklahoma [est. 1891] Guthrie {county seat}
Sante Fe Depot and Harvey House [opened 1903; restaurant & museum entangled since 2009] in Guthrie, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Intl. Bluegrass Festival [Oct 2014 = #19] in Guthrie, OK
Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum in Guthrie

Love County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Marietta {county seat}

Major County, Oklahoma [est. 1909] Fairview {county seat}

Marshall County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Madill {county seat}

Mayes County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Pryor {county seat}

McClain County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Purcell {county seat}

McCurtain County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Idabel {county seat}

McIntosh County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Eufaula {county seat}

Murray County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Sulphur {county seat}

Noble County, Oklahoma [est. 1897] Perry {county seat}

Nowata County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Nowata {county seat}

Okfuskee County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Okemah {county seat}

Okmulgee County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Okmulgee {county seat}

Ottawa County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Miami {county seat}

Pawnee County, Oklahoma [est. 1897] Pawnee {county seat}

Payne County, Oklahoma [est. 1890] Stillwater {county seat}

Pittsburg County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] McAlester {county seat}
McAlester News-Capital daily newspaper, 500 So. Second Street in McAlester, Oklahoma
Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester, Oklahoma

Pontotoc County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Ada {county seat}

Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma [est. 1891] Shawnee {county seat}
SFe RR Depot in Shawnee OK (1904)

Pushmataha County, Oklahoma [est. 1907]
includes the City of Antlers {county seat}, the towns of Albion, Clayton & Rattan, and the communIties of Adel, Cloudy, Corinne, Darwin, Ethel, Fewell, Finley, Honobia, Jumbo, Kellond, Miller, Moyers, Nashoba, Oleta, Snow, Sobol, {scenic} Stanley & Tuskahoma, and the ghost towns of Abbott, Belzoni, Cohn, Crum Creek, Dela, {scenic} Dunbar, Eubanks, Gee, Johns, Kiamichi, Kosoma, Lyceum, Nolia, Rodney, Wilson Zoraya, and the historic 1884 Choctaw Council House Building.
Pushmataha County entry at Wikipedia
Pushmataha County [OK] Chamber of Commerce
Pushmataha County Historical Society [est. 1984] based in Antlers, Oklahoma { Facebook }

Antlers, Oklahoma [est. 1887] ZIP 74523
The Antlers [OK] American weekly newspaper [est. 1895]
Antlers [OK] Deer Festival & Outdoor Show [Oct 2015 = #14]
Antlers [OK] Frisco Depot and Antlers Spring {combined} Historic Site
Antlers, Oklahoma Depot [built 1914] Museum [], 119 W. Main Street
two restored Hugo Heritage RR circus passenger cars are currently on display

Little River Speedway near Nashoba, OK

Roger Mills County, Oklahoma [est. 1895] Cheyenne {county seat}

Rogers County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Claremore {county seat}
Claremore, Oklahoma Will Rogers Museums website

Seminole County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Wewoka {county seat}

Sequoyah County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Sallisaw {county seat}

Stephens County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Duncan {county seat}
Trail Dance Film Festival [Jan 2010 = #4] in Duncan, Oklahoma

Texas County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Guymon {county seat}

Tillman County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Frederick {county seat}

Wagoner County, Oklahoma [est. 1907] Wagoner {county seat}

Washita County, Oklahoma [est. 1897] Cordell {county seat}

Woods County, Oklahoma [est. 1893] Alva {county seat}
Sante Fe Depot and Harvey House [opened 1910, closed 1937; restored as museum] in Waynoka, Oklahoma
Waynoka [OK] Historical Society [est. 1995?]
GP-10 diesel locomotive #2511 of Hudson Bay Railroad on static display at Waynoka, Oklahoma

Woodward County, Oklahoma [est. 1893] Woodward {county seat}
Lakeside Theatre [built 1970] in Woodward, Oklahoma - destroyed by tornado 4/2012
Lakeside Cinema 6 [rebuilt 8/2012] in Woodward, Oklahoma

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
http://www.readranch.com/ Read Ranch

Davis OK Bluegrass Festival at Arbuckle Mountain Bluegrass Park [Aug]
Gene Autry Oklahoma Film & Music Festival [1991-2008]
Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum
Rattlesnake Roundup [est. 1939 = May] in Okeene, Oklahoma
Route 66 Rock Cafι in Stroud, Oklahoma >> Rt66

Railroads of Oklahoma
listing of surviving steam locomotives in Oklahoma
'list of Oklahoma railroads' page at Wikipedia
TrainWeb / Tourist Railways / Oklahoma website got hacked {2017}
U.P.R.R. Shortline Railroad Profiles for Oklahoma

Yukon, Oklahoma Railroad Museum
1907 Baldwin 2-8-0 AT&SF steam locomotive #1951 & SLSF caboose #893 are on static display in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad [1888-1895]
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway [1895-1996 merger]
Burlington Northern Railroad [1980-1996 merger]
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway [merger 1996]

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway [1891-1948 merger]
Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad [1894-1948 merger]
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad [1947-split up 1980]

Clinton and Oklahoma Western Railroad [1908-1981]

Enid City Railway streetcars [1907-1929]

Fort Smith, Poteau and Western Railway [1899-1915]
Fort Smith, Poteau and Western Railroad [1915-1923]

Fort Smith and Western Railroad [1899-1923]
Fort Smith and Western Railroad of Oklahoma [1902-1907]
Fort Smith and Western Railway [1921-1939]
Fort Smith and Van Buren Railway [1939-1992] > Kansas City Southern

Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway [1884-1965] > ATSF

Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway [1901-1928] > frisco

Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railroad [1900-1941] > ATSF

Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) [est. 1887]

Kiamichi Railroad [est. 1987]
Operates on 231 miles (372km) of former Frisco Lines track, with 45 miles of leased track, hauling freight from Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma and
interchanging with Union Pacific and B.N.S.F. and Kansas City Southern; headquarters in Hugo, Oklahoma; purchased by RailAmerica in 2002,
which was purchased by Genesee & Wyoming in December 2012.
official website • entry at Wikipedia

Missouri, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway [1904-1919 merger]
Missouri, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad [1910-1919 merger]
Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway [merger 1919-1970] > Texas & Pacific

Miami Mineral Belt Railroad [1917-1950] > frisco

Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway [1870-1923 merger]
Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway [1906-1923 merger]
Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad [merger 1923-1989] > Missouri Pacific Railroad

St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway [1886-1917 merger]

Missouri Pacific Railroad [merger 1917-1997] > Union Pacific

North Texas and Santa Fe Railway [1916-1948] > ATSF

Northeast Oklahoma Railroad [1919-1967] > frisco

Oil Fields and Santa Fe Railway [1915-1941] > ATSF

Oklahoma Belt Railroad [1917-1944]

Oklahoma Central Railway [1905-1914]
Oklahoma Central Railroad [1914-1942] > ATSF

Oklahoma City – Ada – Atoka Railway [1923-1967] > ATSF

Oklahoma Railway Company [1904-1947]
operated electric interurban lines to El Reno, Guthrie, and Norman, and several streetcar lines in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area

Oklahoma and Rich Mountain Railroad [1925-1941]

Okmulgee Northern Railway [1915-1964] > frisco

Osage Railway [1921-1953]

Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway [1920-1965] > ATSF

Poteau Valley Railroad (KCS) [1900-1926]

Sand Springs Railway [est. 1911, electrified until 1955]

St. Louis and San Francisco Railway [1876-1896]
St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad [1896-1915]
St. Louis – San Francisco Railway [1916-1980] > Burlington Northern

St. Louis Southwestern Railway [1980-1997] > Union Pacific

Sapulpa Trolley & Rail Museum [] in Sapulpa, OK
1919 Birney Safety trolley car #375 'Maggie M' is on static display outside the T.S.U. Railway offices in Sapulpa, OK  
there is also a caboose on static display

Midland Valley Railroad [1903-1967 merger]
Texas and Pacific Railway [merger 1967-1976] > Missouri Pacific Railroad

logo for Tulsa-Sapulpa Union Railway, based in Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Tulsa-Sapulpa Union Railway [est. 1907, electrified until 1960], 701 E. Dewey Street in Sapulpa, OK
long-gone rolling stock included box-cab electric locomotive #1004  click here for photograph (in a new window)

West Tulsa Belt Railway [1909-1922] > frisco

Indian Country of Oklahoma
Native Americans are roughly 11% of the population of Oklahoma (2005 figures).
Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission http://www.oiac.ok.gov/

also Choctaw Nation of Indians; Creek Nation of Indians; Delaware Nation of Indians; Kiowa Nation of Indians; Muskogee Nation of Indians; The Pottawatomie Native American People; The Seminole Native American People; Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache reservation; Quapaws, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Comanche Reservation; Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation; Osage Indian Reservation

'The Daughter of Dawn' 1920 all-Native American silent feature film  "The Daughter of Dawn" [Texas Film Co. Oct 1920]
Filmed in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma; cast is entirely Comanche & Kiowa Indians; film was shown locally and at preview screenings in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, and at the White House, but never released and long thought lost; nitrate print discovered in Georgia in 2005 was restored and shown in 2012; very authentic record of Plains Indian life, as the 300 actors brought their own teepees and clothing and horses and household practices; DVD includes 8 short docufilms.
Co-written & directed by Norbert A. Myles; produced & co-written by Richard Banks; starring Belo Cozad, Em-koy-e-tie, Hunting Horse, Esther LeBarre {as Daughter of Dawn}, Wanada Parker, White Parker, Jack Sankeydoty, Old Man Saupitty, Slim Tyebo, Oscar Yellow Wolf; listed at the Library of Congress National Film Registry (2013)
Milestone Films b&w Blu-ray [7/2016] for $34.95
Milestone Films b&w DVD [7/2016] for $29.95
full credits at IMDb • distributor's official moviesite
watch 2/2014 KFDX-3 TV docu segment [6:58] online at YouTube
Oklahoma Historical Society 5/2012 article by Leo Kelley (.PDF file with photos)

Reading Material & Other Media
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Oklahoma Today Magazine [est. 1956] the Official Magazine of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Today
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entry at Wikipedia

Outdoor Oklahoma Magazine [est. 1980] produced by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Outdoor Oklahoma
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The Oklahoma Punk / Red Highway book by Loren D. Estleman  "The Oklahoma Punk" aka 'Red Highway' [1976] by Loren D. Estleman
"He was Public Enemy #1 when Dillinger was holding up grocery stores, and Bonnie & Clyde were kids . . . With machine gun in hand, and murder in his heart, the incorrigible Virgil Ballard blasted his way to infamy."
as 'RH': Carroll & Graf Publrs mass pb [11/94] out of print/many used
as 'RH': Five Star Mystery 8½x5¾ hardcover [12/99] out of print/used
as 'TOP': Major Books mass pb [1976] out of print/scarce
Funny Money book by Mark Singer  "Funny Money" [1985 New York Times besteller] by Mark Singer
The whole amazing story of Oklahoma City's Penn Square Bank, whose collapse in July 1982 staggered America's banking industry.
Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [6/2004] for $10.40
Knopf hardcover [5/85] out of print/many, many used
Collapse of the Penn Square Bank book by Phillip L. Zweig  "Belly Up: The Collapse of The Penn Square Bank"
[1985 national bestseller] by Phillip L. Zweig

More-factual, less-dramatic account of the 1982 Penn Square Bank collapse
Ballantine Books 8¾x6 pb [8/86] for $24.30
Random House Value Publng 9x6 hardcover [12/85] out of print/many used
Alternative Views of Oklahoma History book edited by Davis D. Joyce  "An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma History"
[1994] Edited by Davis D. Joyce

Univ Oklahoma Press 9x6 pb [1/98] for $18.69
Univ Oklahoma Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [4/94] out of print/used
Oil Wheat & Wobblies In Oklahoma book by Nigel Anthony Sellars  "Oil, Wheat, & Wobblies: The Industrial Workers of The World In Oklahoma,
1905-1930" [1998] by Nigel Anthony Sellars

Univ Oklahoma Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2012] for $17.96
Univ Oklahoma Press 8¾x6 pb [2/98] for $31.46

I.W.W. [Wobblies] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Oklahoma  "Oklahoma Route 66" [2001] by Jim Ross
Ghost Town Press 6x9 pb [4/2001] for $12.95
Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views edited by Davis D. Joyce  "Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of The Sooner State" [2007]
Edited by Davis D. Joyce, Foreword by Fred L. Harris

Univ Oklahoma Press 9x6 pb [5/2007] for $19.95


"Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales" [Dec 1976] by Steve Wilson

"Ghost Towns of Oklahoma [3/1978] by John W. Morris

"The Indians In Oklahoma" [4/1980] by Rennard Strickland

"The History of Oklahoma" 8/1984] by Arrell M. Gibson

"Roadside History of Oklahoma" [June 1991] by Francis L. Fugate

"Oklahoma Crossroads" [4/1998] by Michael Wallis & David G Fitzgerald

"Tulsa!: Biography of The American City" [11/1998] by Marian Clark & Michael Wallis

"Oklahoma City: Land Run To Statehood (Images of America Series)" [9/1999] by Terry L. Griffith isbn=073850209X

"Oklahoma Simply Beautiful" [5/2002] photography by Jim Argo, John Elk III & R.E. Lindsey

"You Know We Belong To The Land: The Centennial History of Oklahoma" [12/2006] by Paul F. Lambert & Bob L. Blackburn

"Oklahoma City Impressions" [June 2007] by photography by Jim Argo

"Oklahoma: A History" [3/2011] by W. David Baird and Danney Goble

"Oklahoma City: Film Row (Images of America)" [8/2011] by Bradley Wynn & Steve Lackmeyer

"Stories of Old-Time Oklahoma" [7/2013] by David Dary

Yard Dog mystery novel by Sheldon Russell (Hook Runyon)  "The Yard Dog: A Hook Runyon Mystery" [#1 = 2009] by Sheldon Russell
Set in the 1940s; when a harmless hobo is found dead in the Waynoka, Oklahoma railyards, one-armed railroad detective Hook Runyon decides that the matter was no accident; his investigation soon turns up a smuggling ring, foul play at the nearby German P.O.W. camp, and the corrupt dealings of a local oil tycoon. • author's official website
Kindle Edition from Minotaur Books [9/2009] for $6.99
Minotaur Books 8¼x5½ hardcover [9/2009] for $20.77
Shot in Oklahoma book by John Wooley  
"Shot In Oklahoma: A Century of Sooner State Cinema" [2011]
by John Wooley

Univ OK Press 9x6 pb [4/2011] for $13.22
Searching for Sarah Rector YR book by Tonya Bolden  "Searching For Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl In America"
[ages 10-14, 2014] by Tonya Bolden

The true tale of an 11-year-old girl who disappeared after one of the largest oil discoveries in the new state of Oklahoma was made on her property.
Kindle Edition from Abrams Books for Young Readers [1/2014] for $10.99
Harry N. Abrams 10¼x10 hardcover [1/2014] for $15.80

Osage Murders & Birth of the FBI book by David Grann  "Killers of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and The Birth of The F.B.I." [2017]
by David Grann

When oil was discovered on the Osage Indian Reservation in Oklahoma, the new millionaires used their wealth to build mansions and buy luxury cars and send their children to school in Europe. Then the newly-wealthy Native Americans began getting bumped off in mysterious ways. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the F.B.I. took up the case; it was one of their first major homicide investigations and they badly bungled the case. In desperation, young director J. Edgar Hoover turned to former Texas Ranger Tom White to unravel the mystery.
Kindle Edition from Doubleday [4/2017] for $14.99
Random House 9¼x6 pb [4/2017] for $11.94
Doubleday 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2017] for $17.37
'Osage Indian Murders' entry at Wikipedia

"Passing of The Oklahoma Outlaws" [1915] by lawman Bill Tilghman

"The Oklahoma Cyclone" [1930] starring Bob Steele

"The Oklahoma Kid" [1939] /tt0031747/ starring James Cagney & Humphrey Bogart

"Oklahoma Terror" [1939] starring Addison/Jack Randall

"Oklahoma Renegades" [1940] starring The Three Mesquiteers

"Take Me Back To Oklahoma" [1940] with Tex Ritter & Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

"In Old Oklahoma" [Dec 1943] /tt0036038/ starring John Wayne

"Home In Oklahoma" [1944] starring Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes & Dale Evans

"Oklahoma Raiders" [1944] /tt0037146/

"Oklahoma Badlands" [1948] /tt0040659/ directed by Yakima Canutt

"Oklahoma Blues" [1948] starring singing cowboy Jimmy Wakely

"The Doolins of Oklahoma" [1949] /tt0041308/ starring Randolph Scott

"Tulsa" [Walter Wanger/Eagle-Lion Technicolor 1949] starring Susan Hayward, Robert Preston & Pedro Armendariz

"Al Jennings of Oklahoma" [1951] /tt0043272/ starring Dan Duryea & Gale Storm

"Oklahoma Justice" [Monogram Pictures 1951] starring Johnny Mack Brown

"Oklahoma Annie" [Republic Pictures March 1952]
Oklahoma Annie 1952 movie starring Judy Canova  Comedy-musical-Western filmed in TruColor; singing lady storekeeper decides to fight her town's corrupt leaders while also wooing the handsome new sheriff. Directed by R.G. Springsteen; written by Jack Townley & Charles E. Roberts; special effects by Howard & Theodore Lydecker; starring Judy Canova, John Russell, Grant Withers, Roy Barcroft, Emmett 'Pappy' Lynn, Frank Ferguson, Minerva Urecal, Houseley Stevenson, Almira Sessions, Maxine Gates, Emory Parnell, Denver Pyle, House Peters Jr., Andrew Tombes, Fuzzy Knight, Si Jenks
V.C.I. Ent. color DVD [11/2011] for $9.99
Movies Unlimited color VHS [1999] for $29.50
full credits at IMDb

"Oklahoma!" classic Broadway musical [1955] /tt0048445/ starring Gordon Macrae, Gloria Grahame, Shirley Jones

"Oklahoma Territory" [United Artists March 1960]
Oklahoma Territory 1960 movie  The new District Attorney is charged with prosecuting a Cherokee leader for the murder of the Indian agent, but he soon suspects that the man is being framed in order to cause a war between the Indians and the whites. Filmed in California; directed by Edward L. Cahn; written by Orville H. Hampton; starring Bill Williams, Gloria Talbott, Ted de Corsia, Grant Richards, Walter Sande, X Brands, Walter Baldwin, Grandon Rhodes, George Little Buffalo & Eddie Little Sky
M.G.M. b&w DVD-R [5/2011] for $18.96
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia • really lame official trailer [1:54] at YouTube

"Cattle Annie and Little Britches" feature [1981] starring Rod Steiger as lawman Bill Tilghman

"You Know My Name" TV movie [1999]
dramatization of lawman Bill Tilghman's life and his final days in Cromwell, Oklahoma; based on Matt Braun's novel
"One Last Town"; actor Sam Elliott produced the film and starred as Tilghman

"Oklahoma!" TV movie [1999] /tt0216048/

"Moving Images of Oklahoma" [2005]
20-minute documentary produced by Elizabeth Anderson that screens more than a dozen times daily
at the Oklahoma Museum of History in Oklahoma City.

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the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after the April 1995 terrorist bombing         

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