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Oklahoma Vacation Basic Facts

Oklahoma Tourism, 120 N Robinson Avenue,
6th Floor, P O Box 52002, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73152-2002; 405-230-8400; 800-652-6552. Email: information@travelok.com.
Web: http://www.travelok.com.

State Animal: American buffalo, bison

State Beverage: milk

State Bird: scissor-tailed flycatcher

State Butterfly: black swallowtail

State Colors: green and white

State Country & Western Song: Faded Love

State Fish: white or sand bass

State Flower: mistletoe

State Folk Dance: square dance

State Furbearer: raccoon

State Game Animal: white tailed deer

State Game Bird: wild turkey

State Grass: Indian grass

State Insect: honeybee

State Meal: fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas

State Motto: Labor conquers all things

State Musical Instrument: fiddle

State Nickname: Sooner State

State Percussive Instrument: drum

State Poem: “Howdy Folks”

State Reptile: collard lizard, aka mountain boomer

State Rock: barite rose

State Soil: port silt loam

State Song: Oklahoma!

State Tree: redbud

State Waltz: Oklahoma Wind

State Wildflower: blanketflower or Indian blanket


State Capitals

Mangum, Oklahoma — Mangum Chamber of Commerce, 222 W Jefferson, Mangum, Oklahoma 73554; 580-782-2444. Web: http://www.greercounty-ok.com. Incorporated as a city in 1900, Magnum is the historic capital of the Unassigned Territory, which was involved in a land dispute with the state of Texas.

Guthrie, Oklahoma — Guthrie Chamber of Commerce, 212 W Oklahoma Avenue, P O Box 995, Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044; 405-282-1947; 800-299-1889. Web: http://www.guthrieok.com. Territorial capital (1889-1907) and first state capital (1907 to 1910).

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — Oklahoma State Capital, 2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105; 405-521-3356. Web: http://www.ok.gov. On June 11, 1910, the state seal was moved in the middle of the night to Oklahoma City. It is still the state capital. Oklahoma's state capitol is the only one in the world with an oil well drilled beneath it.


American Indian Capitals

There are 39 tribes and nations of American Indians with headquarters in Oklahoma. Descendants of the original 67 tribes inhabiting Indian Territory still live here.

Ada, Oklahoma — The Chickasaw Nation Tribal Headquarters, P O Box 1548, Ada, Oklahoma 74821; 800-593-3356. Web: http://www.chickasaw.net.

Anadarko, Oklahoma — Apache Tribe, 511 E Colorado, Anadarko, Oklahoma 73005; 405-247-9493.

Anadarko, Oklahoma — Delaware Nation, P O Box 825, Anadarko, Oklahoma 73005; 405-247-2448.

Anadarko, Oklahoma — Wichita & Affiliated Tribes, P O Box 729, Anadarko, Oklahoma 73005; 405-247-2425. Web: http://www.wichita.nsn.us.

Binger, Oklahoma — Caddo Tribe, P O Box 487, Biinger, Oklahoma 73009; 405-656-2344. Web: http://www.caddonation.com. Capital of the Caddo Tribe.

Carnegie, Oklahoma — Kiowa Tribe, P O Box 369, Carnegie, Oklahoma 73015; 580-654-2300. Capital of the Kiowa Tribe.

Durant, Oklahoma — Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, 16th & Locust, P O Drawer 1210, Durant, Oklahoma 74702; 405-924-8280; 800-522-6170. Web: http://www.choctawnation.com. Capital of the Choctaw nation.

Emet, Oklahoma — Chickasaw Nation council site before moving to Tishomingo.

Miami, Oklahoma — Capital of nine Native American tribes: Eastern Shawnee, Miami Nation, Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, Ottawa Tribe, Peoria Tribe (http://www.peoriatribe.com), Quapaw Tribe, Seneca-Cayuga Tribes, Shawnee Tribe, and Wyandotte Tribe (http://www.wyandottenation.com).

Ninih Waiya — Capital of the Choctaw Nation.

Okmulgee, Oklahoma — Okmulgee Tourism, 208 W 6th Street, P O Box 609, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447; 918-758-1015. Web: http://www.tourokmulgee.com. Tribal capital of the Creek Nation.

Pawhuska, Oklahoma — Tribal capital of the Osage Nation.

Tahlequah, Oklahoma — Cherokee Nation Capitol Complex, SH 1625, Box 948, Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465; 918-458-1911; 800-850-0348. Web: http://www.cherokee.org. Tribal capital of the Cherokee Nation.

Tahlonteeskee, Oklahoma — Cherokee Court House, Tahlonteeskee (2 miles east of Gore, Oklahoma. The western capital of the Cherokee tribe from 1829 to 1839.

Tishomingo, Oklahoma — Chickasaw Capitol Building, Fisher & 8th Street, Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460. Historic capital of the Chickasaw Nation.

Tonkawa, Oklahoma — Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma Tribal Museum, Tonkawa Tribal Complex, Tonkawa, Oklahoma 74653; 580-628-2561.

Tuskahoma, Oklahoma — Choctaw National Historical Museum; 918-569-4465. The 1848 capitol of the Choctaw tribe is two miles north of the town. At this site, the first constitution written in Oklahoma was adopted by the Choctaw Nation.

Wetumka, Oklahoma — Alabama Quassarte Tribal Town, 117 N Main Street, Wetumka, Oklahoma 74883; 405-452-3987. Capital of the Alabama Quassarte Tribe.

Wetumka, Oklahoma — Kialegee Tribal Town, 108 N Main Street, Wetumka, Oklahoma 74883; 405-452-3262. Capital of the Kialegee Tribe.

Wewoka, Oklahoma — Seminole Nation, P O Box 1498, Wewoka, Oklahoma 74884; 405-257-6287. Seminole national capital.


State Songs

Oklahoma Wind; Oklahoma!; Oklahoma Stomp; The Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma; You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma; Home in Oklahoma; Okie from Muskogee; Tulsa; 24 Hours from Tulsa; Tulsa Time; Take Me Back to Tulsa.


State Specials

Oklahoma is the winter quarters for more circuses than any other state.

Oklahoma has more man-made lakes (200) than any other state, over one million surface-acres of water, and 2,000 more miles of shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined.

The world's largest air material center is Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

The Nellie Johnstone oil well in Johnston Park in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, had the first flowing commercial well in the world.

The world's largest single deposit of pure alabaster is in the Alabaster caverns near Freedom, Oklahoma.

Sylvan Goldman of Oklahoma created the first rolling supermarket cart.

1909: Pawhuska, Oklahoma, formed the first Boy Scout troop in America.

1935: The first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Barnsdall, Oklahoma — Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce, P O Box 270, Barnsdall, Oklahoma 74002; 918-847-2516. Their Main Street Oil Well is the only oil well in the world situated in the middle of a main street.

Cherokee, Oklahoma — Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, 111 S Grand, Cherokee, Oklahoma 73728; 580-596-3053. Web: http://www.cherokeeoklahoma.net. The only place in the world ??

Hinton, Oklahoma — Hinton Chamber of Commerce, P O Box 48, Hinton, Oklahoma 73047; 405-542-6428. Birthplace of the seedless watermelon.

Disney, Oklahoma — Pensacola Dam: the longest multiple-arch dam in the world.

Foyil, Oklahoma — Totem Pole Park, 4 miles east on Sh 28A; 918-342-9149. Site of the world's largest totem pole, a 90-foot concrete monument created by folk artist Ed Galloway in 1948.

Guymon, Oklahoma — Guymon Tourism, 219 NW 4th Street, Guymon, Oklahoma 73942; 580-338-5838. Web: http://www.guymonok.com. The town sits on the world's largest deposit of natural gas.

Norman, Oklahoma — Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua, Norman, Oklahoma 73069; 405-325-4712. Features the world's largest apatosaurus dinosaur.

Okmulgee, Oklahoma — Okmulgee Tourism, 208 W 6th Street, P O Box 609, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447; 918-758-1015. Web: http://www.tourokmulgee.com. Their annual Pecan Festival has featured the world records for the largest pecan pie, largest pecan cookie, largest pecan brownie, and biggest ice cream and cookie party.

Pawnee, Oklahoma — Dick Tracy Mural, 503 Harrison, Pawnee, Oklahoma 74058; 918-762-2108. Web: http://www.pawneeok.info. The largest Dick Tracy cartoon in the world.

Poteau, Oklahoma — Potearu Chamber of Commerce, 201 S Broadway, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953; 918-647-9178. Cavanal Hill, the world's highest hill at 1,999 feet, is just west of this town.

Vinita, Oklahoma — World's Largest McDonald's, 767 E I-44, Will Rogers Turnpike, Venita, Oklahoma 74301; 918-256-5571.

It is illegal in Oklahoma to get a fish drunk.


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