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Did you know that the state of Oklahoma is situated in the West South Central region of America? Did you know that there are 77 counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma? Did you know that Oklahoma is the 46th state of the U.S. constitution? Read the facts sheet for more trivia and interesting facts about Oklahoma which will be helpful to students and teachers - ideal for homework help

Fun Fact 1: The name Oklahoma originate from a combination of two Choctaw  Indian words "ukla" meaning person and "huma" meaning red, consequently "ukla huma" means red person

Fun Fact 2: The state flag is a field of blue with an image centrally placed. The image consists of a Native American (Osage Nation) buffalo-skin battle shield. The shield depicts six brown crosses, the Native American symbols for stars, symbolic of higher purpose. A calumet (peace pipe) crosses the shield in an opposite direction to an olive branch; each symbols of peace in European and Native American cultures. Seven eagle feathers hang from the shield which is believed to represent the seven Cherokee clans. The color of the blue field relates the flag that Choctaw soldiers carried during the Civil War

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 181,195 square kilometers or 69,898 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are six states that border Oklahoma they are; Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas

Fun Fact 6: The Oklahoma state nickname is "The Sooner State" In the Land Run of 1889 unassigned Lands were presented to new settlers through a succession of horse races - many people arrived early in an attempt to claim the land openings and these people were given the nickname 'Sooners'

Fun Fact 7: The climate throughout the state is generally dry and sunny. Oklahoma City has a humid climate particularly in the summer months, it is also one of the windiest cities in the US, wind speeds can reach an average of 12.3 mph (19.8 km/hr) and is susceptible to frequent and severe tornadoes; it is considered to be one of the most tornado-prone major cities in the world!

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song is called "Oklahoma" it was written by Oscar Hammerstein and the music score was composed by Richard Rodgers. First published in 1943 the song was officially adopted in 1953 and featured in the 1955 film of the same name. "Oklahoma" is unique as it is the only official state song that appears in national musical theatre and film

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Oklahoma are Oklahoma City, Tulsa & Norman

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Labor omnia vincit" the State Motto is Latin, translated it reads "Labor Conquers all things"

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of Oklahoma - First explored by the Spanish and then claimed by the French (1700 - 1803), until the area was purchased by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase. The region became settlement to Native Americans during the "Trail of Tears" (1831 -1838). Territories were re-organised (1887 - 1889). Oklahoma became the 46th State to be admitted to the Constitution on November 16, 1907

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state of Oklahoma are - Okla. The Postal Code abbreviation is - OK

Fun Fact 13: OK state symbols include; OK animal symbol - the Bison. OK state bird symbol - the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. OK state flower symbol - the Oklahoma Rose. OK state insect emblem - the Honeybee. OK State tree - the Redbud. OK state reptile emblem - Mountain Boomer or Collared Lizard

Fun Fact 14: Is Oklahoma City in Oklahoma? Yes, Oklahoma City is the Capital
City and the largest city in the state, it is centrally located within the state. The state capitol building in Oklahoma City is unique! It is the only state capitol complex in the United States that has active oil rigs!

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Oklahoma in 2012 was an estimated 3,814,820. This compares to a population of 790,391 filed on census from the year 1900

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