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S is for Sooner: An Oklahoma Alphabet
S is for Sooner:
An Oklahoma Alphabet

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State of Oklahoma Posters, Prints, Photographs, Maps, & Calendars
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State Bird : Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
State Flower : Mistletoe and Indian Blanket
State Insect : Honey Bee
State Animal : American Buffalo
State Tree : Eastern Redbud
State Song : Oklahoma!
State Capital : Oklahoma City
State Motto : “Labor Omnia Vincit” - Labor conquers all things.
Oklahoma Map by county.
US Census Bureau facts
All About Oklahoma Facts

Oklahoma Topography Map
Oklahoma Topography Map

(30º10'0"N 99º3'0"W)

Oklahoma, known as the “Sooner State”, joined the Union on November 16, 1907 as the 46th state. The word “Oklahoma” comes from two Choctaw Indian words (okla+humma) meaning “red people” and was suggested as the name for the Indian territory created by the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

There is archeological evidence of mound structures inhabitated between 850-1450 AD. In the 1700s the area was claimed French explorers, making Oklahoma part of the 1804 Louisiana Purchase.

Oklahoma is in the West South Central Region (US Census Bureau) and is bordered on the north by Colorado and Kansas, the east by Missouri and Arkansas, the south and west by Texas and the west by New Mexico.

During the 19th century, the hills and plains of Oklahoma – known as Indain Territory – became a reservation for tribes uprooted from homelands in the East. Today some 100,000 American Indians live in the Sooner State – so called after settlers who jumped the gun to stake claims in land rushes beginning in 1889, when the government opened the land for white settlement.

Anadarko's American Indian hall of fame honors such notable Indians as Sequoyah, who created the Cherokee alphabet, and Sacagawea, the Shoshone guide of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Nearby, Indian City, U.S.A., reconstructs villages featuring Pawnee earth lodges, Wichita grass houses, Plains tipis, and Apache wickiups.

South Central United States Map
South Central
United States Map

In Comanche County, to the south, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge preserves an island of the American West's virgin land. Here you can see a prairie dog town, and deer, elk, bison, and Texas longhorns roaming free. Venerable Fort Sill is right next door with its huge collection of artillery.

A tempting assortment of state parks also awaits the traveler. Many of these are located at man-made lakes. Two of the latter, Texoma and Eufaula, thrive as year-round playgrounds. On Poteau Mountain near Heavener as state park protects a great slab of rock carved with mysterious runic symbols.

Oklahoma City's capitol has the unique distinction of being surrounded by oil wells, one of which draws oil from beneath the building. Tulsa maintains its oil heritage with the international Petroleum Exposition, held every five years. With completion of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, Tulsa has gained a water route to the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes.

The Chisholm Trail – which had its first cattle drive in 1867 – can be followed on U.S. 81. Rich wheat land rolls away to the horizon along the northern half of the route. In Ponca City a bronze statue by Bryant Backer pays tribute to dauntless pioneer women. Northwest of Boise city is the Panhandle – once an outlaws' refuge known as “No Man's land” – you can still see wagon-wheel ruts of the old Santa Fe Trail.

(poster text about Oklahoma)

Oklahoma Flag Art Print
Oklahoma Flag
Art Print

State Capitol, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Art Print
State Capitol, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Art Print

The state flag of Oklahoma is an Osage warrior shield on a field of blue; the shield is crossed by a peace pipe and an olive branch.

University of Oklahoma Art Print
University of Oklahoma, Norman,
Art Print

Oklahoma State University Art Print
Oklahoma State University, Stillwell,
Art Print

Oklahoma, The Sooner State, Map Art Print
Oklahoma, The Sooner State, Map Art Print

Oklahoma is known as the Sooner State for the nickname given to the early settlers who illegally crossed into the “Unassigned Lands” early in the Oklahoma Land Rush.

• more map posters

Mistletoe is the Oklahoma state floral symbol, the state flower is Indian Blanket.

Mistletoe in Fruit, Photographic Print
Mistletoe in Fruit, Photographic Print

Close-up of a Pair of Indian Blanket Flowers, Photographic Print
Close-up of a Pair of
Indian Blanket Flowers,
Photographic Print

Close View of a Redbud Tree Blossoms, Photographic Print
Close View of a
Redbud Tree Blossoms,
Photographic Print

The perennial and deciduous Eastern Redbud is the state tree of Oklahoma. The blossoms appear in the early spring. Native Americans tribes used eastern redbud bark for a tea to treat coughs, cold infusions of the roots and inner bark for fevers and congestion. The flowers can be used in salads and for making pickled relish, the inner bark of twigs gives a mustard-yellow dye.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Giclee Print
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher,
Giclee Print

Oklahoma's state bird is the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, also known as the Texas bird-of-paradise and the swallowtailed flycatcher.

It is a long-tailed insectivorous (insect-eating) bird of the (Tyrannus) genus, whose members are collectively referred to as kingbirds.

Native to North and Central America, their breeding habitat is open shrubby environment with scattered trees.

FYI - Tyrannus! think of big, as in dinosaur.

Honey Bee, Apis Mellifera, Photographic Print
Honey Bee,
Apis Mellifera,
Photographic Print

The honey bee pollinates more than 90 cultivated crops effecting every third bite of food consumed.

Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture - Bee Information

Buffalo Poster
American Bison / Buffalo Poster

The American Buffalo, the state animal of Oklahoma, is the largest terrestrial mammal in North America.

American Bison Society
• more animal posters

Oklahoma, Masterprint
Will Rogers & Sooner State
Art Print

Will Rogers
b. 11-4-1879; Indian Territory (Oklahoma)
d. 8-15-1935; airplane crash with Wiley Post at Pt. Barrow, AK

Will Rogers, an American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor, was one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s. Rogers was of Cherokee ancestry - he quipped that his ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower but they “met the boat.”

Will Rogers quote ~
• “I was just thinking, if it is really religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheists in the wintertime.”
• “If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.”

Oklahoma, Masterprint
Oklahoma, Masterprint

The title song from the musical Oklahoma!, is the state song. The story is based on native Oklahomian Lynn Riggs' stage play Green Grow the Lilacs.

A Peaceful Little Ranch in Boise City, Oklahoma, Photographic Print
A Peaceful Little Ranch
in Boise City, Oklahoma, Photographic Print

During the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Great Plains suffered major ecological and agricultural damage due to a series of dust storms known as the Dust Bowl.

Migrant Mother poster
History of Boise City

Father and Children Outside Wooden Shack That Serves as their House in the Dust Bowl, Photographic Print
Father and Children, 1936,
Cimmaron County, OK, Dust Bowl,
Photographic Print

ecology posters
photogragher, Arthur Rothstein

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