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Will Rogers vintage postcardWill Rogers was born on a large ranch in the Cherokee Nation that is today Oologah, Oklahoma. Rogers became a nationally known cowboy as the star of radio programs, Broadway plays, 71 movies in the 1920s and ‘30’s. He was also a featured columnist, writing more than 4,000 syndicated articles.

 

The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935.

 

In Bristow, Oklahoma it is against the law to serve water to a customer in a restaurant unless one peanut in a shell is also served. The consequences for this "serious” offence can result in a fine of up to five dollars.

 

Vinita, Oklahoma was the first town in the state to have electricity. It is also the oldest incorporated town in the state.

The Oklahoma State Capitol is the only capitol in the world surrounded by working oil wells. Not too many years ago, giant oil rigs dotted the grounds of the Oklahoma capitol.

 

If you play catch in the streets of Bartlesville, you’re breaking the law.

 

Per square mile, Oklahoma has the most tornadoes of all U.S. states.

 

Sylvan N. Goldman of Humpty Dumpty Stores and Standard Food Markets invented the first shopping cart so that people could buy more in a single visit to the grocery store. He unveiled his creation in Oklahoma City on June 4, 1937.

 

If you wear New York Jets in Ada, Oklahoma , you could be jailed.

 

Boise City, Oklahoma was the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II. On July 5, 1943, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a B-17 Bomber based at Dalhart Army Air Base (50 miles to the south of Boise City) dropped six practice bombs on the sleeping town.  

 

Whaling is illegal in the state of Oklahoma .

 

In Ponca City a tornado once picked up a house with a man and his wife still in it. Though the walls and roof were blown away, the floor remained intact and eventually glided downward, setting the couple safely back on the ground.

 

In Tulsa you may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.

 

Okmulgee owns the world record for largest pecan pie, pecan cookie, pecan brownie, and biggest ice cream and cookie party. Each June, Okmulgee host the annual Pecan Festival.

 

Oklahoma was the setting for the movie "Twister".

 

It is against the law to spit on a sidewalk.

 

Big Foot was sighted in Vici, Oklahoma in 1977. Though a search party was sent out, no evidence was found.

 

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City.

 

In Clinton, Oklahoma molesting an automobile is illegal.

 

 

 

The town of Beaver is the Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World. Here that the World Championship Cow Chip Throw is held each April.

It is unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window in Hawthahorne.

Port of Catoosa, OklahomaThe Port of Catoosa, just north of Tulsa, is the nation’s largest inland port.

Women may not gamble in the nude, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel in Schulter.

Originally, the state of Oklahoma was set aside for the exclusive use of the Indians and was called Indian Territory . However, in 1889, the land was opened to settlers in what became known as the " Oklahoma Land Rush." On the first opening day on April 22, 1889, 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting gun were called Sooners. Hence the state's nickname.

 

Musician Bob Dunn, from Beggs, Oklahoma , invented the first electric guitar 1935.

Guthrie was Oklahoma's first capitol before a popular vote moved it to Oklahoma City.

Tahlequah, Oklahoma is the Tribal capital of the Cherokee Nation.

Pensacola Dam in OklahomaThe Pensacola Dam, built in 1940 is still the World's Longest Multiple Arch Dam. At 6,565 feet in length, the dam is located on the south shores of Grand Lake O' the Cherokees between Langley and Disney.

Don’t you dare carry a fishbowl full of fish on a public bus in Oklahoma. It’s against the law!

Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma.

It is against the law to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.
 
Belle Starr, one of the most famous women outlaws, is buried in an isolated grave southwest of Porum, Oklahoma near the Eufuala Dam.

Tissues in the back of cars are illegal.

Oklahoma has four mountain ranges including the Ouachitas, Arbuckles, Wichitas and the Kiamichis.

If you make an ugly face at a dog, you could be fined or jailed.

Guthrie, Oklahoma has the nation's only museum devoted to the collection of lighters. At the National Lighter Museum, nearly 20,000 lighters and "fire starters" are displayed.

In Bartlesville, it is illegal to own more than two adult cats.

 

Tattoos, at one time, were illegal in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is one of only two states whose capital cities name includes the state name. The other is Indianapolis, Indiana.

It is illegal to read a comic book while driving a motor vehicle.

Clinton Riggs designed the YIELD sign. It was first used on a trial basis in Tulsa.

Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water.

 

In Wynona, mules may not drink out of bird baths and if you wash clothes in this avian spa, it’s also illegal.

 

Ron Jones Tattooed Leg      Route 66 Tattoos

 Our friend Ron, the Tattoo Man of Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma has the largest Native American population of any state in the nation. Many of the 250,000 American Indians living in Oklahoma are descended from 67 tribes who inhabited Indian Territory in the 19th century. Oklahoma is tribal headquarters for 39 tribes.

 

One may not promote a horse tripping event or a bear wresting exhibition in Oklahoma.

 

A frontier house of logs in Akins, Oklahoma, called Sequoyah’s Cabin, was occupied from 1829-1844 by Sequoyah, also called George Gist. Sequoyah, a teacher, invented the Cherokee written language in 1821.

 

The official State Meal of Oklahoma is chicken fried steak, fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, black eyed peas and pecan pie.

In Oklahoma, it is illegal for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to pretend to have sex with a buffalo.

 

In Bristow, Oklahoma a woman was found in a chair severely burned with no damage to either the chair or her home. Reported to be spontaneous combustion, the poor woman lingered a few days in the hospital before passing on.

 

It is mandatory in Oklahoma that you must tether your car outside a public building.

 

NEXRAD (Next generation weather radar) was invented by a pair of professors on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma's School of Meteorology. The Operational Support Facility for the NEXRAD program is located at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

 

In Oklahoma, men who are arrested for soliciting a hooker, must have their name and picture shown on television.

 

Henry StarrHenry Starr, one of the last outlaws of the Old West was from Oklahoma. During his 32 years in crime, he claimed to have robbed more banks than both the James-Younger Gang and the Doolin-Dalton Gang put together.

Quapaw, Oklahoma is famous for "spooklights,” bouncing bright balls of white fire that have been reported as far back as the 1700's.

If you put the hind legs of a farm animal into your boots, you are breaking the law.


Bristow was the site of Oklahoma's first radio station, KRFU "The Voice of Oklahoma;” which was renamed KVOO and moved to Tulsa in 1927.

 

Milk is the official state beverage of Oklahoma.

 

It is illegal to wear your boots to bed.

 

The first Boy Scout Troop in the US was formed in Pawhuska in 1909.

 

Philip H. Sheridan, George A. Custer, and William T. Sherman were the founders of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center at Fort Sill. Of all the forts built on the south plains during the Indian Wars, Fort Sill is the only active installation.

 

If you have sex before you’re married in Oklahoma, you are breaking the law.

 

Billionaire J. Paul Getty began his oil empire in Tulsa.

 

The Square Dance is Oklahoma's State Dance.Oklahoma's state dance is the square dance.

 

It is illegal to cause "annoying vibrations" in the Bartlesville city limits.

 

Elvis Presley used to like staying at the Best Western Trade Winds Motel in Clinton, Oklahoma.

It is against the law to bring an elephant into Tulsa's downtown area.

While passing another vehicle in Yukon, it is mandatory to honk your horn.

 

The State of Oklahoma forbids women from doing their own hair without having a license.

 

Oklahoma has more miles of the original Route 66 than any other state. 

Dogs who want to congregate in groups of three or more on private property must have a permit signed by the mayor.

 

The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw words okla, meaning people, and homa, meaning red, which translates to land of the red people.

 

In Wynona, your mode of transportation must be tied up while unattended.

 

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, fathers of western swing music, began their careers in Oklahoma.

 

In Yukon, Oklahoma it is illegal to tether your horse in front of city hall.

 

The comic strip Dick Tracy was created by Chester Gould, an Oklahoman.

 

 

 

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated April, 2016.Updated April, 2016.

 

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