Oklahoma Fun Facts & Trivia

 Our friend Ron, the Tattoo Man of Oklahoma

Our friend Ron, the Tattoo Man of Oklahoma

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.

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 Starr, Outlaw

Henry Starr, Outlaw

Henry 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.

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 March 2018.

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