Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is the citadel of American cowboy life. The origin of the capital of the US State of Oklahoma is the 1889 Land Run, which brought a wave of immigrants, known as pioneers, to open the way for subsequent population settlement and growth.
If you did not know, Oklahoma City is the home to former cattle trails and cattle ranches, and the birthplace of countless Western film stars, musicians, and entertainers.
There are many other interesting facts about Oklahoma City, which is the 27th among United States cities in population, you probably do not know but could surprise you. Here are some:
Swearing in the city, which got its start during the land run of 1889 when 10,000 arrived there in a single day, can result in a $1 for each bad word.
The name “Oklahoma,” which the city got from its State, comes from the Choctaw words: “okla” meaning people and “humma” meaning red, so the state’s name literally means “red people.”
And because of this, Oklahoma City is one of only two state capital cities whose name includes the name of the state. The other one being Indianapolis.
The location of the city is such that it is the same distance from New York and Los Angeles.
You always use the shopping bag, and maybe you have never given even the slightest thought about where the bag first came into use.
Next time you go shopping, thank Sylvan N. Goldman of Humpty Dumpty and Standard Food Market in Oklahoma City for the nation’s first shopping cart – the “folding basket carrier” – first used in 1937.
The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed on the southeast corner of the then First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1935.
Unbeknown to many, including some Oklahoma City residents, the city has seven sister cities all around the world, including cities in Israel, Russia, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, and China.
When the hunger pangs bite, an Oklahoma City residents can have a rich serving of fried lamb testicles known as “lamb fries” at Cattleman’s Steakhouse.
The city is the home to America’s only skeleton museum, the Museum of Osteology, with over 300 skeletons on display.
Concerning weather, the US’s first tornado warning went off in Oklahoma City in 1948. It proved successful in that, despite the huge tornado that hit the city, there were no deaths.
Still, on weather, the fastest wind speed ever recorded on this planet was in Moore, Oklahoma, which was during the Oklahoma City f-5 tornado of 1999 when winds traveled at 318 miles per hours (mph).
But perhaps more importantly, Patience Latting was elected as the mayor of Oklahoma in 1971, making Oklahoma the first large city of over 350,000 residents to have a female mayor.
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