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Located in "The Heartland" or the South-Central part of the country, Oklahoma encompasses many different aspects of our nation's complex culture. According to the EPA, Oklahoma has the most diverse terrain in the nation. The northwest region of the state including the panhandle is predominantly covered in arid grasslands. Moving east, the land transforms into rolling hills except for small areas covered by the Wichita and Arbuckle Mountains. The Ouachita Mountains in the Southeastern region is the harshest terrain in the state. Lastly, the Eastern border of the state is marked by many rivers with steep valley walls. The people of Oklahoma are unique as well. The state is second only to California in the largest American Indian population and has the largest number of American Indian headquarters of any state with 39 tribes. For many Southeastern Indian nations in the early 19th century, Oklahoma became their new home as it was the end of the Trail of Tears. Later the land was opened to white settlers as well as Indians leading to the Oklahoma Land Runs. The state was a destination of freed slaves and the heart of the oil boom. Today, the Gilcrease Musuem in Tulsa houses the largest collection of American Western art and is the best place to learn about Oklahoma's important role in the American West. The state is also popular for outdoor sports and activities as 24% of the land is covered in forest and there are over 200 man-made lakes perfect for boating, fishing and more. A more recently added attraction is the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The memorial is the largest of its kind and was built to honor the victims, survivors and everyone impacted by the tragic events of April 19, 1995. It can be viewed in downtown Oklahoma City on the site of the 1995 bombing.


Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from Oklahoma
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Chuck Norris
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Vince Gill
  • Patti Page
  • Reba McEntire
  • Brad Pitt
  • Dan Rowan
  • Shannon Miller
  • Will Rogers


Local Color

What makes Oklahoma unique
  • Thunderstorms
  • Chicken Fried Steak
  • Fiddle
  • Fried Okra
  • Cowboys
  • Prairies



Oklahoma's alter egos
  • Sooner State
  • Boomer State


Major Industries

Most profitable industries in Oklahoma
  • Agriculture
  • Oil
  • Aviation
  • Manufacturing


Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into Oklahoma
  • Ozark Plateau
  • Prairie Plains
  • Ouachita Mountains
  • Sandstone Hills Region
  • Arbuckle Mountains
  • Wichita Mountains
  • Red River Valley Region
  • Red Bed Plains
  • Gypsum Hills
  • High Plains