History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Oklahoma
Still containing the second-highest amount of oil wells within the United States., The fast growing economy of Oklahoma's also has the advantage of having the leadership
in production of natural gas, agriculture and meat processing, aircraft parts manufacturing, while recently has evolved into a major center of biotechnology companies.
With its attractive living costs, low property taxes, along with a climate friendly to business, Oklahoma is continuing to grow in population numbers, of which 65
percent living in metro Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the state's two economic nerve centers.
Francisco Vásquez de Coronado first explored the region for Spain in 1541. The U.S. acquired most of Oklahoma in 1803 in the Louisiana Purchase from France; the Western
Panhandle region became U.S. territory with the annexation of Texas in 1845.Set aside as Indian Territory in 1834, the region was divided into Indian Territory and
Oklahoma Territory on May 2, 1890. The two were combined to make a new state, Oklahoma, on Nov. 16, 1907.
On April 22, 1889, the first day homesteading was permitted, 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting gun were called “Sooners,”
hence the state's nickname.
Oklahoma has eleven public regional universities, including Northeastern State University, the second oldest institution of higher education west of the Mississippi, which
also holds the only College of Optometry in Oklahoma and the largest enrollment of Native Americans in the nation by percentage and amount. Langston University is Oklahoma's
only historically black college. Six of the state universities were included in the Princeton Review list of the top 122 regional colleges in 2007, and three made the list of
the best colleges for the best value. The country has 55 post-secondary technical facilities operated by Oklahoma's CareerTech program for training in specific industrial or
Oklahoma has teams in basketball, football, arena football, baseball, soccer, hockey, and wrestling in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Enid, Norman, and Lawton. The Oklahoma City
Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA) is the state's only major league sports franchise. The state had a team in the Women's National Basketball Association,
the Tulsa Shock, from 2010 through 2015, but the team relocated to Dallas–Fort Worth after that season and became the Dallas Wings.
Oklahoma has teams in several minor leagues, including Minor League Baseball at the AAA and AA levels (Oklahoma City Dodgers and Tulsa Drillers, respectively), hockey's ECHL
with the Tulsa Oilers, and a number of indoor football leagues. In the last-named sport, the state's most notable team was the Tulsa Talons, which played in the Arena
Football League until 2012, when the team was moved to San Antonio. The Oklahoma Defenders replaced the Talons as Tulsa's only professional arena football team, playing the
CPIFL. The Oklahoma City Blue, of the NBA G League, relocated to Oklahoma City from Tulsa in 2014, where they were formerly known as the Tulsa 66ers. Tulsa is the base for
the Tulsa Revolution, which plays in the American Indoor Soccer League. Enid and Lawton host professional basketball teams in the USBL and the CBA.
There are 149 airports in Oklahoma for the public to use. Airports in Oklahoma are well connected to the other cities of USA as also to global destinations. The airports in Oklahoma have state-of-the-art technology and provide helpful service to all the passengers.
Of all the airports in Oklahoma, only the Tulsa International Airport at Tulsa is an international one. The other important regional airports in Oklahoma are the Enid Woodring International Airport at Enid, the Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport at Lawton and Ponca City International Airport at Ponca City.
The Tulsa International Airport sees more than 3 million passengers every year. The amenities and services offered by this airport include ATMs, many news and gifts shops, various restaurants, retail stores that sell books and local products, a chapel, a conference room, massage chairs, shoeshine shops and a hair salon. The airlines that serve this airport are American Airlines, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Comair, Southwest Airlines, Champion Airlines, Skywest Airlines and ASA.
The Will Rogers World airport in Oklahoma City is the busiest of all the airports in Oklahoma in terms of commercial passengers who use the airport annually. Some of the services and amenities provided by this airport include WiFi service at cheap rates, shoeshine shops, ATMs, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and many retail stores. The airlines that serve this airport are American/ American Eagle, Frontier, Continental, Northwest, Delta, Champion Air, Southwest, United Express and US Airways.