Hallo all. It's Isabel 🙂 We’ve jaunted across more than 40 states, believe it or not! Today, we saunter over to one at the heart of the Great Plains. Its official languages are English, Choctaw, and Cherokee. Its state instrument is the drum, its state mammal the bison.
Today, friends, we're in Oklahoma.
OK has an official state meal too: fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken-fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas… Sounds scrumptious!!
While people have lived in this area since the last ice age (!) much of its population arrived as a result of the Trail of Tears, when, during the early 1800s, Native American tribes across the eastern US were forced to relocate to what was then-called “Indian Territory," joining the tribes who lived there already.
Oklahoma became a state in 1907 — the 46th! Just a couple decades later, OK was severely affected by the Dust Bowl, when it didn’t rain enough for several seasons, and dust and wind gusted through. Times were hard, but the people of OK are resilient.
Today, the state flag is one of only two to include distinct Native American images. On it, a bison-skin shield overlaid with symbols of peace sits against the background of a blue sky.
It's not hard to understand why the bison was chosen to be OK's state animal. It's the biggest land animal native to North America, and it is impressive. They can grow almost 7 feet tall, weigh 2800 pounds, and jump 6 feet in the air.
You might also run into pronghorn antelopes, bumpy, balled-up armadillos, road runners, or wily coyotes on the road here.
If indoor exploration’s more your thing, visit the American Banjo museum in Oklahoma City. Oh! And also, of course, let us not forget, the American Pigeon Museum.
If you stop at the store on the way, you’ll probably use an OK invention — the shopping cart!
And finally, as you drive, you might pass one more OK invention: the yield sign! And when you pay and park? That's an OK gizmo, too. The first parking meter ever was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935. It was called the Park-O-Meter No. 1 and was installed, appropriately, on First Street🚌 ...