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The Oklahoma Setting

Oklahoma―from Indian Territory to the historic land run in 1889 by pioneer homesteaders―to statehood in 1907―to the oil boom of the 1920’s―to the modern ranches and cities of today―is an exciting story. Whether you are on the range or in the city, Oklahoma offers a real diversity of scenes and attractions.

While America is steeped in the traditions of the Cowboy and Indian, no state boasts a richer heritage of both thanOklahoma. And, Oklahoma also has a rich heritage in aviation and space, and in oil and gas. More Astronauts have come from Oklahoma than any other state. Oklahoma ranks third in all of the states in the production of natural gas. Four major oil and gas companies, and many independent producers, make their headquarters in Oklahoma.

Descendants of the original sixty-seven Indian tribes, including those from the “five civilized tribes” that originally were assigned by the federal government to live in Indian Territory, call Oklahoma home today. From the time the great Cattle drives were made across Oklahoma territory after the US Civil War, the Cowboy has been a vital part of Oklahoma. Today, Oklahoma is the setting for vast horse and cattle ranches, rodeos and working cowboys. Oklahoma is the “Quarter Horse” capital of the U.S.

Oklahoma has preserved its great western heritage through internationally acclaimed museums, colorful historical sites and unique cultural events. There are none better than the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Gilcrease and Philbrook museums in Tulsa.

This entire, rich heritage is amidst a backdrop of crystal blue lakes, golden wheat lands, green forests, pink granite mountains and rolling prairies.

Come share the adventure in America’s Frontier Lake State where important images of our country’s history and folklore are kept alive, and where the “Spirit of Oklahoma” is contagious.