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accommodation. The name Oklahoma comes from two Choctaw
Indian words, okla, which means "people," and humma, which means
"red." In 1889, Congress opened up 2 million acres for white
settlement (it was previously open only to Native Americans who
were forced to leave their homelands), and the first of a number
of land runs began. Route 66 was built in 1932 and it runs from
Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California, then known as the
"Promised Land." During the Great Depression, Route 66 was the
road from Oklahoma and the Dust Bowl to California and a better
life, so it became known as the "road to opportunity." The Route
66 Museum was built in Clinton, Oklahoma, because Route 66
passes through 400 miles of Oklahoma.
Every year in
August hundreds of Native American people from all different
tribes come to the city of
Anadarko, Oklahoma. This gathering of
Native Americans is called the American Indian Exposition.
Yukon, Oklahoma celebrates its Czech and Slovak
ancestors. Yukon is officially known as the Czechoslovak Capital
of Oklahoma because so many people from the country of
Czechoslovakia, in Eastern Europe, settled there in the late
1800s. The Czech Festival is a way for the people in Yukon with
Czech and Slovak backgrounds to preserve and share their Czech
customs, clothing, and foods.
- A National Historic Landmark, the University of Oklahoma's
Bizzell Library in Norman, Oklahoma figured prominently in the
historic movement to racially desegregate public higher
education in the South in the mid-20th century, as well as the
Federal government's position on eliminating racial
segregation within a democratic society.
- Springs, streams and lakes are the attractions at
Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur,
Oklahoma, approx. 20 miles southwest of
Ada, Oklahoma the first national park in the state
of Oklahoma. Visitors to the park find a variety of activities
including camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, hunting
and enjoying nature.
View a map
of the park.