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Early Trails Through Oklahoma ___"The first known trail of which any record is available within what is now Oklahoma, was a Spanish trail running from Natchitoches and Nacogdoches to Santa Fe." Learn about it and subsequent roads and trails. - Text only - By Grant Foreman - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v003/v003p099.html 

Find a Grave - Oklahoma ___Brief biographies of 206 'famous' citizens, many with information about their claims to fame, causes of death and burial places, and photos. - Illustrated - From Find a Grave - http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=state&FSstateid=38

First Post Offices in What Is Now the State of Oklahoma ___"There has been some question as to when the first post office was established in the Indian Territory; some of our most prominent citizens claim that prior to fifty years ago we had no post offices in this country, but I have gotten mail from more than one office prior to fifty years ago." This article was published in 1926. Students of family history might find it particularly interesting. - Text only - From J. Y. Bryce - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v004/v004p202.html  

Five Hundred Million Dollars ___"The following statement from Chas. N. Gould, Director Oklahoma Geological Survey, carries so much of startling information concerning the mineral resources of Oklahoma, information not so readily obtained elsewhere..." This article was published in 1928. - Text only - By Chas. N. Gould - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v006/v006p069.html  
 
Fort McCulloch ___Interesting information about this historic fort. You'll learn why it was built and about General Pike who commanded it. - Text only - By W. B. Morrison - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v004/v004p216.html 

The History of No-Man’s Land, or Old Beaver County ___This extensive 1921 history follows the background and twists and turns of this region which eventually ended up as Oklahoma Territory. A fascinating tale. - Illustrated - From Morris L. Wardell - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v001/v001p060.html

History of the Construction of the Frisco Railway Lines in Oklahoma ___Lengthy history of this railway. - Text only - By James L.Allhands - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v003/v003p229.html

Keeping the Record Straight ___"In commemoration of the thirty-sixth anniversary of the opening of Oklahoma to settlement, the Daily Oklahoman published a special edition. It was probably the best contribution to the history of that event that has been compiled by any newspaper since that time. And yet it would be natural that in such a compilation errors would creep into it. Not in a spirit of criticism, but to "keep the record straight," I will call attention to a few of these errors. No doubt there are others that I am not capable of correcting." This history was published in 1925. - text only - By Paul Nesbit - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v003/v003p158.html 

Military Discipline in Early Oklahoma ___"Although settlers were permitted to sell liquor in United States garrisons, the trade was restricted and the punishments soldiers received for drunkenness would probably be called cruel and unusual in these days of scientific criminology." Bear in mind that 'these days' refers to 1928, when this article was published. - Text only - By Carolyn Thomas Foreman - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v006/v006p140.html 

Oklahoma ___A good overview of the history of Oklahoma, plus statistics, demographic information, and links to "... selected famous natives and residents." - Illustrated - From Pearson Education, publishing as Infoplease - http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108260.html 


 
Oklahoma as a Part of the Spanish Dominion, 1763-1803 ___"By the treaty of Fountainbleau, November 3, 1762, Louis XV, on account of affection and friendship which he felt for his cousin Charles III of Spain, made him a gift of the country named Louisiana, as well as New Orleans and the Island in which the city is situated, and by this gift Oklahoma received a new king and became a part of the Spanish Empire. This treaty was kept secret, and the King of France continued to govern Louisiana until 1766, when Don Antonio de Ulloa arrived to take possession in the name of the king of Spain." This history was published in 1925. - Text only - By Anna Lewis - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v003/v003p045.html 

Oklahoma City’s Indian Scare ___"One of the noteworthy incidents occurring in the early day history of Oklahoma City was a battle with the Cheyenne Indians one night in the late fall of 1890—noteworthy because of the fact that the battle never was fought notwithstanding it was momentarily expected for a period of several hours on that eventful night." This article is an eye-witness report of the battle that never happened. - Text only - By C.A. McNabb - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v002/v002p395.html 

Oklahoma Ghost Towns ___These brief reports about this state's ghost towns are submitted by viewers. - Map - From Ghosttowns.com - http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ok/ok.html  

Oklahoma: History ___Topics include Indian Territory, statehood and the 'Dust Bowl'. - Text only - From The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. - http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/us/A0860123.html 

Oklahoma's History ___Read a brief history of Oklahoma and learn how African Americans first came to be there. - Illustrated - From the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department - http://www.otrd.state.ok.us/StudentGuide/history.html 

Old Boggy Depot ___"Among the most interesting of the early settlements of Oklahoma, established before the Civil War, was Old Boggy Depot." The story is here, complete with photos. - Illustrated - From Muriel H. Wright - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v005/v005p004.html 

The Opening of Oklahoma ___"A city established and populated in half a day, in a remote region of country and many miles distant from the nearest civilized community, is a marvel that could have been possible in no age but our own, and in no land except the United States." This article is a first-hand account of how cities in Oklahoma were settled. It was first published in Sept. 1889. - Text only - From Hamilton S. Wicks - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v004/v004p129.html
 
Passing Pioneers ___Not a long page, but it contains brief biographies for two of Oklahoma's pioneers. - Text only - From the Oklahoma historical Society - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v002/v002p400.html 

Pioneers and Pioneering in Woods County ___The first-hand anecdotal stories found here provide you with insight about what life was like in the early days of Oklahoma. The article was published in 1925. - Text only - By Jesse J. Dunn - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v003/v003p141.html 

The Risks Of Army Desertion on the Frontier ___Life wasn't easy in the early years of Oklahoma, especially for army personnel who chose to desert. This is a brief, but very informative article. - Text only - From Joseph B.Thoburn - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v006/v006p445.html 

Single Versus Double Statehood ___This article was published in 1927. It contains information about the dispute "... as to whether or not the Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory should be admitted into the Union as separate states or be joined and admitted as a single state." - Text only - By Thomas H. Doyle - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v005/v005p018.html 

Single Versus Double Statehood - Part Two ___A continuation of the above article. - Text only - By Thomas H. Doyle - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v005/v005p117.html 

Single Versus Double Statehood - Part Three ___The conclusion of the two articles reviewed above. - Text only - By Thomas H. Doyle - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v005/v005p266.html 

Southwest’s History Written in Oklahoma’s Boundary Story ___"These two sections of Oklahoma—the rectangular part and the Panhandle—constitute an area that has had more flags floating over it and more various forms of government than any other similar area in the United States." Bit by bit, and piece by piece, the southwest was divided into states and territories. - Illustrated - By M. L. Wardell - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v005/v005p287.html 

 
 
The Spirit of Sooner Land ___"The most significant thing in all Oklahoma history has been the Indian occupation of this region." This is a fascinating look at Oklahoma's history. Bear in mind that it was published in 1923 when the state was only about 16 years old. - Text only - By Edward E. Dale - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v001/v001p167.html 

The Struggle for the Removal of the Territorial Capital ___This article, published in 1924, provides the text of a speech in which Mr. Peery argues the reasons that Oklahoma's capital be moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma city. - Text only - By Dan W. Peery - http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v002/v002p319.html 

The US50 - A Guide to the State of Oklahoma ___A general history of Oklahoma and brief biographies of historic figures. - Text only - From Erik Schubach and TheUS50.com - http://www.theus50.com/oklahoma/history.php

Welcome to Origins ___"Origins provides online bulletins and databases of various economic and demographic data on the state, counties, and cities in Oklahoma through a cooperative effort of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University." - Text only - From the Oklahoma Department of Commerce - http://origins.ou.edu/ 
 

 

 

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