By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 31, 2021) – In Issue 2021-61 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the Broadway opening of a much loved musical.


Three in the row – if you are following this column.  This is the third post in a row about the arts, now about musicals.

Oklahoma! opened on Broadway in 1943 on this day.  This was the first musical by the dynamic duo of Rogers and Hammerstein.  

Oklahoma! was wildly successful as it ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances, followed by revivals, and of course the movie.

It takes place in Claremore, Indian Territory in 1901.  The Oklahoma Territory on the west, and the Indian Territory on the east of today’s state of Oklahoma coexisted for seventeen years, before Oklahoma was granted statehood in 1907, fully absorbing the Indian Territory.

Here is a map by Cram of the Oklahoma and Indian Territories from the year the musical is set in.

Oklahoma and Indian Territories – 1901 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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