DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 16, 2020) – In Issue 110 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps we celebrate the welcoming of Oklahoma to the United States of America.

Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th State on this day in 1907.

The nickname of Oklahoma is the “Sooner State”, but its name means “red people“ in Native American Choctaw.

A Native of Oklahoma, Johnny Bench became a Cincinnati “Red” and a Hall of Fame Baseball Player – (Stock image)

Another famous native of Oklahoma, Mickey Mantle went on to a Hall of Fame Baseball career with the N Y Yankees (Stock image)

At one point, this land was called Indian Territory, given that many Indian Nations were living or moved here, including the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, Wichita, Comanche and others.  Then the western portion became Oklahoma Territory.  The two territories merged to form the new state in 1907.

To this day, 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma. Not sure if Mickey Mantle or Johnny Bench speak any of those Native American languages, but another proud “Sooner” Blake Shelton is recognized for his voice in the world of Country Music. 

Here is Cram’s map of Oklahoma and Indian Territory from 1901.     

Oklahoma and Indian Territory map – 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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