Located in the Midwest, Oklahoma features diverse landscaping that includes the Great Plains, lakes, mountains, and forests. The state borders Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. It is home to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, and various other historical and cultural attractions. From its interesting scenery to the interesting competitions, here are 5 crazy facts about Oklahoma.
Over 50,000 Miles of Shoreline
Oklahoma may be smack dab in the middle of the continental United States, but it still has a very impressive amount of shoreline. In fact, there is approximately 55,646 miles worth along its various lakes and ponds.
Oklahoma Helps Feed the Country
Oklahoma offers over 33 million acres of farmland; and is in the top ten states for production of calf and cattle, peaches, peanuts, pecans, and wheat.
Home of the World Cow Chip Throwing Championship
Many people may not be familiar with this annual competition. However, it occurs every third Saturday in April in the town of Beaver, Oklahoma. Each year contestants enter into one of four categories: men, women, teams, and VIP divisions; to try their hand at throwing the winning chip.
One of the Largest Populations of Native Americans
Although Oklahoma only ranks second to California in Native American population, the state doesn’t have a single Indian Reservation. However, it does have 39 federally recognized tribal nations’ headquarters.
It’s a Capital Name
Oklahoma is one of only two states that include the states name in the capital city; they two cities are Indianapolis (Indiana) and Oklahoma City (Oklahoma).