Welcome to Oklahoma: “Discover the Excellence.” Oklahoma is a word that was made up by the Native American missionary Allen Wright. He combined two Choctaw words, “ukla” meaning person and “humá” meaning red to form the word that first appears in a 1866 Choctaw treaty. Oklahoma means “red person.”
The featured “Welcome to Oklahoma” photo I snapped with my iPhone on June 19th @ 10:21am. It had me thinking, I swore I had some State sign photos I took from the past and sure enough, I found a handful. The below photos were taken around years 2009 and 2010.. I know I have more State signs, but I think they are in print, rather than digital. I’ll have to look for them.
Here is a cool link to the 50 State Signs of America. I’d like to get a photo of them all someday!
After reaching the Oklahoma border, the next photo I took was in Vian, OK (see below) of the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge sign @ 10:49am. Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1970 as an overlay project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Robert S. Kerr Reservoir. Where the Arkansas and Canadian Rivers meet, waterfowl gather in the thousands, including the largest population of snow geese in Oklahoma.
Soon after, we crossed the Arkansas River in Webbers Falls (photos below), which suffered a major bridge disaster in 2002. “The I-40 bridge disaster of May 2002 took place on I-40‘s crossing of Kerr Reservoir on the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma.” – Wikipedia
Driving through Oklahoma, I could barely keep up with the next amazing thing to come, which was Lake Eufaula. (Photos Below) Located roughly two hours east of Oklahoma City, Lake Eufaula is the largest lake in Oklahoma encompassing 102,000 acres and 600 miles of shoreline. Created in 1964 to provide flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, navigation and recreation.
Next stop: Texas!