AZ to MO (and back) via iPhone: Oklahoma

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

Checotah, Ok, home to Carrie Underwood, as well as Merle Haggard’s parents and a handful of others, was next.  June 19, 2018 @ 11:13am.  (Photos Below)

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.

Honorable mentions (maps below):  Lake Thunderbird State Park, Washita National Wildlife Refuge, Black Kettle National Grassland, Lake Meredith National Rec Area

We made it to Oklahoma City around 1PM.  From there to the Texas border, I found shapes in clouds in Calumet , passed by Clinton Lake, OK and saw where Garth Brooks was from! (Photos Below)

Oklahoma definitely surprised me with all it has to offer; beautiful country.  I’m sure I missed something, but here is the official website.

More Honorable mentions:  Arcadia LakeAmerica’s Corner, Foss State Park

Next stop: Texas!