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Exploring Oklahoma History is just for the fun of seeing what there is to see in the great state of Oklahoma, and to possibly learn a little something along the way.
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Oklahoma Historic Places Database
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Exploring Oklahoma Journal
The latest of our discoveries and adventures around Oklahoma.

 

Historic Place of the Day

Riley's Chapel

In 1843, Reverend Thomas Bertholf built Riley's Chapel on a hill south of the Cherokee capital. The first annual Indian Mission Conference of the Methodist Church was held at the chapel on October 23, 1844. The building was razed in 1868. **

 

Today In Oklahoma History

25 March

First Tornado Forcast

In the evening of March 25, 1948, a tornado roared through Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma, causing considerable damage, a few injuries, but no fatalities. However, the destruction could have been much worse. A few hours earlier Air Force Captain Robert C. Miller and Major Ernest J. Fawbush correctly predicted that ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS were ripe for tornadoes in the vicinity of Tinker AFB. This first tornado forecast was instrumental in advancing the nation's commitment to protecting the American public and military resources from the dangers caused by natural hazards. more...

 

 

Latest Journal Entries

Cowboy Hats

Cowboy hats are an everyday part of life here in Oklahoma. Have you ever wondered why the cowboy hat looks the way it does? Radiolab has an interesting take on how the cowboy hat evolved.

This Land is Your Land

On February 23, 1940, folk singer Woody Guthrie writes one of his best-known songs, *This Land is Your Land.*

Blog Oklahoma Podcast 044: Historical Markers

In this episode of the Blog Oklahoma Podcast we explore more Oklahoma history and why the markers says what they say, and I share 5 great YouTube channels for you to checkout. Welcome to Blog Oklahoma.