Oklahoma is mostly another prairie state, but its economy runs on much more than just agriculture. This state is a major producer of oil and natural gas, which is of major importance to the people of the state. Another interesting fact is that for many years certain counties in Oklahoma had the most millionaires than any other state in America. In agriculture Oklahoma is famous for excellent beef, dairy cattle, poultry and wheat.
The name Oklahoma is from one of the twenty-five Indian languages spoken in the state. It means the people who are red. When Oklahoma was still a territory, it had been surveyed in preparation for becoming a state. The famous Oklahoma land rush took place on Monday, April 22nd 1889. Any person crossing into the territory on that date was able to place a claim on up to 640 acres and own that property without payment. What ensured was unexpected madness. For example, one historical account reported that one town, at noon on the appointed date, had a population of zero. By the time the sun went down that night there were more than 10,000 residents. This same thing happened all over the state, with more than 50,000 people claiming their parcel of land in one day.
The people of Oklahoma are much like those of other prairie states. Many have German roots and enjoy celebrations related to festivals held by their ancestors in Germany. A lot of Indian festivals also take place every year throughout Oklahoma.