The most resident-friendly community of apartments in Stillwater is back with another brand new edition of This Month in Oklahoma History! In the post below, we’ll be sharing a list of notable events that have happened in Oklahoma in the month of October. Historically, this has been an eventful month for the state of Oklahoma. Whether it’s been outlaws robbing banks or battles being fought, Oklahoma has seen its fair share of noteworthy incidents in October.
Our hope is that by giving you insights into the history of Oklahoma, we’re able to provide you with a deeper understanding of the state we call home. Plus, you might be able to use these events as conversation starters next time the dinner conversation runs dry. Just be sure to save this page to your bookmarks so you can check back every time we post a new edition of This Month in Oklahoma History!
Now that we’ve gotten the intro out of the way, let’s get right to the list of notable events. Oh, and when you’re done reading through this post, please be sure to share the link to this page with your friends and neighbors at your new apartments in Stillwater!
October 10th, 1802 — 1st Non-Native American Settlement in Oklahoma
Col. A. P. Chouteau set up a branch of his fur trade in Oklahoma after branching out from St. Louis in 1802. You can still see the marker in Salina, Oklahoma. Snap a pic of the post outside the Salina public library and imagine how the state must have looked when Chouteau first set up his trading post.
October 12th, 2003 — Oklahoma Lottery is Established
The Oklahoma Lottery was formed after a statewide vote in 2003, and began selling tickets in 2005. The people of Oklahoma voted in favor of it, and the Oklahoma lottery has been making money for the state for the past 13 years as a result.
October 14th, 1968 — Earthquake in Durant
Oklahoma doesn’t get many earthquakes, so when they do happen, they’re kind of a big deal. Imagine, for a second, that you’re standing in Durant, OK on a fall day in 1968. All of a sudden, the windows in the buildings around you start to shake then shatter. You look up and a billboard shakes the tips over. That’s all that happened, but that’s a lot for a state that doesn’t normally experience earthquakes.
October 23rd, 1923 — Governor Walton is Impeached
There are a lot of ways for a governor to respond to an impeachment. Governor Walton, who was in charge of the state in the early 1920s, responded to the impeachment by putting the state under martial law. It was a rash reaction, and one that eventually backfired when the state’s legislature decided to go through with the impeachment and remove him from office.
Those are all the Oklahoma history tips we’ve got for you this week, residents! We’d like to thank you for spending a few minutes of your day here with us on the 51 at Tradan Heights blog page. We hope that by reading this post, you feel like you’ve learned a little something about the history of the great state of Oklahoma!
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