Oklahoma Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Saturday, September 11, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 4 hours on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, for 1 hour in Shawnee, Oklahoma and for roughly 25 minutes in the town of Checopah, Oklahoma.

Highlights of the Oklahoma leg of the tour:

  • The OU Campus was beautiful.
  • I got to the OU Campus early enough to watch all the tailgaters getting set up for the big football game between OU and Florida State University.
  • Watching everyone get set up was a wonderful example of “people watching”, which is one of my favorite “sports.”
  • When I left the campus, I got to give away my parking space for free, even though it was on a block where residents were charging visitors $15 to $25 just to park on the street in front of their house.
  • Not only did I get to give away my space for free, but the one behind me opened up so I gave away two spaces (a $30 value).
  • When the second person thanked me for the free space, I had the pleasure of telling them to remember it was a Longhorn who gave them the space (OU and the Univ of Texas Longhorns are long-time rivals).
  • I saw a little bit fo small-town Oklahoma on the way to Arkansas.
  • I visited Checopah, OK, the home of Carrie Underwood (American Idol winner from 2005).
  • The drive into Arkansas was absolutely gorgeous as I drove through the Ozarks.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to by clicking the button right below these words.

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of Oklahoma:

  • With an estimated 3,687,050 residents in 2009 and a land area of 68,667 square miles (177,847 km), Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th largest state.
  • The state’s name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning “red people”, and is known informally by its nickname, The Sooner State.
  • A major producer of natural gas, oil and agriculture. Oklahoma relies on an economic base of aviation, energy, telecommunications, and biotechnology.  It has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, ranking among the top states in per capita income growth and gross domestic product growth.
  • In addition to having a prevalence of German, Irish, British and Native American ancestry, more than 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma, the most of any state.
  • It is located on a confluence of three major American cultural regions and historically served as a route for cattle drives, a destination for southern settlers, and a government-sanctioned territory for Native Americans.

Next stop, Fayetteville, Arkansas.