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The Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma. Inmate information

Oklahoma is the most northeasterly of America's southwestern states. Covering an area of 69,919 square miles, it is bordered by New Mexico (west), Texas (west and south), Colorado and Kansas (north) and Missouri and Arkansas (east). Oklahoma has a warm, healthy climate with mild winters. Average annual rainfall ranges from 56 inches (southeast) to less than 18 inches (southwest).

Oklahoma. Inmate information: population of the state is of 3,687,050; more than 60 out of 100 people live in cities and towns. The capital and largest city is Oklahoma City. Tulsa is the other major city.

Dry plains cover Oklahoma's northwestern strip, called the 'Panhandle'. Rolling prairie, broken in the south by the Wichita and Arbuckle mountains, covers most of western Oklahoma.

The Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma

Central and eastern Oklahoma is mostly prairie and hill country, rising to the Ozark plateau (northeast) and the Ouachita mountains (southeast). The leading rivers are the Red, forming Oklahoma's southern border, and the Arkansas, flowing through the state's northeastern part.
Oklahoma has rich petroleum and natural gas deposits, located chiefly in the east. Other important minerals include coal, lead and zinc.

A location map with information about Oklahoma A tepee, or wigwam, of the Pawnee. Oklahoma

A location map of Oklahoma

A tepee, or wigwam, of the Pawnee tribe stands in Indian City near Anadarko, Oklahoma. Most of Oklahoma was an Indian reservation up to the 1880s, and many Indians still live there

The chief farming activity is livestock raising. Beef cattle and sheep graze on the grassy prairies. Wheat and cotton are the chief crops. The most important industry is petroleum refining, carried out mainly in north and south central regions. Others are food processing and machinery manufacture.

The United States bought the Oklahoma region from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. For much of the 1800's, it was an Indian reservation, known as Indian Territory. Today, more than 14 out of 100 American Indians still live in Oklahoma. In 1889, much of the region was opened to white settlers, and in 1890, Oklahoma was organized as a territory. In 1907 it became a state.

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