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Oklahoma Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 18, 2020

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Oklahoma ranks 45th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Oklahoma is a state in the United States of America located in the American South. It is also in the Western South-Central region. Oklahoma is some 69 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 4 million people. The state is divided into 77 counties and 60 of them have entries in this database. In Oklahoma we have discovered historical markers in 143 cities and towns lying in 157 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in Oklahoma? There are least 520 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 517 historical markers and 54 war memorialsóeach individually presented on 561 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another three historical markers in Oklahoma that we donít yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Oklahoma marker in the database, Smithís 2-Story Privy, was added November 8, 2007. It was photographed in Guthrie in Logan County and was erected in 1980. The last one added was submitted on January 23, 2020, and titled Col. John L. Smith. It is in Lexington in Cleveland County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Oklahoma was erected in 1850. It was this one: Muskogee Nation Commemorative Stone, and one of our correspondents found it in Muskogee in Muskogee County on October 11, 2017.

Oklahoma Historical Categories
164 • Native Americans
134 • Settlements and Settlers
87 • Industry and Commerce
83 • Man-Made Features
57 • Patriots and Patriotism
55 • Notable Buildings
43 • World War II
42 • Education
42 • Civil War
42 • Roads and Vehicles
    ... and more ...

Oklahomans donít want to forget their Native Americans history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Oklahoma about Native Americansó164 of themóthan about any other historical category. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 134 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Native Americans category was Hillside Mission, added April 26, 2008. It had been erected in 1995 near Skiatook in Osage County. The last one submitted was submitted on January 22, 2020, and titled Camp Holmes Treaty. It had been erected in Lexington in Cleveland County. The earliest marker erected with the Native Americans category that we have listed was erected in 1850. It was Muskogee Nation Commemorative Stone, found in Muskogee in Muskogee County on October 11, 2017.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Oklahoma county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Tulsa County, with 63 of them. It is followed closely by Oklahoma County with 62 markers. The Tulsa area of Tulsa County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 54. In Oklahoma County the area with the most markers, 51, is Oklahoma City.

Historical Markers in These
Oklahoma Counties
63 • Tulsa County
62 • Oklahoma County
35 • Muskogee County
28 • Logan County
24 • Rogers County
22 • Kay County
21 • Osage County
19 • McIntosh County
19 • Ottawa County
18 • Comanche County
    ... and more ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Oklahoma with the most markers we again find Tulsa at the top of the list with 54 markers in or near it. And Oklahoma City also shows up again in next place, just missing out with 51 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers itís 73102 at the top of the list with 38 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 73102 is assigned to Oklahoma City OK.) It is followed by ZIP Code 73044 with 28 markers. (73044 is assigned to Guthrie OK.)

Historical Markers Near These
Oklahoma Cities and Towns
54 • Tulsa
51 • Oklahoma City
28 • Guthrie
21 • Muskogee
18 • Pawhuska
14 • Bristow
14 • Fort Sill
13 • Miami
11 • Checotah
11 • Newkirk
    ... and more ...

Getting back to Tulsa County, the first marker added to the database from there, First Oil Well in Tulsa County, was added August 7, 2010. It was erected in 1949 in Tulsa. The last one submitted was uploaded on November 6, 2019, and is titled Route 66 Motels and was erected in 2019, in Tulsa. The earliest marker erected in Tulsa County that we have listed was erected in 1915. It was Washington Irving, found in Tulsa on December 16, 2017.

Latest entry from Oklahoma. Click to go there
By Jerome W Walker, January 18, 2020
Latest Entry from Oklahoma
“Col. John L. Smith”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Oklahoma City. The first: Oklahoma City Oil Field, was added September 30, 2012. It had been erected in 1968. The last: Stockyards City added on January 9, 2020. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1930: Tribute to Range Riders, added on October 1, 2012.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Oklahoma Historical Society is currently in charge of the familiar dark green and white metal and the red granite official historical markers found all over the state and the Oklahoma Department of Highways typically installs and maintains those that are roadside. They erected their first marker in 1948, and we have 131 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Oklahoma. Click to go there
By Duane Hall, September 30, 2017
A Oklahoma Historical Society Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

Youíll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Oklahoma have been marked with history. Check out Garvin County, Custer County and Cotton County. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Oklahoma might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe youíll discover more historical markers while youíre there. If you do, perhaps youíll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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