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Oklahoma Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on December 8, 2022

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Oklahoma ranks 39th 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 West 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 all of them have entries in this database. In Oklahoma we have discovered historical markers in 220 cities and towns lying in 232 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 1,091 historical markers in Oklahoma, by our count. We have cataloged 1,087 historical markers and 99 war memorials—each individually presented on 1,169 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another four historical markers in Oklahoma that we don’t 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.

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The first Oklahoma marker in the database, Smith’s 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 November 29, 2022, and titled Woody Guthrie. It is in Okemah in Okfuskee County and had been erected in 2001. 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 Topics
331 • Native Americans
226 • Settlements and Settlers
180 • Industry and Commerce
117 • Roads and Vehicles
108 • World War II
85 • Education
84 • Man-Made Features
63 • Notable Buildings
63 • Patriots and Patriotism
61 • Civil War
    ... and others ...

Oklahomans don’t want to forget their Native Americans history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Oklahoma about Native Americans—331 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Settlements and Settlers with 226 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Native Americans topic 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 November 7, 2022, and titled Millie Durgan. It had been erected near Mountain View in Kiowa County. The earliest marker erected with the Native Americans topic that we have listed was erected in 1850. It is Muskogee Nation Commemorative Stone, found in Muskogee in Muskogee County on October 11, 2017.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Oklahoma? What we know is that The Battle of the Washita is the most viewed entry in the database from Oklahoma since it was added in 2008. It is located near Cheyenne in Roger Mills County. This year so far, the most viewed Oklahoman entry is located in Fort Sill in Comanche County. It is 280mm Heavy Motorized Gun M65.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Oklahoma county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Oklahoma County, with 215 of them. It is followed by Tulsa County with 113 markers. The Oklahoma City area of Oklahoma County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 190. In Tulsa County the area with the most markers, 100, is Tulsa.

Historical Markers in These
Oklahoma Counties
215 • Oklahoma County
113 • Tulsa County
103 • Comanche County
53 • Caddo County
37 • Muskogee County
35 • Kay County
33 • Ottawa County
28 • Johnston County
28 • Logan County
27 • Le Flore County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Oklahoma with the most markers we again find Oklahoma City at the top of the list with 190 markers in or near it. And Tulsa also shows up again in next place, with 100 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 73503 at the top of the list with 94 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 73503 is assigned to Fort Sill OK including the Lawton delivery area.) It is followed by ZIP Code 73105 with 76 markers. (73105 is assigned to Oklahoma City OK including the okc delivery area.)

Historical Markers Near These
Oklahoma Cities and Towns
190 • Oklahoma City
100 • Tulsa
94 • Fort Sill
47 • Anadarko
28 • Guthrie
27 • Tishomingo
23 • Muskogee
20 • Miami
18 • Pawhuska
17 • El Reno
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Oklahoma County, the first marker added to the database from there, Route 66, was added January 27, 2012. It was erected in 1994 in Arcadia. The last one submitted was uploaded on December 31, 2021, and is titled F-80C, in Oklahoma City. The earliest marker erected in Oklahoma County that we have listed was erected in 1915. It was Central State Normal, found in Edmond on April 16, 2021.

Latest entry from Oklahoma. Click to go there
By Cosmos Mariner, May 19, 2015
Latest Entry from Oklahoma
“Woody Guthrie”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Tulsa. The first: First Oil Well in Tulsa County, was added August 7, 2010. It had been erected in 1949. The last: Bishop's Driv-Inn added on June 17, 2022. It had been erected in 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1915: Washington Irving, added on December 16, 2017.

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 208 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

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Oklahoma have been marked with history. Check out Coal County, Adair County and Alfalfa 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 you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll 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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Dec. 8, 2022