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Situated almost in the middle of the conterminous United States-right below Kansas, which is really in the middle-Oklahoma also falls close to the middle in state size, too, at number 20 on the scale of one to 50. Nicknamed the "Sooner State," a lot of folks have confused this moniker with "schooner," thinking the state was named after early homesteaders who sailed in on their prairie schooners, or covered wagons. Not so. It refers instead to over-anxious settlers who made land grabs and claimed squatters' rights a tad before it was legal to do so, staking their settlements a bit "sooner" than they should have.
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Then came the oil boom. Rigs and pumps sprang up seemingly overnight, and along with them, the cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Thus began the shift from agriculture to industry, and the urbanization of a state many easterners could think of only as a dust bowl. We prowled the virtual corridors of the cities' operas (Oklahoma's own variety), world-class zoos, and perhaps our favorite spot of all, the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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