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Exploring Oklahoma History is just for the fun of seeing what there is to see in the great state of Oklahoma, and to possibly learn a little something along the way.
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Oklahoma Historic Places Database
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Historic Place of the Day

Beckham County Courthouse

Famous Courthouse featured in the movie, "The Grapes of Wrath." This beautiful structure was completed in 1911 at a cost of $69,000. Designed by the architectural firm of Layton, Wemyss Smith and Hawk, it was built by Oklahoma Quarries and construction Company. The building is a symmetrical blend of Neo-Classical and Second Renaissance Revival styles. Outstanding features included colo ...


Today In Oklahoma History

24 July

Hmmm. Nothing listed for today, July 23. Guess we'll just have to look ahead.

Red River Bridge War - Martial Law Declared

The Red River Bridge War was a 1931 bloodless boundary conflict between Oklahoma and Texas over an existing toll bridge and a new free bridge crossing the Red River. On this date Oklahoma Governor Murray declared martial law at the site, enforced by Oklahoma National Guardsmen. Murray directed the guardsmen to allow anyone to cross either bridge, after more...

24 July

Hmmm. Nothing listed for today, July 23. Guess we'll just have to look ahead.

Arkansas River Navigation System

Rivers and Harbors Act authorizing the building of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System is passed by Congress. The plan includes hydropower, flood control, recreation, and navigation from Catoosa, Oklahoma to the Mississippi River. more...


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The Failure of Penn Square Bank - July 5, 1982

Penn Square Bank was a large commercial bank located in the Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City. The bank made its name in high-risk energy loans during the late 1970s and early 1980s Oklahoma and Texas oil boom. As a result, primarily, of irresponsible lending practices, Penn Square Bank failed during July of 1982. Ranks as one of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC's) most publicized, most difficult, and most colorful bank resolutions.