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Historical Atlas of Oklahoma Fourth Edition Edition
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A great improvement over its previous format, this 4th edition comes alive with new informative text, colorful maps and charts of every kind and numerous historical photographic images.. It focuses on every facet of Oklahoma history from a geo-historical point of view, i.e. what happened and where did it happen. For example there is a section on the forced removal of the Cherokees and other southeastern tribes into Oklahoma, showing their lands and routes to Oklahoma from their native ground. It covers the land runs on the various openings of Indian and unassigned lands, again with an eloquent map to picture it all for the reader. The book is in chronological order and touches on such issues as census data by area and minority population change, 1990-2000. For the family who wishes to use this as a vacation resource, there are maps to museums and historic sites, state parks and recreation areas. It closes with a panoply of noted Oklahomans. Obviously, the book works on many levels. It is also beautifully published (by O.U. Press) for its official centennial edition (2007). It makes a lovely coffee table book, that visitors will not be able to resist picking up and thumbing through.
There are excellent pictures and illustrations. We see the climate, rainfall, geology,mineral deposits, oil and gas sites, description of birds, other animals of Oklahoma and various plants and crops as well as natural resources of the different regions and later counties. We see the Indian territory and Oklahoma territory. Also there is the small strip later called Cimarron, Texas and Beaver counties of Oklahoma. It was No Man's land neither a part of the Indian territory or Oklahoma territory. Texas registered as an ex " slave state" before statehood. Texas had to give the small northern strip of No Man's land to the US.
There is even a chapter describing dinosaur tracks and fossils found in the panhandle. Lists of old forts, recreational areas, lakes, rivers and more. Did you know Cimarron county has a Helium plant and that Oklahoma has the highest registered horse density in the US? Lots and lots of interesting tidbits.
The book has lots of chapters on the different Indian tribes and culture. We see the "Trail of Tears" and the many tribes dumped into the Indian territory. Also some of the black history in scattered parts of Oklahoma. There are lots of references to various sports legions that grew up in Oklahoma including my heroes Mickey Mantle and Johnnie Bench. Also lots of Hollywood actors and singers that grew up in Oklahoma.
This book has so much for all interests. Someone should find something that interests them. For me there was too much to take into one sitting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this one a while and love how I can locate so many of the old places. It came in great condition.Published 18 months ago by Gloria Elam
Although used, this was in very good condition. I got it for my Dad's B-Day and he really loved it.Published on July 22, 2013 by Rhonda J. Young