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There are so many extraordinary Oklahomans who've helped shape our state and incredible places you can only find right here in the Sooner State.

As Oklahoma's Own News 9, we want to highlight our amazing state where our local, family-owned company has called home for over 100 years. Check back here each Friday as we celebrate the best of Oklahoma and what makes us #OklahomaProud.

Will Rogers

Will Rogers

"Oklahoma's Favorite Son"

William Penn Adair Rogers - better known as Will Rogers - was born of Cherokee heritage near present-day Oologah and became an American icon. He held many roles throughout his life including cowboy, world traveler, humorist and entertainer. Rogers had a hugely successful acting career, which included starring in 71 films during the 1920s and 1930s. He was also a radio commentator and wrote over 4,000 syndicated newspaper columns. "Oklahoma's Favorite Son" was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1932, and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore was dedicated in 1938.

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Pops

Pops

Route 66 Landmark

Located in Arcadia, Pops is a modern-day Mother Road landmark. The roadside attraction includes a diner, gas station and soda ranch with over 700 types of soda. Visitors can also check out the iconic 66-foot-tall soda bottle sculpture out front!

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Bison

Oklahoma's State Mammal

The bison was adopted as Oklahoma's state mammal in 1972, and it became the United States' first national mammal in 2016. They can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and run speeds up to 35 miles per hour. Bison herds can still be found across Oklahoma including within the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton and the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve near Bartlesville.

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S. E. Hinton

Author of “The Outsiders”

Tulsa native Susan Eloise Hinton is well known as the author of The Outsiders, but did you know she wrote her best-selling first novel while she was a student at Will Rogers High School? A movie version of The Outsiders was later filmed in Tulsa by Francis Ford Coppola, and the Outsiders House Museum opened in 2019 to preserve the home and memorabilia used in the film.

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Blue Whale of Catoosa

Route 66 Landmark

The iconic Blue Whale has called Catoosa home since the 1970s. Located on a small pond along old Route 66, the roadside attraction was built by Hugh Davis and quickly became a beloved Mother Road landmark.

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Lake Murray State Park

First and Largest Oklahoma State Park

Drive just south of Ardmore and you'll find Lake Murray State Park - Oklahoma's first and largest state park. The 12,500-acre park includes all of Lake Murray and the iconic Tucker Tower, a historic landmark built during the 1930s that extends 65 feet into the air.

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Wiley Post

Pioneering Aviator

Wiley Post was raised in southern Oklahoma and became the first pilot to fly solo around the world. He helped develop one of the first pressurized flight suits and proved the importance of using the jet stream. Post's final flight was on August 15, 1935 with his longtime friend Will Rogers. Tragically, the two died that day when their plane crashed near Point Barrow, Alaska.

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Oklahoma History Center

215,000 Square-Foot Learning Center

Located on 18 acres in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma History Center tells the stories of Oklahoma and its people through its 5 galleries, 50 topics and 2,000 artifacts. The Oklahoma History Center also houses a Research Center and is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

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Collared Lizard

Collared Lizard

Oklahoma's State Reptile

Oklahoma adopted the collared lizard as our state reptile back in 1969. The collared lizard gets its name from its distinct coloration, which includes bands of black around the neck and shoulders similar to that of a collar.

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Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

59,020-Acre Refuge in SW Oklahoma

Located near Lawton, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is home to many wildlife species including American bison, Texas longhorn cattle, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk and prairie dogs. Other refuge highlights include Mount Scott, the Holy City of the Wichitas, Quanah Parker Lake and the Parallel Forest. The 59,020-acre refuge was established in 1901 and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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