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5 Fun Facts About October 17 In Oklahoma History

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1. On October 17, 1878, the Edmond Station was established by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The town of Edmond would later develop around the station.

2. In 1907, Oklahoma became a state. October 17th marks the anniversary of the first statehood convention held in Guthrie, Oklahoma, the state's first capital.

3. On this day in 1918, the famed Rough Rider and former President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, visited Tulsa to deliver a speech promoting the sale of Liberty Bonds.

4. In 1933, the barbed wire fence was invented by Joseph Glidden. It had implications for ranchers and farmers across the state and would become an iconic symbol of the American West.

5. On October 17, 1988, Oklahoma City native James Gallogly was appointed as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Chevron Corporation. He later became the CEO of the company and served until his retirement in 2019.
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