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5 Fun Facts About September 17 In Oklahoma History

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1. In 1907, Oklahoma became a state on September 17th, making it an important anniversary for the state. It was the 46th state to be admitted to the United States.

2. On September 17, 1923, Tulsa's Union Station, one of the busiest train stations in the area, was officially opened. It remained operational until it was closed in 1967.

3. In 1938, Oklahoma's first parking meter was installed on September 17th in Oklahoma City. It cost 5 cents an hour to park and helped generate revenue for the city.

4. On September 17, 1976, the Oklahoma Historical Society unveiled the official state portrait of Will Rogers, a beloved Oklahoman and American humorist.

5. In 2006, a tornado struck Beaver County, Oklahoma on September 17th, causing significant damage to the community. Thankfully, no fatalities were reported. The event serves as a reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness and response in the state.
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