Between the Great Plains and the Ozark Plateau, the state of Oklahoma has a unique mixture when it comes to terrain and weather. Situated in the Gulf of Mexico watershed with the western side of the state known for extended drought periods and high winds that create the infamous Dust storms. While the east side of the state is humid, like a subtropical climate.
And the two are divided by the Dry line, which keeps the eastern side’s moist air from the west side’s desert air. It is the great divide that is credited for the pre-historic settlement with agrarian tribes making the eastern part home and the west side home of the Hunter-gatherer tribes.
The state is most famous for the land run that gave it the nickname “The Sooners” in 1890. While the biggest part of the state was set aside for the arrival of Indians following The Trial of Tears, the government opened up the land for a “first come, first grab” land run.
Oklahoma had an active political arena early on with the Democrats running the state and Socialism being a growing force with the farmers that were struggling. Until 1917, Oklahoma had America’s largest Socialist population. When World War I caused the cost of food to increase, life got better for the farmers and the Socialist move faded, and the Republican Party would take over.
The State’s economy kept improving in various industries such as cattle, cotton, oil, and wheat, with oil being one of the main draws during the 20s. This would create a lifestyle that left several Art Deco designed buildings behind as well as two world-renown museums.