We’re back with another informative blog post for residents of our Owasso apartments. History buffs will love this one, as we’re talking about some of the most important historical moments that happened in Oklahoma in the month of June. There’s a lot to talk about, and we hope that this post helps you gain a better appreciation for Oklahoma’s rich history!
Without further delay, let’s dive right into this week’s blog post. When you’re done reading the list below, please be sure to share the link to this page with your friends and neighbors at 98 Apartments Owasso!
June 4th, 1937 — First Shopping Cart Introduced
Sylvan Goldman was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was the son of immigrants, and his entrepreneurial spirit drove him to become owner of a Humpty Dumpty grocery store in Oklahoma City. This is where he first invented and introduced the shopping cart. It wasn’t called a shopping cart at first. Instead, it was called a “No Shopping Basket Carrying Plan.” Although the shopping cart wasn’t popular at first because women thought it looked like a baby carriage, it did eventually catch on and Sylvan Goldman became a millionaire.
June 12th, 2006 — Oklahoma Spaceport Gets Licensed
A lot of people don’t know about the Oklahoma Spaceport, nad that might be because it’s a solution that the state hopes will be used more in the future as opposed to right now. There are only 10 spaceports in the entire country, and the Oklahoma Spaceport is the only one that sits outside military restricted airspace. The hope is that private companies will use this spaceport to expand their space programs, bringing jobs and an exciting new industry to Oklahoma!
June 26th, 1985 — Route 66 Decommissioned
For a long time, Route 66 was the only way to get from the midwest to California. This is the road that thousands of travelers took when uprooting their families during the Great Depression. When the dust storms hit Oklahoma, people hopped on Route 66 with everything their own and headed west.
In 1956, the federal government created the Interstate Highway System. It took 30 years to build, but the end result rendered Route 66 unnecessary. 85% of the highway is still around these days, it’s just not maintained as well as it once was. Still, driving along Route 66 is a great way to put yourselves in the shoes of Americans living in the mid-20th century.
June 15th, 1864 — Battle of J.R. Williams
The J.R. Williams was a steamboat floated down the Arkansas River during the Civil War. It was ambushed by Confederate Soldiers — specifically Native American soldiers led by their Cherokee General — in a successful attempt to cut off Union supply lines. This battle is often jokingly referred to as, “the only naval battle” in Oklahoma history.
With that, we’ve reached the end of the June edition of This Month in Oklahoma History. We’d like to take this time to thank those of you that have been coming back week after week to check out the latest blogs from your community of apartments for rent in Owasso. We hope that this week’s post helps you understand Oklahoma history a little better!
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