Welcome, residents, to another edition of This Month in Oklahoma History, the ongoing series from your apartments for rent in Owasso. In this month’s post, we’ll be talking about some of the events, people and moments that have shaped Oklahoma history. Of course, not all events are earth shattering, but we made sure to include the historical events that we thought our residents would be most interested in.
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November 2nd, 2010 — First Female Governor of Oklahoma is Elected
Most of our posts about Oklahoma history reference events that happened in the 1950s and earlier. For whatever reason, the most notable events in our state’s history seem to have happened a long time ago. This month brings a welcome change to that trend, as we have the chance to highlight a recent historical event. On November 2nd, 2010, Oklahoma citizens went to the polls and 60% of them voted for Oklahoma State University graduate Mary Fallin. On January 10th, 2011, she was sworn in and became the first female governor in Oklahoma history.
Of course, Mary Fallin is still the governor of Oklahoma. She was reelected in 2014.
November 11th, 1926 — Route 66 is Established
The most famous road in America, Route 66 was established to allow Americans to easily move west. The road was established just 3 years before Black Tuesday kicked off The Great Depression. Route 66 originally stretched from Santa Monica California to Chicago, Illinois, running through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri along the way. The road was popularized in songs and TV shows, and Oklahomans are probably familiar with the Route 66 museum in Clinton, OK. Although signs for the road wouldn’t be put up until 1927, Route 66 was truly born on November 11th, 1926.
November 13th, 1974 — Nuclear Power Plant Worker Dies in Mysterious One-Car Crash
This is one of the strangest stories we’ve ever reported here on This Month in Oklahoma History. Karen Silkwood was a nuclear power plant work who had been complaining about health and safety issues at the Kerr-McGee nuclear power plant, where she worked. On the night of her death, it’s reported that she was driving to meet with a New York Times reporter. It’s also reported that she had with her a folder full of documents and notes detailing the health and safety violations at Kerr McGee, but no such folder was found in her car. This fact adds credibility to the theory that she was driven off the road by someone who didn’t want her to meet with the reporter. She crashed headfirst into a concrete divider, but her car had a dent in the back bumper, which raises more questions about whether or not foul play was involved.
That concludes the November edition of This Month in Oklahoma History. Thanks for reading, residents! If you enjoyed this week’s post and want to read more like it, be sure to check this page again in a couple weeks when our next blog post goes live. If you want to be among the first to know about events, promotions and giveaways happening at 98 Apartments, follow us on social media. There’s no better way to stay up to date with everything going on at the community of apartments Owasso residents prefer.