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OK Native America / Tulsa, Oklahoma: Oil Capital of the World

A film produced in 1995 by the Oklahoma Heritage Association, it traces the terrain, the history and human spirit that define Oklahoma. It is a celebration of the land and its people -- following the forces that shaped Oklahoma's state character from red earth and raw ambition. The film documents the experiences of Oklahomans from every part of the state, and every walk of life.

Also part of the project is a narrative on Tulsa: Oil Capital of the World. The first oil was struck in Tulsa in 1901, followed by an unprecedented boom in the building of houses and businesses. It was during this period that Tulsa became known as the "Oil Capital of the World." By 1907, Oklahoma had received statehood, and the population had surged -- from 200 in 1882 to 72,000 in 1920.

Originally submitted by: Steve Largent, Representative (1st District).

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