The Oklahoma Panhandle

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The Panhandle is Oklahoma's best-kept secret and possesses a unique landscape, the highest point in Oklahoma. It bears a fascinating history and tenacious residents, from Folsom Man to contemporary cowboys. The Panhandle even once tried to become its own US territory. With photographs of the "Land That Time Forgot," readers will discover tales of outlaws, college students, settlers, ranchers, native peoples, dust storms, immigrants, ghost towns, cattle, dinosaurs, lawmen, soldiers, and traders. The Panhandle has never been a mecca for settlement, but through the years, many heading for better days and other destinations have traveled across it. Mother Nature makes Panhandle residents work for their survival even today. She isn't too free with her moisture but does like to hear the wind blow and see snow on the ground. "Panhandlers" pride themselves on their independence, resiliency, and friendliness. Once folks move in and get comfortable, they won't be leaving soon.
ISBN: 9780738582955
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oklahoma
Series: Images of America
Images: 207
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Sara Jane Richter, PhD, has lived in the Oklahoma Panhandle and taught at Oklahoma Panhandle State University since 1985. Realizing that the Panhandle had a bad reputation in what Panhandlers call “downstate Oklahoma,” she has sought to rectify that situation with this publication.
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