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Legacy of Work Projects Administration may be most visible in Oklahoma


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Mike Coppock
With President Barack Obama talking public work projects as a means of handling the current recession, the impact government spending had on the Great Depression during Franklin Roosevelt's New ...
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oklahoma City wasn't always married to the car


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Mike Coppock
Dr. George Cross, president of the University of Oklahoma, began writing a heartfelt letter to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission at his desk. It was the summer of 1946 and the new owners of the Okla...
 
Thursday, November 13, 2008

Murders linked Osage Nation, FBI in the Twenties


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Mike Coppock
At 3 in the morning, an explosion rocked the small town of Fairfax in Osage County. Nitroglycerine had been used to blow up the Smith home, killing Osage tribal member Rita Smith and her white servant...
 
Thursday, June 19, 2008

Waynoka was 'hot' layover in early 1900s, thanks to Lindbergh


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Mike Coppock
For 18 months beginning in 1929, Waynoka was the center of one of the most ambitious transportation endeavors the nation had ever witnessed. America's fair-haired boy, Charles Lindbergh, had been th...
 
Thursday, December 6, 2007

Hunt for yeti part of Oklahoma oilman's legacy


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Mike Coppock
Oklahoma oilman Tom Slick Jr. used his family fortune hunting the Loch Ness monster, bigfoot, yeti and so on throughout the Fifties. As Loren Coleman underscored in his 1989 book, "Tom Slick and th...
 
Thursday, December 6, 2007

Seminole leader advocated independent nation in 1800s


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Mike Coppock
Wewoka was the location for a series of secret conferences within the Seminole Nation during the summer of 1846. The attendees did not dare let their hosts, the Creeks, learn of what they were discuss...
 
Thursday, September 6, 2007

Gov. Murray once tried to colonize Bolivia, and failed


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Mike Coppock
Former Oklahoma Gov. William H. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray once led an army of Oklahoma families into Bolivia in the Twenties in order to set up a series of colonies. In 1922, he obtained ...
 
Thursday, August 2, 2007

Gov. Murray once tried to colonize Bolivia, and failed


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Mike Coppock
Former Oklahoma Gov. William H. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray once led an army of Oklahoma families into Bolivia in the Twenties in order to set up a series of colonies. In 1922, he obtained a land g...
 
Thursday, August 2, 2007

Fifties Okarche bank robbers escaped via plane


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Mike Coppock
On April 4, 1950, a part-time Enid welder carried out a bank robbery using a stolen airplane for his getaway. The target: the Bank of Okarche. For James Robison, 29, money was growing...
 
Thursday, August 2, 2007

Treasure of gold may be buried near Cherokee


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Mike Coppock
Under the dam forming the Great Salt Plains Lake near Cherokee may be 1,400 pounds of gold bullion. In 1854, miners were returning from the California Gold Rush when they saw hostile American...
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Cessna aircraft company has roots in flyswatter salesman


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Mike Coppock
A brief partnership between a 70-year-old Waynoka flyswatter inventor and an Enid garage mechanic resulted in the creation of the multimillion-dollar Cessna Aircraft Co. empire, according to The...
 
Thursday, June 7, 2007

Sixty years after Woodward tornado, girl's kidnapping unsolved


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Mike Coppock
On April 9, 1947, Oklahoma experienced the deadliest tornado in state history, resulting in a mystery around a 4-year-old girl that remains unsolved.   A two-mile-wide cyclone left 107 d...
 
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Oklahoma athletic legend's widow sold burial rights to Pennsylvania town


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Mike Coppock
When Oklahoman and American Indian sports hero Jim Thorpe passed away in 1953, the governor of Oklahoma refused to build him a $25,000 memorial. His remains are now in a distant Pennsylv...
 
Thursday, March 8, 2007
 
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