ONCE, THEY WERE places of refuge and community for people who had been enslaved in Indian Territory and other parts of the South. After the Civil War, African Americans created more than fifty settlements in what would become the state of Oklahoma. Some of these towns had short lives, while others flourished, providing self-governance and an escape from the discrimination some residents experienced in other communities as well as an atmosphere of racial solidarity.
Because of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the economies of these small farming communities declined, and most could not survive. Thirteen persisted, however, and still exist as incorporated towns: Langston, Red Bird, Tullahassee, Taft, Summit, Rentiesville, Grayson, Boley, Clearview, Vernon, Lima, Brooksville, and Tatums. A fourteenth, IXL, was added to the list when it was incorporated in 2001.
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The Owasso Historical Museum documents the hometown pride of its citizens.
This Oklahoma venue provides a space for those who have a need for speed.
ROAD Less traveled
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Mutually Assured Deliciousness
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THE High GROUND
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This downtown Tulsa tiki bar stuns the senses and excites the palate.
Foggy Bottom Kitchen’s down-home cuisine is giving Oklahomans yet another reason to get out and enjoy their state parks.
Radio Free Tulsa
Live from Cain’s brings Oklahoma music history to the airwaves.
Highway to History
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ADVENTURE BLACK BOOK
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The Starting Gate
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Never a quiet time for WFT
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Saved family letters tell of war horrors, peacetime hopes and dreams
Loving letters from long ago
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Smith is ‘feeling more comfortable'
Starting quarterback Alex Smith when many second-guessed if the passer was even physically able to play over a younger quarterback that could be developed wasn’t a lucky guess by coach Ron Rivera.
It has been a magical ride
FROM WHERE I’M SITTING
Rivera picks the wrong passer
RIDING THE PINE Dwayne Haskins probably deserved to be benched, but with him sitting games out, the Washington Football team won't know if he learned anything.