Oklahoma Originals: Early Heroes, Heroines, Villains and Vixens

Oklahoma Originals: Early Heroes, Heroines, Villains and Vixens

by Jonita Mullins


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Fascinating characters filled the history of the Twin Territories as it became the state of Oklahoma. For some, it represented the end of a hard trail, while others sought a new beginning in a land of opportunity. Whatever their reason for coming to this heartland of America, those early Oklahomans left an indelible mark on the landscapes and streetscapes of the state today. From explorers and settlers of the early nineteenth century to oil tycoons and social activists in the first years of the twentieth century, Oklahoma saw a wide variety of men and women march across the stage during its formation. Author Jonita Mullins presents more than eighty unique stories of doctors, lawyers and chiefs, with a few outlaws, cattlemen and beauty queens thrown in for good measure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467143523
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/22/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 252,658
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jonita Mullins grew up in the small town of Haskell, Oklahoma. A passionate preservationist who serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Historical Society, she contributes a weekly history column for the Muskogee Phoenix and is working with the Founders' Place Historical District to restore the home of Congresswoman Alice Robertson. Her other writing, including her award-winning book The Jefferson Highway in Oklahoma, can found on her website (okieheritage.com).

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 The Explorers 9

2 The Fur Traders 16

3 The Soldiers 23

4 The Missionaries 32

5 Law Enforcement 38

6 The Outlaws 46

7 The Chiefs 52

8 Some "Sheroes" 60

9 The Cattlemen 67

10 The Medical Pioneers 76

11 The Merchants 82

12 The Educators 91

13 The Journalists 99

14 The Town Builders 105

15 The Oilmen 112

16 The Queens and Princesses 117

17 The Entrepreneurs 126

18 The Politicians 132

19 The Social Activists 140

Selected Bibliography 147

Index 151

About the Author 157

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