|This 1895 Atlas map depicts Oklahoma Territory in pink and Indian Territory in yellow
|The abandoned Altus railroad depot (with Thurber
|An overgrown remnant of the Old Military Road
through Boggy Depot, Shawnee Cattle Drive stop
and Civil War ghost town
|The backside of downtown Idabel
|The busy train station at Davis, with modern
elevators in the background, indicates the hold
railroads still have over the state.
|Oil became a booming business for Oklahoma after
statehood. For the most part, Native American tribes
were paid for the oil. But all lost substantial amounts
of their lands. The Osage oil fields north of
Oklahoma City were so rich that unscrupulous men
married Osage women, then murdered them, to
obtain their oil leases.
|A Brief History on Names
|Trail blazer Black Beaver assisted Creeks and
Wichitas during the Civil War. Portions of the road
he forged would later become the route for the
Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kansas.
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