Oklahoma achieved statehood today, in 1907. It has a rich and complex history, starting with the Native People and followed by homesteaders, trying to make a living on the prairie.

In the 1930s, following years of drought, the land gave out, ruining the hopes of decent crops. Erosion and wind created the Dust Bowl. There followed very hard times indeed.

But Oklahomans are rugged. They carved out a healthy living over time, helped in part by the discovery of oil. Rhinos everywhere salute their determination.

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