The Sooner State

Oklahoma State Nickname


Oklahoma prairie

Oklahoma prairie (Washita Battlefield National Historic Site); photo by Jerry on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

The Sooner State

Oklahoma's nickname is The Sooner State. 

"On April 22, 1889 the unassigned lands of the Indian Territory (later called Oklahoma Territory) were opened to settlers. Thousands of people lined up on the border and, when the signal was given, they raced into the territory to claim their land. Some people went in early to stake claims. They became known as Sooners." (quote from



Oklahoma USA (public domain image).

Oklahoma USA