Get this "Sooner State" Souvenir to Give as a Gift
This Worldwide fridge magnet depicts the official state flag of Oklahoma, nicknamed the Sooner State. You can add to your state flag fridge magnet collection or buy a few as gifts for friends and family with this little souvenir from Oklahoma.
You may be wondering how Oklahoma got the nickname the "Sooner State." Back in the days before Oklahoma was a state and was part of the Indian Territory, the area was officially opened up to pioneers who wanted to settle on their own little portion of land. Ownership of parcels of land was granted through a "land-race" in 1889, when thousands of eager settlers lined up along the border. They waited for a signal to race toward the section of land they wanted and then planted a flag with their name on it to stake their claim.
"Sooners" were the cheaters who snuck into the territory before the day of the race and claimed their parcel of land before they were officially allowed to settle. They went in "sooner" than allowed.
The Oklahoma State Flag Symbolism
The sixty Native American tribes who have lived in Oklahoma are represented on the state flag, starting with the blue background color. Although many American state flags have a blue background, Oklahoma's flag has a sky blue colored field that is meant to honor the blue flag that the Chocktaw Indian warriors carried during the American Civil War.
In the center of the flag is the buffalo hide shield of an Osage Indian warrior decorated with seven eagle feathers and six painted crosses. (The crosses were Indian emblems for stars and stood for high ideals.) Crossed in front of the shield are two different items that represent a gesture of peace for the two different cultures that settled Oklahoma. The olive branch is a European-American symbol of peace, and the Indian's often smoked a peace pipe, or a calumet, as a ceremonial agreement of a peace treaty.