The city got its name from a kind of yellow grass that grows in the area. Earlier, the city used to be called Oneida.
Amarillo residents call it the Helium capital of the world because most of the world’s supply of this gas can be located within two hundred and fifty miles of this Texas City.
Amarillo is home to the largest canyon within the state of Texas. Palo Duro Canyon is second only to the Grand Canyon.
Amarillo has a long standing record of being America’s cattle shipping capital. This is partly due to the fact that there are some many large cattle ranches located in this area in the center of Texas.
One of the largest nuclear weapons assembly plants in the United States is located in this city.
The city and the surrounding landscape have been used as a filming location in many popular movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Amarillo has inspired many country singers to write and sing songs about the city.
When the cattle industry sued actress and television personality Oprah Winfrey the case took place in Amarillo.
Famous country singer Lacey Brown calls this city home.
Amarillo is home to the Big Texan steakhouse. The Big Texan serves a 72 ounce steak and they promise that anyone that can eat the dinner completely in less than one hour can have the dinner for free.
“OKLAHOMA” FROM THE MUSICAL OKLAHOMA
More Fun Facts about Oklahoma
I thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about our great state. Some of these I knew, but a lot of them I didn’t. I do know that there is nothing to be ashamed about when you say you are an Okie!
- The bread twist tie was invented in Maysville, OK.
- The shopping cart was invented in Ardmore in 1936.
- The nation’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935.
- The first Girl Scout Cookie was sold in Muskogee in 1917.
- Cimarron County, located in the Oklahoma Panhandle, is the only county in the U.S. bordered by 4 separate states — Texas, New Mexico, Colorado & Kansas . (I’ve actually stood on all those state lines!)
- The Oklahoma State Capital is the only capital in the U.S. with working oil wells on its grounds.
- Boise City , OK, was the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II. On Monday, July 5, 1943, at 12:30am., a B-17 Bomber based at Dalhart Army Air Base, Texas, dropped six practice bombs on the sleeping town, mistaking the city lights as target lights.
- WKY Radio in Oklahoma City was the first radio station transmitting west of the Mississippi River .
- The nation’s first “tornado warning” was issued March 25, 1948 in Oklahoma City minutes before a devastating tornado. Because of the warning, no lives were lost.
- Oklahoma has the largest Native American population of any state in the U.S.
- The name ‘ Oklahoma ‘ comes from two Choctaw words — okla meaning “people” and homa meaning “red.” So the name means, “Red People.” The name was approved in 1890.
- Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state.
- Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state.
- During the “Land Rush,” Oklahoma City and Guthrie went from vast, open prairie to cities of over 10,000 in a single day.
- The nation’s first “Yield” traffic sign was erected in Tulsa on a trial basis.
- The Pensacola Dam on Grand Lake is the longest multi-arched dam in the world at 6,565 feet.
- The Port of Catoosa (just north of Tulsa ) is the largest inland port in America.
- The aerosol can was invented in Bartlesville.
- Per square mile, Oklahoma has more tornadoes than any other place in the world.
- The highest wind speed ever recorded on earth was in Moore Okla. , on May 3, 1999 during the Oklahoma City F-5 tornado. Wind speed was clocked at 318 mph. (My husband almost lost his cousin and cousin’s two girls in this tornado.)
- The Will Rogers World Airport and the Wiley Post Airport are both named after two famous Oklahomans, both killed in the same airplane crash.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is the capital of the U.S. state of Oklahoma and its largest city. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 29th among United States cities in population. As of the 2012 census, the population was 599,199. In 2010 the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,252,987, and the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,322,249 residents, making it Oklahoma’s largest metropolitan area. Oklahoma City’s city limits extend into Canadian, Cleveland, and Pottawatomie counties, though much of those areas outside of the core Oklahoma County area are suburban or rural (watershed). The city ranks as the eighth-largest city in the United States by land area (including consolidated city-counties; it is the second-largest city in the United States by land area whose government is not consolidated with that of a county).
Oklahoma City features one of the largest livestock markets in the world. Oil, natural gas, petroleum products and related industries are the largest sector of the local economy. The city is situated in the middle of an active oil field and oil derricks dot the capitol grounds. The federal government employs large numbers of workers at Tinker Air Force Base and the United States Department of Transportation’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (these two sites house several offices of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Department’s Enterprise Service Center, respectively).