The Oklahoma Panhandle is rich in panhandle trivia. It’s about 150 miles wide and 50 miles tall and almost became a state in its own right.
It even boasts its own university–Oklahoma Panhandle University, no less, home of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggies.
While all that may not be hardcore panhandle trivia, some of the info listed here is. The Beaver State is Oregon, Boise is the capital of Idaho, and Canada is… well, Canada. But the Oklahoma Panhandle has a Beaver County, a Boise City, and a North Canadian River–quite a ways south of Canada! The Panhandle even has a Texas County. Rather appropriate given that Texas had to let go of what then became the Panhandle.
Here is some of the more unusual panhandle trivia:
- The town of Beaver located in Beaver County of the Oklahoma Panhandle is host of the annual World Cow Chip Throwing Championship.
- Boise City hosts a Post Hole Digging Contest during their annual Santa Fe Trail Daze.
- The old Beaver County encompassed the whole Panhandle from 1890 until statehood in 1907. Before 1890, it was originally called Seventh County, and before that, No Man’s Land.
- he American Western television series, Cimarron Strip, that aired from 1967 to 1968 was set in the late 1880s in the Cimarron Territory, which would become the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1890.
- A River With Four Names: The North Canadian River rises in New Mexico where it is known as Corrumpa Creek. From there, it flows eastwardly through Cimarron County where it is known as the Beaver River. It flows briefly through the Texas Panhandle, then back to the Oklahoma Panhandle in Texas County. A seven-mile portion of the river flowing through Oklahoma City was renamed the Oklahoma River in 2004.
- Oklahoma, by virtue of the Panhandle, borders four states: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.
- At 4,973 feet, the summit of Black Mesa is the highest point in the state of Oklahoma. It is located in the very northwestern tip of the Panhandle.
- And speaking of Black Mesa, it was once a hideout for outlaws–in a fort called Robbers Roost.
- A large quantity of dinosaur fossils and dinosaur bones have been discovered at Black Mesa.
- Boise City was accidentally bombed by a B-17 Flying Fortress during World War Two. Fifty years later, the crew of the bomber were invited back. All declined. Possibly out of embarrassment?