Press: New Forums Press (December 29, 2009)
Author Name:Etter, Jim Marion
There is probably not an Oklahoman or a visitor to Oklahoma who hasn't wondered about the meaning or origin of the names of many of the cities and towns and other landmarks.
Those names mirror the 46th state's diverse culture and unique history.
They sing with the beauty of American Indian languages, reflect the hope or earthy humor of early settlers, or ring with the energy of entrepreneurs.
In some instances, the record documenting the birth of an Oklahoma place name no longer exists - if it ever did.
In others, the "official" version varies from local legend - or is greatly enlivened by it! Respected Oklahoma author Jim Etter examines both history and folklore - and that intriguing blend of both - in this work that results from his years as a journalist whose work has taken him to hundreds of Oklahoma communities where he talked with - and listened to - thousands of Oklahomans.
The result is a book that is both informative and entertaining and quintessentially Oklahoman - part fact, part fiction and bigger and better than either.
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