Fast Facts

You may register for the SoonerSafe - Safe Room Rebate Program online at Registering ensures you will be considered for the program, but does not guarantee that you will receive a rebate.  A maximum rebate of $2,000 is available per home, not to exceed 75 percent of the actual cost of the safe room.

Source: SoonerSafe web site.


The Oklahoma GED Administration and Adult Education and Family Literacy Programs have transferred to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.  Information regarding these programs may be found by calling 405-377-2000 (Ask for Lifelong Learning).

 GED Testing/Diploma- Oklahoma Dept. of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE)

ODCTE Switchboard

  • 405-377-2000 or Toll Free:  800-522-5810

ODCTE contact information

  • ODCTE will continue with the name “Lifelong Learning” so ask for this when you call.  This includes the AEFLA Grant and GED Testing contacts.

ODCTE Switchboard

  • 405-377-2000  (Ask for Lifelong Learning)
  • Adult Basic Education Division
    1500 West Seventh Ave. Stillwater, OK 74074-4398
  • Toll Free Number:  800-522-5810  This number is not changing.  It will be transferred to ODCTE.

To get a copy of your GED contact or order online:

View your scores and order your diploma or transcript at, or by phone (855) 313-5799.


Metz was the original name of the town of Nowata. It was named after its first postmaster, Fred Metzner. On November 8, 1889, the name of Metz was changed to Nowata. This is from the Delaware word "no-we-ata" meaning welcome.

Source: Oklahoma Place Names, pages 159 and 173. 

According to the Sand Springs Museum staff, the word Sandite was a word that came from the local schools describing the people living in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Source: Sand Springs Museum Staff 

Several years ago, the Tulsa City County Library donated their Sanborn Maps to the Tulsa Historical Society. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the city of Tulsa can be viewed at THS. Contact the Tulsa Historical Society at: 2445 S. Peoria, Tulsa OK 74114. Phone: (918)712-9484.
The Tulsa City County Library does have access to digital Sanborn Maps (1867-1970). These are available from home and all TCCL libraries with a valid library card.

Source: Tulsa City County Library Staff.  

The Tallgrass Prairie originally covered portions of 14 states and 142 million acres, and was one of North America's largest ecosystems. It exists now only in the Flint Hills of Oklahoma and Kansas. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve was purchased in 1989 by the Nature Conservancy and consists of the 30,000 acre Barnard Ranch, and approximately 9,000 more acres.
From Tulsa, take Highway 11 North to Pawhuska. The Preserve is just north and west of Pawhuska. Once in Pawhuska, just follow the signs through town where the scenic tour drive actually begins. The drive is approximately 35 miles and lasts about two hours through the preserve.

Source: The Nature Conservancy website. 

Oklahoma Geological Survey Observatory, Number One Observatory Lane, POB 8, Leonard, OK 74043.
Phone: (918) 366-4152
Toll-Free: (800) 330-3996
Fax: (918) 366-4156
Website includes Oklahoma earthquake maps, catalogs, seismograms and spectrograms, a catalog of worldwide nuclear tests, a form to use to report an earthquake in Oklahoma or surrounding states, and links to seismic sites.
Tours (about 90 minutes + travel time to Leonard) are available for schools and other groups. Reservations required by phone or e-mail.

Source: Oklahoma Geological Survey at Leonard.

The 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe was buried on June 15, 1957 during Tulsarama!, a celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood. Some items buried with the gold and white car included: a 5 gallon can of gasoline, a jar of Oklahoma crude oil, fourteen bobby pins, a ladies compact plastic rain cap, several combs, a tube of lipstick, a pack of gum, facial tissues, 2.73 in bills and coins, a pack of cigarettes with a book of matches, an unpaid parking ticket, and a bottle of tranquilizers (items that may have been found in a woman's purse in 1957.) The car was located about 150 feet north of Sixth Street along Denver Avenue.

The car was unearthed on June 15, 2007, for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Oklahoma, at Denver and 6th. The vault was compromised, and the car had extensive water damage; but the time capsule remained in tact. The winner of the car was Raymond E. Humbertson of Cumberland, MD (1921-1979) with the guess of 384,743 as the population of Tulsa in 2007. His guess was only off by 2,386 with the actual population being 382,457. In addition to the car, his heirs also received a savings account worth a little more than $700.
More information is available in the vertical file at the Central Library Research Center.

Sources: Tulsa Tribune, 6/05/67. Tulsa World, 6/15/97. Tulsa World, June 15, 2012, page A1.  Tulsa World, June 23, 2007, page A1.

In celebration of Tulsa's Centennial 1998 (Tulsa was incorporated on January 18, 1898), a time capsule was buried on January 17, 1998 in Centennial Park, located at 1028 E. Sixth Street (Sixth and Peoria). Stored in a vault above the ground, the purple, Chrysler Prowler was enclosed in a seamless plastic "box," specially made manufactured here in Tulsa for the time capsule. Officials drained the oil and other fluids, replacing them with synthetics that won't degrade, officials said. And the vault itself was filled with an inert gas to keep the exterior in good shape. This capsule is to remain buried for 50 years and will be dug up again sometime in 2048.
Various items were placed in this time capsule by the Rotary Club. These keepsakes included items such as: a teddy bear, a pair of in-line skates, an envelope with four crisp $50 bills, a cellular phone, a postal uniform, a business card from an Arabian horse dealer, a family photo album, a case of Weber's Root Beer, the face plate from an ATM, and a large collection of Beanie Babies.

Sources: Tulsa World, June 16, 2007, p. A8; Tulsa World, March 9, 2003, p. A15; Tulsa World, August 22, 1997, p. A13; Tulsa World, January 16, 1998, p.15; and Tulsa World, January 17, 1998, p. 20. 

The James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium, featuring a 50-foot dome, state of the art surround system, ultra-high resolution digital video projectors and seats 110 people, is located just north of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. Their telephone number is: (918)834-9900.

Source: Tulsa World, 4/23/06; p. E1.