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View Poll Results: Is Oklahoma...
Southern 6 24.00%
Western 1 4.00%
Southwestern 4 16.00%
Midwestern 1 4.00%
A combo of 2 or more of these 8 32.00%
All of the above 5 20.00%
Voters: 25. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-05-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Deer Creek/Edmond, OKla
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The Old Man On The Mountain With His Hair Down To His Knees.
That sounds like Bigfoot... you know he visits SE Oklahoma on occasion don't ya? I won't what region he would say Oklahoma is in?
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:47 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Default Oh I know...the Kiamichi mountains!

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That sounds like Bigfoot... you know he visits SE Oklahoma on occasion don't ya? I won't what region he would say Oklahoma is in?
OklahomaBigfoot.org
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Although this subjuct has been discussed a lot it lends itself to the fact that Oklahoma is a diverse state in many ways.

Here is my take on it and I've been all over the state and lived in the extremes of the north (Ponca City, Enid), the east (Poteau) the west (Elk City, Clinton) and most of my years were spent in the OKC area.

1) Southeastern- easily the most southern oriented area.
2) Northeastern- southern with a touch of midwestern thrown in (Tulsa and Bartlesville mostly)
3) Southwestern- confluence of Texas style southern and Texas style southwestern
4) Northwestern- Not southern. Not southwestern. Very great plains like. Very much like Kansas but enough southwestern influence that you can tell the difference between say Alva Oklahoma and Hayes, Ks
5) The panhandle is influenced by both the Texas southwestern and high plains culture of Kansas, Colorado and the tip of the panhandle maybe a bit of mountain culture.

OKC is a hodge podge of all of these cultures. You can find elements of all of these cultures there or close to there. For instance, Okarche is very much like NW Oklahoma. German Lutheran and Catholic. Chickasha seems southern. The stockyards and the Cowboy hall of fame lend them selves to Oklahoma's southwestern heritage.

The Chisolm trail heritage which basically follows Highway 81 through Oklahoma is very southwestern/great plainsish as you go from south to north. The trail crosses at El Reno which is 25-30 miles west of OKC.

Tulsa, on the other hand was basically founded by eastern oil millionaires and has a legacy of that midwestern and eastern influence that is not evident in OKC. Highbrow culture runs deep in Tulsa.

I think it is much easier to say that the eastern half of Oklahoma is southern. The western half is great plains are with the south half being influnced by Texas southwestern cattle culture and the northwest by Kansas wheat culture.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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Can we start another poll on which is better, Tulsa or OKC?
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Awesome post eddie!

And NO redbird, even I know that horse has been beat to a bloody pulp!
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Awesome post eddie!
I am in Clinton right now and a woman I know from Woodward is here. She was born and raised there.

I asked her if she considered Woodward "southern". She looked at me sternly and said "absolutely not."
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Can we start another poll on which is better, Tulsa or OKC?


I vote yes and no for both!
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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Can we start another poll on which is better, Tulsa or OKC?
awesome idea.
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:37 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I am in Clinton right now and a woman I know from Woodward is here. She was born and raised there.

I asked her if she considered Woodward "southern". She looked at me sternly and said "absolutely not."
Lol. I had to look on Google maps to remind myself where that was! I imagine that side of the state has a different "vibe". My thoughts of OK immediately go to Tulsa and southeast OK, which, as previously mentioned many times, is culturally the most "southern" part of the state.

Just curious---did she sound midwestern, or does she have the Okie twang?
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Lol. I had to look on Google maps to remind myself where that was! I imagine that side of the state has a different "vibe". My thoughts of OK immediately go to Tulsa and southeast OK, which, as previously mentioned many times, is culturally the most "southern" part of the state.

Just curious---did she sound midwestern, or does she have the Okie twang?
She has a pretty neutral accent. I talked to another woman who grew up west of Laverne and she said she felt somewhat southern because the major media center for them was Amarillo.

I don't think of Amarillo as being strictly southern other than the fact that most of the rest of Texas is southern. I think of Amarillo as an amalgamation of southern, southwestern and great plains.

And as far as northwestern Oklahoma, I think it has some southern influence but I don't think it is the dominant culture there. To me, wheat and cattle are not "southern". Wheat is grown almost exclusively on the great plains. Most of the big cattle states are in this area with the exception of California and Texas and the part of Texas that has the cows is not in what I would consider the "southern" part of Texas
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