Oklahoma Tartan Story
The Meaning of
Many Oklahoma counties, towns, streets, lakes and other
landmarks carry the names of the pioneers, many of them Scottish, who
made the journey here not so many years ago. Oklahoma became a state on
November 16, 1907, number forty-six to join the union of States. Its
motto, Labor Omnia Vincit (Labor Conquers All Things), reflected the
philosophy of the people who settled and made it their home. The colors
of the tartan – red, white, black and gold—are representative of the
diverse population of the state; Native, European, African and Asian
Americans, and who can claim more blue skies or lakes than that right
here in our State? The blue of the tartan represents these natural
assets of Oklahoma, as well as the blue of the State flag.
Oklahoma boasts many
fine colleges and universities, dating from long before it became a
state. Northeastern State College, the oldest of its accredited
colleges and universities, was founded at Tahlequah, OK in 1846. The
University of Oklahoma1, made popular over the years by its
outstanding football program, was founded in 1890 by an act of
territorial legislature and opened to students in 1892. Today, it is
recognized all over the world as a leading university in fields of arts,
sciences, medicine and law. As the largest university in the State,
its red and white school colors are here in the tartan representing the
State’s public educational institutions.
Oklahoma is a major fuel
and food producing state in the Southwest United States. Mining,
agriculture and manufacturing are the principle industries in Oklahoma.
Oil, coal, wheat and cattle are among the chief products from the
State. No other capitol city has oil wells on the capitol building
lawn. The black oil and coal within the boundaries of the state have
been leading products for more years than its statehood. Clay is
another popular product of the State’s mining industry. Oklahoma is
noted for its red clay, the Native American (Indian) people recognizing
it annually with a celebration called “Red Earth,” another
representation of the red in the tartan. Two of the more popular
varieties of beef cattle in Oklahoma are the red and white Hereford,
originally developed in Hereford, England and the black Aberdeen-Angus
developed in the Highlands of Scotland. Then there are the vast plains
of golden grains produced all across the state, wheat being the most
Oklahoma is a great
state and we feel that it is very appropriate that a tartan representing
its rich heritage be made available to those who love it.
Murray, FSA Scot.
The first president of
Oklahoma University was David Ross Boyd. The names Ross and Boyd are
names of two Scottish Clans.
Oklahoma Tartan was designed by Jerrel Murray and was certified by the
Scottish Tartan Society in 1998.
borders and background of this website is the Oklahoma Tartan.
In the photos below, Jerrel Murray and
our current Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin are wearing the Oklahoma
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