Oklahoma is home to the oldest continuously operated restaurant in the state. The Cattlemen's Steakhouse in Oklahoma City has been serving customers since 1910 and is known for its delicious steaks and western decor.

Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, located in the north-central part of the state, has a rich and diverse history. The area was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Osage and Kaw, who thrived in the region for centuries. In the 1800s, European settlers began arriving, drawn by the promise of land and fertile soil.

Alfalfa County was officially established in 1907, just a year after Oklahoma became a state. The county was named after the perennial forage crop, alfalfa, which is widely grown in the area. Agriculture quickly became the backbone of the county's economy, with farmers using the fertile soil to grow crops such as wheat, corn, and cotton.

One significant event in Alfalfa County's history was the discovery of oil in the early 1900s. Oil wells were drilled, leading to a boom in the county's economy and population. The oil industry brought prosperity and development to the area, with the town of Carmen becoming a major oil hub.

However, like many other regions, Alfalfa County also faced challenges during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The economy suffered, and many farmers were forced to abandon their land. The Dust Bowl further exacerbated the situation, with severe droughts and dust storms devastating the agricultural sector.

Despite these challenges, Alfalfa County has persevered and continues to thrive. Today, the county remains primarily agricultural, with a focus on crop production and livestock farming. Many historic sites, such as the Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva, preserve the county's rich history for future generations to appreciate.

  • 1907 - Alfalfa County is established, named after the crop grown in the area.
  • 1899 - The town of Cherokee is established as the county seat.
  • 1904 - The railroad reaches Alfalfa County, sparking growth and development.
  • 1920s - The Great Depression hits Alfalfa County, leading to a decline in population and economic hardships.
  • 1933 - The Dust Bowl affects Alfalfa County, causing severe drought and agricultural devastation.
  • 1940s - Alfalfa County sees a rebound in population and agriculture due to World War II demand.
  • 1950s - Oil and gas production becomes a significant industry in Alfalfa County.
  • 1960s-1970s - Tornadoes strike the area, causing damage and loss of life.
  • 2008 - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 hits Alfalfa County, causing minor damage.