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Sooners = Name given to settlers who entered the Unassigned Lands in what is now the state of homa
before the official start of the Land Rush of 1889.
President Benjamin Harrison officially proclaimed the Unassigned Lands open to settlement on April 22, 1889.
In 1908, the University of Oklahoma adopted “Sooners” as the nickname of its football team, after having first tried “Rough Riders” and “Boomers”. Eventually, Oklahoma became known as “The Sooner State.”The school fight song is titled “Boomer Sooner.” The school “mascot” is a replica of a 19th-century covered wagon, called the “Sooner Schooner.”
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