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The Oklahoma State Motto
The Oklahoma State motto was adopted in 1907 is expressed in Latin as "Labor omnia vincit" which means:

"Hard work
conquers all things"

The Meaning of the Oklahoma State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects hard work and prosperity. The motto was inspired by a book by Virgil called 'Geogics' which was written in support of Augustus Caesar's "Back to the land" policy which was aimed at encouraging more Romans to become farmers. Whether tradesmen, cowboys or farmers the sentiments apply to all those who wish to be successful and to prosper.

"Hard work conquers all things"



The Oklahoma State Nickname
The Oklahoma Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular Oklahoma nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the state. The names used as nicknames are:

Oklahoma State Nickname List
Official Nickname: Cowboy Country
Boomer's Paradise
Sooner State
Panhandle State

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The Origin and Meaning of the Oklahoma Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from Oklahoma, are referred to as Oklahomans, Oklahomians or as Sooners. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The Cowboy Country
The official nickname of the Cowboy Country is a tribute the greatest folk hero in American history - the Cowboy. Oklahoma lay between the massive cattle ranges of Texas and the cattle towns of Kansas and Nebraska. Cattle drives crossed the territory via the major cattle trails of the Old West -  the Chisholm Trail and the Western Trail.

The Sooner State
A 'Sooner' was the nickname given to  a person who made claim to land before the area was officially declared 'open' to settlers. The Indian Appropriations Act 1889 contained the "sooner clause" designating the appropriate date for the land races to begin.

The Boomer's Paradise
The Boomer's Paradise is another reference to the people who claimed land in the territory.

The Panhandle State
The Oklahoma Panhandle is the extreme western region of territory that comprises of Cimarron County, Texas County, and Beaver County. The name 'Panhandle' comes from the similarity of shape to the handle of a cooking pan. The Panhandle was the part of Oklahoma that was most adversely impacted by the terrible drought of the 1930s that created massive dust storms and led to the term the 'Dust Bowl'.


The Constitution of Oklahoma
The constitution of Oklahoma establishes the basic rights of its citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:

"Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty; to secure just and rightful government; to promote our mutual welfare and happiness, we, the people of the State of Oklahoma, do ordain and establish this Constitution."

Preamble of the Constitution of Oklahoma


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