12 Amazing Oklahoma Secrets You Never Knew Existed
The Sooner State is full of history and with that comes secrets that have unraveled over time. From hidden places to little-known facts, here are 12 amazing Oklahoma secrets you never knew existed:
Hidden passages below the city were filled with a rarely-seen Chinese community. Anti-Chinese sentiments drove the culture underground across the country, including Oklahoma City. During a flu epidemic during the 1920s, health inspectors stumbled across the Chinese underground. After their inspection, the inspectors were quoted as saying the nearly 200 residents were “in good health and surroundings and sanitary as all get out.” An entire network of tunnels downtown that link various buildings to each other still exist today.
The Bathtub Rocks are located in Proctor, OK within the 17,000 acre J.T Nickel Wildlife Preserve. The rocks here have been cut deep and smoothed over by the creek so much so that they form smooth pools and slides. One of the pools in particular is deep enough to jump into and become completely submerged. Some of the water pour-offs are so smooth, that you are able to slide down them.
Although still controversial, it is very probable that the Vikings erected the 12 ft. tall stone pillar at the Heavener Runestone. Its inscription dates back to AD 600-900, making it one of the oldest "old rocks" in America.
Some of the tunnels date back to before the 1940s. In 1936, an explosion from a leaking natural gas line in one of the tunnels rocked OSU’s campus.