The history of my state of Oklahoma offers a great example of pursuing the American Dream. It
was built and settled by pioneers moving West to seek better lives.
During the great Land Run of 1889, thousands of families rushed to put a stake down on empty
plots of land.
They built tent cities overnight, they farmed the land, and they worked hard.
And in 1897, eight years after the Land Run, a handful of adventurous pioneers risked their own
money – not, the federal government’s money – to drill Oklahoma’s first oil well, the Nellie
By doing so, these early-day pioneers changed the future and the fortune of Oklahoma forever,
and today Oklahoma is one of the nation’s key energy producers and job creators.