Baja Oklahoma (1955)

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Any of you Texans out there heard of "Baja Oklahoma"? (Not in HDAS.) Rio  
Grande roulette?
Baja Oklahoma
"Baja Oklahoma” (lower Oklahoma) is an Oklahoma nickname for the state of  
Texas. The term is similar to Baja California. “Baja Oklahoma” is a gentle  
insult and is not normally used by Texans, although it was the title of a Dan  
Jenkins novel and film (1988). 

_Wikipedia: Baja  California_ (  
Baja California (literally “lower California” in  Spanish) is the 
northernmost state of Mexico. It is considered territory of  Northern America. It is 
sometimes informally referred to as Baja California  Norte, to distinguish it 
from both the Baja California peninsula, of which  it forms the northern half, 
and Baja California Sur, the adjacent state that  covers the southern half of 
the peninsula. Before becoming a state in 1953, the  area was known as the North 
Territory of Baja California. It has an area of  71,576 km² (about 27,600 
mi², or 3.57% of the land mass of Mexico. The state is  bordered on the west by 
the Pacific Ocean, on the east by Sonora, the U.S. State  of Arizona, and the 
Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California, and on the south by  Baja California Sur. 
Its northern limit is the U.S.-Mexico border, adjacent to  the U.S. state of 

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Plot  summary for 
Baja Oklahoma (1988) (TV) 
Dan Jenkins co-wrote  the screenplay based on his novel of the same name 
about Juanita, a barmaid in  Ft. Worth, Texas, who wants to be a country-western 

16  December 1955, Long Beach (CA) , pg. 2, col. 1: 
A  red-haired congressman from Baja Oklahoma—sometimes known as Texas—was 
about  ready Thursday to challenge Sen. Arthur V. Watkins (R-Utah) to a game of 
Rio  Grande roulette—Colt .45 Peacemakers at six paces. 

20 September 1956,  Oakland (CA) Tribune, “Sooners ‘Raid’ Texas Schools,” 
pg. 38, col. 1:  
When it comes to football the new name for the great state of Texas is Baja  

14 December 1958, Long Beach (CA)  Independent-Press-Telegram, pg. B12: 
The real lift to the morale of  the citizens of the former Lone Star State 
(if subdivided—ed.) would come from a  more equitable distribution of the 
inferior weather, which has been pretty well  monopolized by that section popularly 
known as “Baja Oklahoma.” 

4  January 1960, Pasadena (CA) Star-News, comics: 

21 October 1972, Dallas  Morning News, Tolbert’s Texas by Frank X. Tolbert, 
section A, pg. 23:  
“We’ll make Texas a kind of sub-state or junior province,” said my Okie  
friend, “and we’ll call it Baja Oklahoma.” 

13 January 1974, Cedar Rapids  (Iowa) Gazette, pg. D1, col. 1: 
This will be the first Super Bowl in  the state of Texas, and maybe that 
helps even the National Football league think  big. We’ve been needling our Texas 
hosts a bit. You know, calling Texas “Baja  Oklahoma” and suggesting that old 
gag that there wouldn’t even be a Texas if  there had been a back door at the 

30 March 1979, Placerville (CA)  Mountain Democrat, pg. A5, col. 1: 
Sheriff run ‘em outta Arkansas in  the 1800s; and, the Rangers run ‘em outta 
Baja Oklahoma (that there’s North  Texas) long about the turn of the century. 

12 April 1991, Placerville  (CA) Mountain Democrat, pg. A13, col. 1: 
It runs from the outskirts  of Oklahoma City to the border of Baja, Oklahoma 
(as Oklahomans call Texas). 

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