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  • "When Texas sought to enter the Union in 1845 as a slave state, federal law in the United States based on the Missouri Compromise prohibited slavery North of 36°30' parallel north. Under the Compromise of 1850, Texas surrendered its lands north of 36°30' latitude. The 170-mile strip of land was thus left with no formal territorial ownership. It was officially called the 'Public Land Strip' and was more commonly referred to as 'No Man's Land.'"

    --From the Wikipedia page for "Oklahoma Panhandle"

    December 15, 2010