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A Brief Look at the History of Oklahoma City OK

Oklahoma City is a beautiful place to be; full of attractions and a very intriguing history. It is the capital city of Oklahoma State, aside from being its largest city. It has a strong political and economic history that dates back to the 19th century when it was established. Since then, it has rapidly developed to be the beautiful city that it is today.

Brief history

The state of Oklahoma was acquired during the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.  The city was first inhabited on April 1889 during the land run. There were many land runs between 1889 and 1895, but the first is the most noteworthy. Some people, “sooners”, snuck in to lay claim to land in some of the best spots. Hence the nickname of the state. Before then the now Oklahoma State was referred to as “the unassigned lands” which was in Indian Territory and had not yet been assigned. During the land run, ten thousand people inhabited what was to later be referred to as Oklahoma City.

Many people fought and died during the land but in the end, order was achieved and maintained by Federal Officers. The population of the city grew rapidly within a decade and in 1990, it had more than doubled.

Birth of the state and its capital

The state was officially made part of the United States on November 16th 1907. The city continued to grow in leaps and bounds and its population of over 60000 people in 1910 made people feel that it should be the capital of the state.

A petition was summoned and supported. On June 10th 1910, it was made the state capitol, with Lee-Huckins hotel being used as the temporary capitol building for a couple of years. In 1917, the permanent capitol building was built.
By 1911 march, the population had reached 64000, a 500% upsurge since 1890.

Discovering of oil

On the 4th of December 1928, oil was discovered in the city and drilling commenced. This brought exponential growth in the population, as well as the economy of the state as well as the city. The city grew fast, expanding and adding commercial areas.

Decline of the city

In the 1960s, the population of the city had grown to more than 320000 people, and covered an area of over 600 square miles.
This had a downside; the city began to decline. This was partly because of the large population and the fact that the oil wells had dried up. Most people started migration to the suburban areas. There were a lot of attempts at recovering the city, which mostly failed until the early 1990s.

MAPs initiative

Metropolitan Area Projects were proposed in 1992 by Mayor Ron Norrick. Even though there was a lot of skepticism, it was passed. And that was the rebirth of the city. Downtown, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, and Automobile Alley all sprung up and blossomed.


The city is more than resilient. It has grown to be one of the largest metropolitan cities and it is still alive with development and optimism.

Things to Do

Oklahoma City has a rich cowboy tradition. You can see this on display in places like the Cowboy museum and Frontier City Theme Park.

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