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Oklahoma City History

  • April 22, 1889 Land Run settles the Village of Oklahoma
  • July 15, 1890 The City of Oklahoma City is incorporated, 400 acres of land and 5,000 citizens
  • Ordinance #1 was passed July 22, 1890, dividing the city into four wards
  • 1909 City Council signed a contract with Morris & Co. meat packers, establishing what is now the Stockyards
  • June 10, 1910 Oklahoma City becomes the state capitol of Oklahoma 
  • March 9, 1911 The population of Oklahoma City reaches 64,000 people, an increase of 500% since 1890 
  • December 4, 1928 oil is discovered within the City limits and drilling begins 
  • March 1937 The municipal complex is open for business, includes City Hall, Oklahoma County Courthouse, the Municipal Auditorium (The Civic Center), and the City Jail
  • 1965 The City of Oklahoma City grows to include over 600 square miles, population 324,000 
  • April 13, 1971 Patience Latting was sworn in as the first female Mayor of Oklahoma City
  • November 5, 1972 Myriad Convention Center grand opening
  • 1998 the Oklahoma City 89ers move to the Chickasaw Ballpark and change their name to the RedHawks
  • March 25, 1988 Myriad Botanical Gardens grand opening 
  • 1993 the original MAPS bond issue was approved by voters, beginning two decades of development 
  • 2002 The Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center grand opening
  • August 2004 the final MAPS project is completed as the new downtown library opens its doors bearing the name of "the Father of MAPS" former Mayor Ron Norick
  • 2008 The Oklahoma City Thunder play their first NBA season
  • 2014 The City of Oklahoma City celebrates 125 years of progress!