Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City, a large metropolitan hub located centrally in the state, is Oklahoma’s county seat. It is a sizeable area with a plentitude of different cultures making up its diverse population. There is much to see and do in Oklahoma City, where hip meets old fashioned, vibrant meets subdued, inner city meets suburbs, old western meets world culture. Events and activities to suit every taste and age take place in Oklahoma City year round, creating an incredibly interesting backdrop to every day life.
In 1889, some 2 million acres were made available for public settlement by the United States Government, in accordance with the Indian Appropriations Bill. Settlers were invited to claim lots ranging in size up to 160 acres. If the settler lived on and improved the land, he could receive the deed to the property and become the rightful owner. At noon on April 22, approximately 50,000 people raced to secure their stake. By the end of the day, the population of Oklahoma City had rocketed to 10,000. Immediately, streets and land lots began to be plotted, and the new residents began improving their land and establishing their homesteads. Within a month schools were opened, banks were founded and newspapers started operation.
In May of 1890 the Oklahoma Territory was created. Included within the territory was the city of Guthrie, which had been established on the same day and in the same way that Oklahoma City was. Guthrie was assigned as the capital of the territory.
Long before the Oklahoma Territory was actualized, oil seeps had been noticed in the region. These were known to Native Americans as “medicine springs,” as they used the oil medicinally for themselves and their animals. In 1897 the first oil well was drilled in Oklahoma. After the turn of the century, oil production began to rapidly increase, which served as a major part of the reasoning behind Oklahoma’s admittance to the Union in 1907. Soon after Oklahoma gained statehood, the capital was moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City, which had outgrown Guthrie. Oklahoma City continued to improve commercially, and in the early 1900s it became a major stop along Route 66, the legendary road linking Chicago to Los Angeles.
Stockyards began springing up and the city saw an immense surge of industry. Continued growth was encouraged by the formulation of the Interstate highway system, leading to Oklahoma City’s current easy accessibility to and from locations throughout the United States.
Activities and Attractions
With an average yearly temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s no wonder that Oklahoma City is such a dynamic center of activity for the young and the young-at-heart. Whether you’re into surveying art from the 1700s, spending a day of discovery at a science museum, or tiptoeing through the tulips (or near the palm trees) at a magnificent botanical garden, you can find it going on right here in the heart of the city! Or treat the family to a day at Frontier City, Oklahoma City’s very own amusement park! The attractions in Oklahoma City are incredibly numerous, and your choices never-ending! Click on this link for a detailed listing of just some of the fun to be had in and around town…http://www.visitokc.com/index.php?src=
Parks and Recreation
Oklahoma City abounds with parks of many shapes and sizes. We’ve outlined a handful of them below. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.okc.gov/parks/.
Martin Park Nature Center ~ Natural habitat to a plethora of wildlife, this nature center offers over three miles of hiking trails. Is it raining? Take the party indoors and explore Education Center. http://www.okc.gov/parks/martin_park/index.html
South Lakes Regional Park ~ Picnic areas, playground, walking trails, athletic fields, lakes for fishing…it’s all here for your enjoyment.
There are so many upcoming events in Oklahoma City, we don’t have room to list them all. Take a look at the few we’ve outlined below, but for a comprehensive listing, simply visit Oklahoma City Events
Oklahoma City Museum of Art ~ Exhibitions, Films, Education! There is always an interesting exhibit to behold, a class to take, an interesting tidbit to learn. See what’s coming next… http://www.okcmoa.com/
Oklahoma City Redhawks ~ Take me out to the ballgame to enjoy a Redhawks game: Minor League Baseball at its finest!
Oklahoma State Fair ~ One of the biggest family events, hands down, takes place annually right here in Oklahoma City. See you at the Fair!