Oklahoma City has an illustrious history of change over the years. In 1820 the United States government created a resettlement which created the early years of Oklahoma City. Settled by the pioneers of the time, here is the story.
Land Run Begins in Oklahoma
Squatters of a sort in OKC, the people of the area were pushing for land rights in the territory prior to the settlement of Oklahoma. Once established, the area was rushed with settlers trying to gain land rights. Many started as illegal squatters and then were granted the rights to the land. This time was between the years of 1889 and 1895. Now named Sooners, in 1889 the boundaries experienced their first settlement at the borders of the state.
At the time, the area was managed by the federal government for law and order. As the Wild West would lead one to imagine, it was a time of some struggle for the early settlers. Many people died due to the lack of organized law in the new city. By 1890 it was obvious a new system of law enforcement was required for the maintenance of peace.
Oklahoma City State Capital
It was around that same time that Oklahoma City was named the state capital. The date that it became an official State was on November 16th, of 1907. It was added as the 46th state to the union. These early times made the capital of the sooner state what it is today. Its roots are deep.
The oil business was the main enterprise that built the state into the booming economy that it offers today. Cattle also played a significant part in the growth of the state. The oil business was good to the Sooners and it soon became a bustling metropolis of commercial operations for many companies that are still in existence to this day.
University of Oklahoma
The state university was built and begun in 1908 as a way to educate the fine people of the booming state. The name Sooners is well known throughout the university circuit for sports. They are contenders today in almost every sport. The academic programs of the University of Oklahoma offer a fine education in one of many areas of study. The Sooner Schooners are rocking it to this day in sports and academics alike.
1960s to the Present
Around this time, OKC took a bit of a nosedive financially. The oil business had slowly died and it was obvious that a renewal project was sorely needed. Many have come and gone to help maintain the standard of excellence that the state and its capital have come to expect. Sales tax measures were used over the years to help alleviate lose of tax revenues.
Today, the downtown Bricktown area was created to continue to serve as historical perseverance and a way to support the local economy of Oklahoma City, OK. It has been an enormous success. Several of these types of programs have been added over the years to relieve the financial pressures of fluctuating economies. However, the Sooner sates has always thrived through it all.
The Really Dark Years of Oklahoma City
In 1995 the bombing that took place cast a shadow on the city. Tim McVeigh killed some 168 people that dark day in April. A memorial was erected for the tragedy in 2000. It is a thing that will not be allowed to happen again. Security is in place throughout the city now to prevent such tragedies.
The Future of OKC
The future for this resilient state and capital city is promising. The addition of the Devon Energy Center Skyscraper and the amazing addition in 2008 of the NBA's franchise Thunder brings promise to the area for a bright future in Oklahoma City and the Sooner state.