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Encyclopedia > Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
City of Oklahoma City
Flag of City of Oklahoma City
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Official seal of City of Oklahoma City
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Nickname: OKC, "The Big Friendly"
Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma.
Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma.
Coordinates: 35°28′56.28″N 97°32′6.72″W / 35.4823, -97.5352
Country United States
State Oklahoma
Counties Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, Pottawatomie
Government
 - Type Mayor-Council
 - Mayor Mick Cornett (R)
 - City Manager Jim Couch
Area
 - City 621.2 sq mi (1,608.8 km²)
 - Land 607.0 sq mi (1,572.1 km²)
 - Water 14.2 sq mi (36.7 km²)
Elevation 1,201 ft (396 m)
Population (2006)
 - City 537,734
 - Density 871.5/sq mi (336.5/km²)
 - Metro 1,262,027
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-55000[1]
GNIS feature ID 1102140[2]
Website: http://www.okc.gov/

Oklahoma City is the capital of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city is the 30th largest in the U.S.[3] It is one of two state capitals that shares its name with its state. The city's estimated population as of 2006 was 537,734[1], with a 2006 estimated population of 1,192,989[2] in the metropolitan area. In 2007, the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,262,027 residents.[4] Founded during the Land Run of 1889, Oklahoma City was the site of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, the largest act of terrorism on American soil prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks and the most destructive act of domestic terrorism in American history. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 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History

Main article: History of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City was settled on April 22, 1889, when the area known as the "unassigned lands" was opened for settlement in an event called "The Oklahoma Land Run". Some 10,000 homesteaders settled what is now downtown Oklahoma City, creating a tent city in a single day. Within 10 years the population had doubled in what became a permanent settlement and the future capital of Oklahoma. History Early History Like much of the rest of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City was first settled on April 22, 1889, when the area known as the unassigned lands (that is, land in Indian territory that had not been assigned to any tribes) was opened for settlement in an event known as... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...

By the time Oklahoma was admitted to the Union in 1907, Oklahoma City had already supplanted Guthrie, the territorial capital, as the population center and commercial hub of the new state. Soon after, the capital was moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City was a major stop on Route 66 during the early part of the 20th century and was prominently mentioned in Bobby Troup's 1946 jazz classic, "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," later made famous by Nat King Cole. Pre-World War II activity saw Oklahoma City's development into a major stockyard location and, with the discovery of oil within the city limits (including under the State Capitol), a center of oil production.[citation needed] Post-war growth occurred with Oklahoma City's location as a major interchange on the Interstate Highway System, with the convergence of I-35, I-40 and I-44 in the city, and the development of Tinker Air Force Base. The 1970s and '80s witnessed a gradual decline in the inner-city, as families increasingly chose to live in nearby suburbs. Urban Renewal projects in the 1970s removed many older historic structures but failed to result in much additional development.[citation needed] A notable exception was the construction of the Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge, a botanical garden and modernistic conservatory in the heart of the city. Guthrie is a city in Logan County, Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma City Metroplex. ... Route 66 (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 is an American popular song, composed in 1946 by Bobby Troup and first recorded that same year by Nat King Cole. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Interstate Highways in the 48 contiguous states. ... A water tower on the north side of Tinker Air Force Base Tinker Air Force Base — Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC)— is a major U.S. Air Force military base located near Oklahoma City, in the suburb of Midwest City, Oklahoma. ... Urban Renewal redirects here. ... A traditional conservatory at the Horniman Museum in London A modern Conservatory. ...


In 1993, the city passed a massive redevelopment package known as the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS), which succeeded in helping to rebuild the city's core, adding a new baseball park, central library, renovations to the civic center, convention center and fairgrounds, and a canal to the Bricktown entertainment district. In recent years more housing has been developed downtown, creating new opportunities for developers. However, this has also raised some potential problems, such as an increased need for grocery stores and similar retail. The "Core-to-Shore" project was created to relocate I-40 one mile (1.6 km) south and replace it with a boulevard that will set as an entrance.[citation needed] This allows the central portion of the city to expand south toward the Oklahoma River, thus connecting the core of the city to the shore of the Oklahoma River. This article is about the sport. ... Julio Pérez Ferrero Library - Cúcuta, Colombia A modern-style library in Chambéry A library is a collection of information, sources, resources, and services: it is organized for use and maintained by a public body, an institution, or a private individual. ... The Bricktown Canal Once a major warehouse district and the original site of the city, Bricktown is a growing entertainment district in downtown Oklahoma City. ...

The Murrah Building aftermath
The Murrah Building aftermath

The city has also seen a so called renaissance in the past five to ten years. Several of the downtown buildings are being renovated and restored to their original stature. One of the biggest was the renovation of the Skirvin Hotel in 2007. The famed First National Center is also going through a renovation as a real estate company out of Los Angeles has been pumping millions of dollars into the building. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 408 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1880 × 2760 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 408 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1880 × 2760 pixel, file size: 2. ...

The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial

Oklahoma City was forever changed on April 19, 1995 when Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck in front of the Murrah building and set off a bomb at 9:02 am. The federal building on the northern fringe of downtown was destroyed and many nearby buildings suffered severe damage. The blast, which killed 168, became international news and brought to the forefront of the world's mind a city that was little known outside of the region previously. The citizens of Oklahoma City rallied around each other, and the attack served to unite the city as it began a new era of revival. The site is now home to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Since its opening in 2000 over 3 million people have visited the site. Every year on April 19 survivors, friends and family return to the memorial to read the names of every victim lost. is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... For the Navy sailor, see Timothy R. McVeigh. ... Alfred P. Murrah building four days before its demolition Alfred P. Murrah building during demolition Aerial view of Alfred P. Murrah building after bombing The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was a United States Federal Government complex located at 200 N.W. 5th Street in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ...


Government

Main article: Government of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
OKC's art deco City Hall
OKC's art deco City Hall

Oklahoma City has a council-manager form of government, with an elected mayor and council setting policy and an appointed city manager carrying out the day-to-day operations. The center of Oklahoma City's municipal government is historic City Hall, an original art deco style building situated on the western edge of the central business district in downtown Oklahoma City. Mick Cornett currently serves as Mayor, having first been elected in 2004 and then re-elected in 2006. Eight councilpersons represent each of the 8 wards of Oklahoma City. The City Manager is Jim Couch, who was appointed in late 2000. He serves on numerous city boards and agencies, and served as Assistant City Manager/MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) Director as well as Water/Wastewater Utilities Director prior to his service as city manager. The Government of Oklahoma City is a council-manager with an elected mayor and council setting policy and an appointed city manager carrying out the day-to-day operations. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Mick Cornett is the current mayor of the American city of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ...


Sister cities

Oklahoma City has six sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI): Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 621.2 square miles (1,608.8 km²), of which, 607.0 square miles (1,572.1 km²) of it is land and 14.2 square miles (36.7 km²) of it is water. The total area is 2.28% water. Oklahoma City is located in the Frontier Country region of Central Oklahoma, in the Southern Plains of North America; it is on the tallgrass and mixed grass prairie section of the great plains. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Central Oklahoma is a geographical name for the central region of the state. ... For other uses, see Great Plains (disambiguation). ... North American redirects here. ...


Contrary to popular belief, the geography is not flat and treeless (like in the true high plains to the west), though some areas of the southern and western portions of Oklahoma City are more level. Most of the area consists of gently rolling hills, covered in places by stands of dense, low trees, along with shrubs and many varieties of prairie grasses and wildflowers. Those woodlands, mostly to the north and east of the metropolitan area, are known as the Cross Timbers, and they consist of Blackjack Oak (Quercus marilandica), Post Oak (Q. stellata), hickory (Carya spp.), and other plant species which become more widespread in the southeastern forests, about 100 miles (160 km) east of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.


The city is roughly bisected by the North Canadian River (recently partially renamed the Oklahoma River inside city limits). The North Canadian was once substantial enough to flood every year, wreaking destruction on surrounding areas, including the original Oklahoma City Zoo, until the 1940s when the Civilian Conservation Corps dammed the river and turned it into essentially a wide ditch for the next 50 years. In the 1990's, as part of the citywide revitalization project known as MAPS, the city built a series of low water dams, returning water to the portion of the river flows near downtown. The city also has three large lakes, Lake Hefner and Lake Overholser, in the northwestern quarter of the city, and the largest - Lake Stanley Draper, in the sparsely populated far southeast of the city.

Sunset over Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City.
Sunset over Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City is the seventh largest city in the country in terms of geographic area, and the largest in land area that is not a consolidated city-county[citation needed]. The population density normally reported for the city using area of its city limits can be misleading, as its urbanized zone covers 244 sq mi (630 km²), compared with the rural areas incorporated by the city, which cover 377 sq mi (980 km²).[citation needed] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1536 × 2048 pixels, file size: 754 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1536 × 2048 pixels, file size: 754 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...


Oklahoma City is the second largest city in the nation still in compliance with the Clean Air Act (after Jacksonville, Florida).[citation needed] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jacksonville redirects here. ...


Climate

Oklahoma City lies in a temperate, sub-humid climate, with frequent variations in weather day-to-day and seasonally, except during the consistently hot and humid summer months. Consistent winds help temper the warmer weather, usually from the south or south-southeast at those times, though consistent northerly winds during the winter can make cold periods feel even colder. The climate of Oklahoma City is mild through most of the year. ... For the usage in virology, see temperate (virology). ...


The summer can be extremely hot, as was evident in 2006 with a few week span of nearly 110 °F (43 °C) temperatures. The average temperature is 60.1 °F (15.6 °C),[citation needed] though colder though the winter months, with a 36.7 °F (2.6 °C) average in January,[citation needed]and warmer during the summer months, with an 82.0 °F (27.8 °C) average in July.[citation needed] The city receives about 32.03 inches (814 mm) of rain annually and 9.0 inches (230 mm) of snow.[citation needed]


Blizzards can occur once or twice some winters, while freezing rain occurs a few times most winters, but prolonged periods of either winter precipitation or sub-freezing weather are limited to less than a week, in most cases. Over the year, on average, more precipitation falls than is lost to evapotranspiration, unlike drier places to the west.


Due to Oklahoma City's location north of the western edges of the Gulf of Mexico and east of the semi-arid high plains in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, relative humidity also alternates between humid and dry airmasses, though humidity is definitely higher than places to the west.


Oklahoma City experiences a severe weather season from March through August, especially during April and May, though tornadoes have occurred in every month of the year. Oklahoma City has been struck by more tornadoes than any other metropolitan area in the United States,[citation needed] including one of the most powerful tornadoes on record, an F-5 with wind speeds topping 320 mph (510 km/h) that devastated parts of southern Oklahoma City and nearby communities on May 3, 1999. NOAA scientists observe severe weather using a mobile doppler radar and a helicopter (in the distance) Severe weather phenomena are weather conditions that are hazardous. ... F-scale redirects here. ... is the 123rd day of the year (124th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...

Further information: 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak
Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 80 92 93 100 104 105 110 110 108 96 87 86
Norm High °F 47.1 53.5 62.5 71.2 78.9 87.2 93.1 92.5 84.1 73.4 59.6 49.8
Norm Low °F 26.2 31.1 39.4 48.1 57.9 66.4 70.8 69.8 62.2 50.6 38.2 29.2
Rec Low °F -4 -3 3 20 37 47 53 51 36 16 11 -8
Precip (in) 1.28 1.56 2.9 3 5.44 4.63 2.94 2.48 3.98 3.64 2.11 1.89
Source: USTravelWeather.com [3]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 506,132 people, 204,434 households, and 129,406 families residing in the city. The population density was 321.9/km² (833.8/sq mi) for the entire city but was more than 2600/sq mi in the urbanized areas[citation needed]. There were 228,149 housing units at an average density of 375.9/sq mi (145.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.9% White, 14.7% Black or African American, 3.5% Native American, 3.5% Asian American, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 5.2% from other races, and 5.6% from two or more races. 12.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 204,434 households, 30.8% of which had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.04.


In the city the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $34,947, and the median income for a family was $42,689.Males had a median income of $31,589 versus $24,420 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,098. 16.0% of the population and 12.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 23.0% of those under the age of 18 and 9.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


In June, 2007, the U.S. Census announced its estimate that Oklahoma City had grown in population 1.26 percent between July, 2005 and July, 2006. Since the official Census in 2000, Oklahoma City has grown over six percent, according to the Census Bureau's estimates.


Metropolitan Statistical Area

Oklahoma City is the principal city of the eight-county Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area in Central Oklahoma and is the state's largest urbanized area. The metropolitan area was the 46th largest in the nation as of the year 2000. The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area is a large urban region located in the central part of the state of Oklahoma. ... There are two official definitions of metropolitan area used today in the United States, metropolitan statistical areas, and combined statistical areas, the former restrictive, the latter more extensive. ...

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Economy

Oklahoma City has a very large and increasingly diverse economy. What was once a city known as a huge center of Government and Energy exploration has expanded and diversified to include sectors such as biotechnology, Information Technology, Services, Health Services, and Administration within the past 15 years. Several Oklahoma City based companies, such as Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy, rank among the largest corporations (Fortune 500) in the nation. The structure of insulin Biotechnology is technology based on biology, especially when used in agriculture, food science, and medicine. ... Information and communication technology spending in 2005 Information technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. ... Services are: plural of service Tertiary sector of industry IRC services Web services the name of a first-class cricket team in India This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN), headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is a Fortune 500 company. ... Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) is a producer of natural gas in the United States and is the third largest independent producer, sixth overall (including majors) and the most active driller of new wells in the US. Their primary growth is due to acquisitions and mergers. ... The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ...


According to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area's economic output grew by 33 percent between 2001 and 2005 due in large part to economic diversification. It's gross metropolitan product totaled $43.1 billion in 2005.[5] The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area is a large urban region located in the central part of the state of Oklahoma. ... A metropolitan areas gross domestic product, or GMP, is one of several measures of the size of its economy. ...


Neighborhoods

A 2008 panoramic view of Downtown Oklahoma City's skyline.
A 2008 panoramic view of Downtown Oklahoma City's skyline.

Oklahoma City has a wide variety of neighborhoods depending upon which quadrant of the city you chose to view. Inner city neighbourhoods are old and stately whereas there are a number that have urban grit and some that are more recently being gentrified. Inner city neighborhoods radiate from those located in downtown and include mostly single-family detached houses with yards. There are a number of apartment dwellings as well, many with a more urban style. Downtown there are numerous condo developments and several highrise options. // Downtown Oklahoma City itself is currently undergoing a renaissance, one of the largest in the nation. ... Downtown Oklahoma City is located near the geographic center of Oklahoma City and is the central business district of the city. ...


Outside of the inner city, Oklahoma City has choices between suburban and rural neighborhoods. The suburban varieties tend to have large tracks of single-family detached housing with large yards. The tracks are usually concentrated around a common setting, such as a lake or shopping destination. The suburban neighborhoods offer a large number of apartment dwellings and not too many multi-family ownership offerings. Rural offerings are pretty extensive given the city's vast city limits, however most would not be classified as a neighborhood in the normal sense. In the rural areas, most of the land is protected however you will find the occassional ranch or industrial/office properties.


Education

Higher education

Oklahoma City is home to several colleges and universities, including Oklahoma City University (formerly called Epworth University) in Uptown. This United Methodist university is renowned for its performing arts programs and is home to one of Oklahoma's three law schools. The university hosts many theater, music, and dance events for the community each year, including a Christmas event. The most recent addition to the campus of OCU is the Wanda L. Bass School of Music, home of the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra and the OCU Musical Theatre Company. Three of Oklahoma's Miss Americas are graduates of OCU, and there is a sculpture in their honor on campus. Oklahoma City University is an urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Midtown District. ... Uptown is the area near the mid 23rd Street of Oklahoma City due east of Asia District. ...

Park on campus of OU Medical Center near downtown

The University of Oklahoma is well represented in the city and metropolitan area, with the OU Medical Center due east of downtown and the main OU campus located in the suburb of Norman. OU is one of only 4 major universities in the nation to have all 6 medical schools, and the OU Medical Center is the nation's largest independent medical center, and employs over 12,000 people.[citation needed] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... Norman, Oklahoma, is the county seat and largest city in Cleveland County in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area. ...


The third-largest university in the state, the University of Central Oklahoma, is located just north of the city in the suburb of Edmond. Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City is located in the Furniture District on the Westside. Oklahoma City Community College in south OKC is the second largest community college in the state. Just east of Oklahoma City is Rose State College [4] located in Midwest City. Northeast of the city is the only historically black college in the state, Langston University. The University of Central Oklahoma, often referred to as UCO, located in Edmond, Oklahoma. ... Edmond may refer to: Places in the United States: Edmond, Kansas Edmond, Oklahoma Edmonds, Washington People: Edmond de Goncourt Edmond James de Rothschild Edmond - the 1982 play by David Mamet. ... Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City was originally a branch of Oklahoma State University - Stillwater in 1961. ... The Oklahoma City Community College, also referred to as OCCC or O-Triple-C, is a coeducational community college located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... Midwest City is a major city located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. ... Langston University is in Langston, Oklahoma. ...


There are also a number of private colleges and universities throughout the city and surrounding suburbs, including:

The city is also home to the FAA's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center. This facility provides the first federal training for the nation's Air Traffic Controllers. Oklahoma City University is an urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Midtown District. ... Oklahoma Baptist University is a Christian liberal arts university located in Shawnee, Oklahoma and owned by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. ... Oklahoma Christian University (locally known as OC) is a four-year private comprehensive coeducational Christian university founded in 1950 by members of the churches of Christ. ... St. ... Southern Nazarene University (also known as SNU and So-Naz) is a Christian liberal arts college located in Bethany, Oklahoma. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... The Mid-America Christian University (MACU) is located on 3500 South West 119th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, or USAO, is a public liberal arts institution located in Chickasha, southwest of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. It was founded in 1908 as the Oklahoma Industrial Institute and College for Girls. ... University of Phoenix (UOP) is a for-profit educational institution specializing in adult education, with campuses located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. ... DeVry University and DeVry Institute of Technology are divisions of Devry Inc. ... Heartland Baptist Bible College is an independent Baptist Bible college located at 4700 NW 10th St Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ...


Primary and secondary

Oklahoma City Public Schools is the city's largest school district and second-largest in the state.[6] The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City is home to some of the state's most gifted math and science pupils. Classen School of Advanced Studies is located in the Oklahoma City Public School District, a national Blue Ribbon School.[citation needed] It was recently named the No. 17-school in the nation according to Newsweek [10]. In addition, Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School in OKCPS was named the top middle school in the state according to the Academic Performance Index, and recently received the Blue Ribbon School Award.[citation needed] The Oklahoma City Public Schools is the largest public school district in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area and the state of Oklahoma. ... The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) is a two-year residential public high school located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... Classen School of Advanced Studies (sometimes referred to simply as Classen SAS) is a public combined middle/high school with grades 6-12 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created to honor schools. ... The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created to honor schools. ...


Advanced Science and Technology Education Center (ASTEC), Inc. is an Oklahoma Charter School(both Middle and High School) that began as a summer camp in 1986 while its founder, Dr. Freda Deskin, was on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma. Either the Oklahoma University or Oklahoma City University had, at various times since its inception, sponsored various aspects of ASTEC’s programs. On April 9, 2000, ASTEC Charter School became the State of Oklahoma’s first start-up charter school. In addition to the Middle / High School, ASTEC offers an After School Programs, Summer Camp, Virtual School (grades 7-12), and Outreach Programs such as rocketry. In last year's first graduating class, 100% of students are now attending a university.[citation needed] The University of Oklahoma (OU) is an institution of higher learning located in Oklahoma. ... Oklahoma City University is an urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Midtown District. ...


There are numerous suburban districts which surround the urban OKCPS district, such as Putnam City Public Schools in suburban northwest Oklahoma City, and Mid-Del Schools [11], serving the eastern and southeastern parts of the metropolitan area. The city also has very well developed private and parochial schools, including Casady School, Heritage Hall Schools, Providence Hall, and the schools of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City including Bishop McGuinness High School and Mount Saint Mary High School. Of special note, St. Mary's is the oldest high school in the state, founded in 1903 by the Sisters of Mercy.[citation needed] Casady School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... Providence Hall is a classical Christian school located in Edmond, Oklahoma. ...


A civic initiative named "MAPS for Kids" is attempting to remedy the problems of the inner city district. It will provide new schools for the central city and improve their concatchment areas by moving certain schools closer to wealthier neighborhoods. A sort of "reverse white-flight" is the underlying concept of initiative with the old decrepit inner-city schools being renovated or rebuilt and new technology being made available. An example of this includes John Marshall High School in North Oklahoma City, once said to be the worst public school in the state, is being rebuilt on land closer to Lake Hefner. It is hoped that the new school, complete with facilities and attractions familiar in many suburban districts, will attract the higher income families and thus improve the Oklahoma City district. However, controversy over the relocation of the high school has also raised questions over the wisdom of relocating a historically African-American high school to a predominantly white area. "MAPS for Kids" is funded with a voter-approved one-cent sales tax over seven years, which expires in December 2007.[citation needed]


CareerTech

Oklahoma City has several public career and technology education schools associated with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the largest of which are Metro Technology Center and Francis Tuttle Technology Center. The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is located in the north-central Oklahoma town of Stillwater. ... Metro Technology Center is a public career and technology education center located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education system. ... Francis Tuttle Technology Center is a public vocational and technical education center affiliated with the state of Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. ...


Private career and technology education schools in Oklahoma City include Oklahoma Technology Institute, Platt College, Vatterott College, and Heritage College. Oklahoma Technology Institute, also known as OTI, is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ...


Culture

Museums and theatre

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center is the new downtown home for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The museum features visiting exhibits, original selections from its own collection, a theater showing a variety of foreign, independent, and classic films each week, and a restaurant. OKCMOA is also home to the most comprehensive collection of Chihuly glass in the world including the fifty-five foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the Museum's atrium.[7] The newly renovated art deco Civic Center Music Hall has performances from ballet and opera to traveling Broadway shows and concerts. Stage Center for the Performing Arts is home to many of the city's top theater companies. The building that houses Stage Center, designed by John Johansen is a modernist architectural landmark, with the original model displayed in MOMA in New York City. Also in downtown, the Ford Center was ranked by concert industry group Pollstar as one of the top ten live music venues in the world in ticket sales.[citation needed] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Dale Chihuly has become famous for his intricate, vividly-colored, eye-catching glasswork. ... C. E. John Johansen (February 26, 1883 - October 15, 1947) was a Norwegian athlete. ... General Electric GE90-115B fanblade, on display at MOMA. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For the rehabilitation facility in California, sometimes referred to in the media as the Ford Center, see Betty Ford Clinic. ...

The Suvivor Tree on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial
The Suvivor Tree on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial

Other theaters include the Lyric Theatre, Jewel Box Theatre, the Kirkpatrick Auditorium and the 488-seat Petree Recital Hall, at the Oklahoma City University campus. The university also opened the Wanda L Bass School of Music and auditorium in April of 2006. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (453 × 604 pixel, file size: 47 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) the Survivor Tree I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (453 × 604 pixel, file size: 47 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) the Survivor Tree I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Oklahoma City University is an urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Midtown District. ...


The Omniplex Science Museum in the Kirkpatrick Center houses exhibits on science, photography, aviation, and an IMAX theater. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has galleries of western art and is home to the Hall of Great Western Performers. The Oklahoma City National Memorial in the northern part of Oklahoma City's downtown was created and the inscription on its eastern gate says, "to honor the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995". The outdoor Symbolic Memorial can be visited 24 hours a day for free, and the adjacent Memorial Museum, located in the former Journal Record building damaged by the bombing, can be entered for a small fee. The site is also home to the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, a non partisan, non profit thinktank devoted to the prevention of terrorism. Bronze Wrangler The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a museum and art gallery, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, housing one of the largest collections of: Western, American cowboy, American rodeo, and American Indian; art, artifacts, and archival materials, in the world. ... The Hall of Great Western Performers is a Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. ... The Oklahoma City National Memorial is the largest memorial of its kind in the United States. ... is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... This article is about the institution. ...


Outdoor recreation

The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown OKC
The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown OKC

One of the more prominent landmarks downtown is the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, a large downtown urban park. Designed by I. M. Pei, the Crystal Bridge is a tropical conservatory in the area. The park has an amphitheater, known as the Water Stage. In 2007, following a renovation of the stage, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park relocated to the Myriad Gardens. There is also a lake in the middle of the park inhabited by large Japanese Koi replete with waterfalls and fountains. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Ieoh Ming Pei (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; b. ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1758) Koi can also mean a virtual pet species in Neopets. ...


The Oklahoma City Zoological Park is home to numerous natural habitats, WPA era architecture and landscaping, and hosts major touring concerts during the summer at its amphitheater. Oklahoma City also has two amusement parks, Frontier City theme park and White Water Bay water park. Frontier City is an 'Old West' themed amusement park. The park also features a recreation of a western gunfight at the 'OK Corral' and many shops that line the "Western" town's main street. Frontier City also hosts a national concert circuit at its amphitheater during the summer. White Water Bay is located north of Will Rogers World Airport. WPA Graphic The Works Progress Administration (later Work Projects Administration, abbreviated WPA), was created on May 6, 1935 by Presidential order (Congress funded it annually but did not set it up). ... Will Rogers World Airport (IATA: OKC, ICAO: KOKC) is located in southwestern Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is the primary commercial airport in Oklahoma. ...


Walking trails line Lake Hefner and Lake Overholser in the northwest part of the city and downtown at the canal and the Oklahoma River. Part of the east shore of Lake Hefner has been developed into upscale offices and restaurants, but the majority of the area around the lake is taken up by parks and trails, including a new leashless dog park and the postwar era Stars and Stripes Park. Lake Stanley Draper is the city's largest and most remote lake. The city is implementing a new trail system that will be akin to a bicycle freeway system.[citation needed]

The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman

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Media

See also: Broadcast Media in Oklahoma City This is a summary of broadcast media in Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ...


The Oklahoman is Oklahoma City's major metro newspaper, the most widely circulated in the state. The Oklahoma Gazette is Oklahoma City's independent newsweekly, featuring such staples as local commentary, feature stories, classifieds, restaurant reviews and movie listings. The Journal Record is Oklahoma City's daily business newspaper and OKC Business is a bi-monthly business publication. The MidCity Advocate is Oklahoma City's newest weekly broadsheet, covering positive developments in downtown, the State Capitol district, and the neighborhoods in Oklahoma City's historic core. The Oklahoman is the largest daily and statewide newspaper in Oklahoma and is the only daily newspaper that covers the entire Oklahoma City metro area. ...


In addition, there are various community and international papers in the city that cator to the ethnic mosaic of the city; such as The Black Chronicle, headquartered in the Eastside, the OK VIETIMES and Oklahoma Chinese Times, located in Asia District, and various Hispanic publications. Gay publications include Hard News Online and Standout Magazine. The Eastside is home to the states largest African American community. ... Oklahoma Citys Asia District is the centre of Asian culture and International cuisine and commerce for the state of Oklahoma. ...


There are also five metro lifestyle magazines produced by local publisher, Southwestern Publishing: Nichols Hills News, Edmond Monthly, Norman Living, Northwest Style and Downtown Monthly. In addition are two magazines published by Back40 Design: The Edmond Outlook and the Shawnee Outlook. Both contain local commentary and human interest pieces provided to over 150,000 Oklahomans.


Oklahoma City was home to several pioneers in radio and television broadcasting. Oklahoma City's WKY Radio was the first radio station transmitting west of the Mississippi River and the third radio station in the United States.[citation needed] WKY received its federal license in 1921 and has continually broadcast under the same call letters since 1922. In 1928 WKY was purchased by E.K. Gaylord's Oklahoma Publishing Company and affiliated with NBC [12]; in 1949, WKY-TV went on the air and became the first independently-owned television station in the U.S. to broadcast in color.[citation needed] WKY (930 kHz AM) is Oklahomas oldest radio station. ... For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ... Edward King Gaylord (March 5, 1873 - May 30, 1974) was the founder and publisher of the Daily Oklahoman newspaper, as well as a radio and television entrepreneur. ... This article is about the television network. ...


Sports

"The Brick", home of the Oklahoma Redhawks and Big XII Baseball.
"The Brick", home of the Oklahoma Redhawks and Big XII Baseball.

Oklahoma City is home to several professional sports clubs including the Oklahoma RedHawks, a AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Redhawks play in the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, which is considered one of the finest minor league parks in the nation. Other teams include the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of arena football, the Oklahoma City Lightning of the National Women's Football Association, and the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Texas Rangers American League AAA Oklahoma RedHawks AA Frisco RoughRiders A Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians R Arizona Rangers The Oklahoma RedHawks are a minor league baseball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames None in common use Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... AT&T Bricktown Ballpark opened in 1998 in downtown Oklahoma Citys Bricktown district. ... The Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz are a 2004 expansion team of the Arena Football Leagues minor league af2. ... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... The Oklahoma City Lightning is Oklahoma Citys full-contact womens American football team in the National Womens Football Association. ... The National Womens Football Association (NWFA) is a full-contact American football league for women. ... The Oklahoma City Blazers are an professional ice hockey team that plays in the Northwest Division of the Central Hockey League. ... This article is about the current CHL. For earlier leagues also called the Central Hockey League, see Central Hockey League (disambiguation). ...


The Ford Center in downtown is the large multipurpose arena which hosts concerts, NHL exhibition games, and the city's pro sports teams. Located in Bricktown near the Ford Center, AT&T Bricktown Ballpark is the home to the city's baseball team. There are several other stadiums and arenas in the city, including the arena inside the Cox Convention Center, the State Fair Arena, Taft Stadium, the Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium, and Abe Lemons Arena at Oklahoma City University. For the rehabilitation facility in California, sometimes referred to in the media as the Ford Center, see Betty Ford Clinic. ... Downtown Oklahoma City is located near the geographic center of Oklahoma City and is the central business district of the city. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... AT&T Bricktown Ballpark opened in 1998 in downtown Oklahoma Citys Bricktown district. ... The Cox Business Services Convention Center is an multipurpose convention and meeting center located in downtown Oklahoma City, USA. It is also known as the Cox Convention Center, the COX, and formerly the Myriad Convention Center. ... The Fair Park Arena is a 6,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. It hosts locals sporting events and concerts. ... Softball museum located in Oklahoma City, OK. External Links National Softball Hall of Fame ... Abe Lemons Arena is a multi-purpose arena on the campus of Oklahoma City University. ... Oklahoma City University is an urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Midtown District. ...


Oklahoma City is host to numerous major college and amateur sporting events. The major universities in the area - (University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, and Oklahoma State University) - often schedule several basketball games and major sporting events at Ford Center, although most games are played in their campus arenas. University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... Oklahoma City University is an urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Midtown District. ... Oklahoma State University, located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is an institution of higher learning founded in 1890 as a land-grant university, known as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M). ...


The Oklahoma City University Stars has a slate of sporting clubs which play on campus including a top-rated rowing program which has events on the Oklahoma River. Of special note, the university had announced its desire to possibly enter the NCAA during the 2007 athletic season. North Canadian River is a river in the United States. ... NCAA redirects here. ...


Oklahoma City is the annual host of the Big 12 Baseball Tournament, the World Cup of Softball, and the annual NCAA Women's College World Series. The city has held the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball First and Second Round and hosted the Big 12 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments in 2007; the city will be the site again in 2009. The Big 12 Baseball Tournament (sometimes known simply as the Big 12 Tournament) is the conference championship tournament in baseball for the Big 12 Conference (Big 12). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship. ... 2005 Final Four, Edward Jones Dome The 2005 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... 2005 Final Four, Edward Jones Dome The 2005 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Mens Basketball Championship, was the 2007 edition of the Big 12 Conferences championship tournament. ...


Other major sporting events include Thoroughbred and Quarterhorse racing circuits at Remington Park and numerous horse shows and equine events that take place at the state fairgrounds each year. There are numerous golf courses and country clubs spread around the city in addition to tennis clubs and highschool level sporting activities. Remington Park is a horse racing track and racino located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... A horse show is a judged exhibition of horses and ponies. ...

Ford Center at night
Ford Center at night

In the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans, Louisiana and surrounding area, the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association temporarily relocated to the Ford Center, playing the majority of its home games there during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. The team became the first major-league sports franchise to play regular-season games in the state of Oklahoma. The Hornets permanently returned to New Orleans for the 2007-08 season, and host the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. The Hornets played an exhibition game, attended by 6,324 fans [8], in Oklahoma City on October 9, 2007 against the Houston Rockets, as a way to say thanks for the temporary hosting. The Hornets won the game 94-92. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... NOLA redirects here. ... Charlotte Hornets redirects here. ... NBA redirects here. ... For the rehabilitation facility in California, sometimes referred to in the media as the Ford Center, see Betty Ford Clinic. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


Possible Relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics

On April 18, 2008, the NBA gave conditional approval for the Seattle Supersonics to move for the 2008-2009 season to Oklahoma City provided they can free themselves from the legal challenges to the move and ownership of the team. With a 28-2 vote by its board of owners it became possible that the Sonics will become Oklahoma's first permanent major league professional sports team. The Sonics could re-apply for relocation in 2010 upon the expiration of its current lease with Seattle's KeyArena, or sooner if legally possible. The City of Seattle has filed a lawsuit, scheduled to begin on June 16, to keep the Sonics at KeyArena through its lease. The former ownership group headed up by Howard Schultz is also filing a lawsuit to rescind the sale of the team. Although NBA Commissioner David Stern has urged the city to reconsider its lawsuit on the basis that the Sonics would became a "lame duck" team if they were forced to stay until 2010, he said the Sonics are prepared to play two more seasons if they lost in court. The City of Seattle responded that the lawsuit only exists because of Bennett's attempt to break the lease and the city will not accept a cash only settlement. The team could become the fourth NBA franchise to relocate since 1985; the Kansas City Kings moved to Sacramento, the Vancouver Grizzlies to Memphis and the Charlotte Hornets to New Orleans.[9] The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... KeyArena at Seattle Center is located north of downtown Seattle, USA on the grounds of Seattle Center (the site of 1962s Century 21 Exposition, a Worlds Fair). ... A lame duck is a bird which has trouble walking, usually due to astraxaphysis, a crippling leg condition affecting waterfowl. ... The Sacramento Kings are a National Basketball Association team based in Sacramento, California. ... Sacramento is a Spanish- and Portuguese-language word meaning sacrament; it is a common toponym in parts of the world where those tongues were or are spoken. ... The Memphis Grizzlies are a National Basketball Association team based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Memphis was the wife of Epaphus, the founder of Memphis, Egypt in Greek mythology. ... Charlotte Hornets may refer to several sports teams based in Charlotte, North Carolina: The NBAs New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, formerly based in Charlotte (1988-2002). ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ...


The process of relocation began in July 2006, when a group of Oklahoma City businessmen, led by Clay Bennett, purchased the SuperSonics. After a failed attempt to build a new arena in a Seattle suburb the group requested permission from the NBA to move the team to Oklahoma City.[10] The ownership group left open the possibility of remaining in the Seattle area if financing for a new arena can be arranged before completion of the relocation process.[10] The group is attempting to break the Sonics’ lease with Key Arena in 2008, before its 2010 termination. The city of Seattle has rejected offers to buy the lease. A court date in June 2008 is set to decide if the Sonics can break their Key Arena lease.[11] Clay Bennett (born January 20, 1958) is an American editorial cartoonist. ...


On March 4, 2008, Oklahoma City voters approved a renovation of the Ford Center, including construction of a new NBA practice facility, in anticipation of an NBA team. Bennett reached a preliminary agreement with Oklahoma City on March 14 over a 15-year lease of the Ford Center, which will be presented to the city council and become official if the NBA approves the move and upon termination of the Key Arena lease in 2008 or 2010.[12] The Oklahoma State Legislature also passed a bill that provides tax incentives to the Sonics.[9] is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... For the rehabilitation facility in California, sometimes referred to in the media as the Ford Center, see Betty Ford Clinic. ...


Professional teams

Club Sport League Stadium
Oklahoma RedHawks Baseball Pacific Coast League AT&T Bricktown Ballpark
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz Arena football af2 Ford Center
Oklahoma City Lightning Football Women's Football: National Women's Football Association Taft Stadium
Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey Central Hockey League Ford Center

Additionally, Oklahoma City was home to several now defunct sports teams: Texas Rangers American League AAA Oklahoma RedHawks AA Frisco RoughRiders A Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians R Arizona Rangers The Oklahoma RedHawks are a minor league baseball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... AT&T Bricktown Ballpark opened in 1998 in downtown Oklahoma Citys Bricktown district. ... The Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz are a 2004 expansion team of the Arena Football Leagues minor league af2. ... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... af2 (short for arenafootball2) is the name of the Arena Football Leagues minor league, which started play in 2000. ... For the rehabilitation facility in California, sometimes referred to in the media as the Ford Center, see Betty Ford Clinic. ... The Oklahoma City Lightning is Oklahoma Citys full-contact womens American football team in the National Womens Football Association. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Womens football can mean either a female version of American football or of football (soccer). ... The National Womens Football Association (NWFA) is a full-contact American football league for women. ... The Oklahoma City Blazers are an professional ice hockey team that plays in the Northwest Division of the Central Hockey League. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... This article is about the current CHL. For earlier leagues also called the Central Hockey League, see Central Hockey League (disambiguation). ... For the rehabilitation facility in California, sometimes referred to in the media as the Ford Center, see Betty Ford Clinic. ...

Year founded 1995 Year folded 2001 Prior names Memphis Pharaohs, Portland Forest Dragons ArenaBowl championships none // History Memphis Pharaohs (1995-1996) The Memphis Pharaohs, who had played at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis in 1995 and 1996, relocated to Portland, Oregon after a winless (0-14) 1996 campaign. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... Categories: Baseball stubs | Minor league baseball teams | Oklahoma sports | Texas Rangers ... The American Association was a minor baseball league at the Class AAA (Triple-A) level of baseball in the United States from 1902 to 1962 and 1969 to 1997. ... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ...

Transportation

Oklahoma City is an integral point on the U.S. Interstate Network. Interstate 35, Interstate 40, and Interstate 44 bisect the city, Interstate 240 connects I-40 to I-44 in South OKC, the Lake Hefner Parkway (OK-74) runs through Northwest Oklahoma City, Kilpatrick Turnpike makes a loop around North and West Oklahoma City, Airport Rd. (OK-152) runs through Southwest Oklahoma City and leads to Will Rogers World Airport, Broadway Extension/U.S. 77 connects Central Oklahoma City to Edmond, and Interstate 235 spurs from I-44 in North Central OKC into downtown Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City is near the geographic center of the United States and is an integral point on the U.S. Interstate Network. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 35 Interstate 35 (abbreviated I-35) is a north–south interstate highway in the central United States. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 40 Interstate 40 (abbreviated I-40) is a major west-east interstate highway in the United States. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 44 Interstate 44 (abbreviated I-44) is an interstate highway in the central United States. ... MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION EXIT # I-44 Oklahoma 0 I-35 Oklahoma 4 OK-77H (Sooner Rd. ... Oklahoma State Highway 74, usually abbreviated as SH-74 or OK-74 (or simply Highway 74) is the numbering of two different highways maintained by the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... State Highway 152 (OK-152 or SH-152) is a state highway running through west-central Oklahoma. ... Will Rogers World Airport (IATA: OKC, ICAO: KOKC) is located in southwestern Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is the primary commercial airport in Oklahoma. ... US 77 is a north-south United States highway. ... Interstate 235 in Oklahoma is also known as the Centennial Expressway. ...


As reported by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in 2005, the busiest freeway in Oklahoma City, and in the state of Oklahoma, is Interstate 44, with an average of 118,000 to 132,000 vehicles daily.[citation needed] The I-40 Crosstown Oklahoma City Crosstown Construction Project will relocate a stretch of highway near downtown several blocks to the south. It was expected to be completed by the end of 2008, however new reports now say it could be as late as 2012 that the new Crosstown will be complete.[citation needed] The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (often abbreviated as ODOT) is a state government organization in charge of maintaining public roadways of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 44 Interstate 44 (abbreviated I-44) is an interstate highway in the central United States. ...

Riders prepare to board the Amtrak Heartland Flyer
Riders prepare to board the Amtrak Heartland Flyer

Oklahoma City is served by two primary airports, Will Rogers World Airport and the much smaller Wiley Post Airport (incidentally, the two honorees died in the same plane crash in Alaska). Will Rogers World Airport is currently completing a major reconstruction period. Tinker Air Force Base, in East OKC, is the largest military air depot in the nation, a major maintenance and deployment facility for the Navy and the Air Force, and the second largest military institution in the state (after Fort Sill in Lawton). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Will Rogers World Airport (IATA: OKC, ICAO: KOKC) is located in southwestern Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is the primary commercial airport in Oklahoma. ... Wiley Post Airport is located in NW Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... For other uses, see Alaska (disambiguation). ... A water tower on the north side of Tinker Air Force Base Tinker Air Force Base — Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC)— is a major U.S. Air Force military base located near Oklahoma City, in the suburb of Midwest City, Oklahoma. ... USN redirects here. ... USAF redirects here. ... Fort Sill is a United States Army post near Lawton, Oklahoma; about 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. ... Lawton can refer to names of both places and people: Lawton is the name of several towns in the United States: Lawton, Iowa Lawton, Michigan Lawton, North Dakota Lawton, Oklahoma Lawton is the last name of several people, including: Alexander Lawton , a division commander in the American Civil War April...


Amtrak has a train station downtown, with daily service to Fort Worth and the nation's rail network via the Heartland Flyer. There is also a heritage rail line under re-construction that will connect Bricktown and the Adventure District in NE Oklahoma City.[citation needed] The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... Oklahoma Citys Amtrak station is known as the Santa Fe Depot, and has a station ID OKC, similar to the citys airport IATA code. ... Fort Worth is the sixth-largest city in the state of Texas, located about 30 miles west of Dallas on the West Fork Trinity River and forming part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ... Amtraks Heartland Flyer is a daily train that follows a 206-mile (332-km) route between Fort Worth, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... One important neighbourhood of Northeast Oklahoma City, USA is known as the Adventure District, home to many of the citys great museums and major attractions. ...


Greyhound and several other intercity bus companies serve Oklahoma City at Union Bus Station, Downtown. METRO Transit is the public transit company. Their bus terminal and headquarters is located downtown at NW 5th Street and Hudson Avenue. This article is about the US bus line. ... Oklahoma City Union Station // Location 300 SW 7th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma History National Register of Historic Places plaque Oklahoma City Union Station, opened in 1931, was built to move surface rail lines and two separate rail company depots out of downtown Oklahoma City. ... There is more than one public transit system named Metro Transit. ...


Oklahoma City Picture Gallery

See also

Oklahoma Portal
  • Coyle v. Smith
  • List of famous Oklahoma City Area Citizens

Holding State constitutional provision prohibiting state from moving its capital city is unconstitutional. ... List of Famous People from Oklahoma City Clayton Bennett Edward L. Gaylord Barry Switzer Category: ...

References

  1. ^ a b American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ US Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey (2007-10-25). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2006-01.csv
  4. ^ CBSA-EST2006-02.com.
  5. ^ City area enjoys increase in jobs | NewsOK.com
  6. ^ General Information. Oklahoma City Public Schools. Retrieved on 2007-07-18.
  7. ^ http://www.okcmoa.com/exhibitions/dalechihuly-theexhibition
  8. ^ New Orleans Hornets, Chris Paul, Hilton Armstrong, Bobby Jackson, National Basketball Association, Houston Rockets - CBSSports.com
  9. ^ a b "NBA approves Sonics' move to Oklahoma amid legal wrangling", KOMO-TV, 2008-04-18. Retrieved on 2008-04-18. 
  10. ^ a b Johns, Greg. "Bennett says Sonics going to Oklahoma", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2007-11-02. Retrieved on 2007-11-03. 
  11. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named funding
  12. ^ Jojo Doria. "Oklahoma's Sonics offer gets sweeter all the time", All Headline News, 2008-03-15. Retrieved on 2008-03-15. 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (8387 words)
Oklahoma City is the 31st largest city in the nation, according to a 2005 report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Oklahoma City was the site of the bombing on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, the largest act of terrorism on American soil prior to the September 11th attacks and the most destructive act of domestic terrorism in American history.
The Oklahoma City Public School district is the state's largest and is one of the few urban districts in the nation with a growing enrollment, due largely to the so-called MAPS for KIDs city-wide improvement plan.
Midwest City, Oklahoma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (669 words)
As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 54,088 and is the seventh largest city in the state.
Midwest City is a city of 25 square miles whose southern border is Tinker Air Force Base and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older.
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