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Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, the capital of Oklahoma, is the largest city in the "Sooner State." Boasting a diverse urban culture and charming, old-fashioned neighborhoods, Oklahoma City blends hip, spirited environment with its deep western heritage.

Oklahoma City

The following pages will help you explore Oklahoma City.

Fast facts about Oklahoma City:

  • During the 1800s, the U.S. government forcibly relocated Indian tribes from all over the country into the Oklahoma Territory. There was one parcel of land (the Unassigned Lands) that was never given to any tribes.
  • On March 2, 1889, the U.S. government opened the Unassigned Lands.
  • At noon on April 22, 1889, about 50,000 homesteaders rushed into the Unassigned Lands. Nearly 10,000 staked their claim near the Oklahoma Station - what today is Oklahoma City (Oklahoma became the 46th state on Nov. 16, 1907).
  • As the homesteaders gathered at the boundaries of the Unassigned Lands, some people snuck across early to stake out the prime land. These people were known as "Sooners."
  • One-third of the population of Oklahoma, more than 1.1 million people, live in the Oklahoma City Metro area.
  • On Dec. 4, 1928, oil was discovered on the corner of SE 59th and Bryant Avenue. The gusher spewed 110,496 barrels of oil before it was finally capped 27 days later.
  • Oklahoma means "Land of the Red People" in the Choctaw language.
  • Oklahoma City is 625 square miles.
  • There are 35 Native American tribes maintaining tribal council in Oklahoma. The state has the highest population of Native Americans in the country.
  • Oklahoma City is 1,334 feet above sea level.
  • In 1910, after a petition gained enough signatures and a popular vote was won, the capital of Oklahoma was moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City.

Source: Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau

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