If you are a regular reader of this blog (if you aren’t you should be) then you know 2014 was a pretty big year for OKC. 2014 marked the 125th anniversary of our great city’s founding. Yes the town born in a single day (true story) celebrated its Quasquicentennial. Oh, and what a 125 years it has been. From land runs and rugged wildcatters looking for oil to the Oklahoma City Thunder and construction of the 50-story Devon Tower, our fair city has seen some things. While the city continues to evolve in dynamic new ways, one thing stays the same: the people. The original settlers of the city claimed their lands on April 22, 1889, and did so with an independent and entrepreneurial streak that lives on in the citizens to this day. With the land run, Oklahoma City has a history and a founding that is truly unlike any other city. People from around the country gathered on one day to take a chance, start a new life and work together to build a city from scratch. That wildcatter spirit and sense of teamwork is still at the heart of OKC 125 years later.
So as 2014 draws to a close, we wanted one last chance to look at some of our favorite history posts from the past year. These posts help tell the story of our city but there are many chapters yet to be written. You can also access the history posts on your own here.
- Capital Shenanigans- the (alleged) theft of the Oklahoma State capitol from Guthrie.
- Aviation is More than OK in OKC- a look into how aviation has helped shape OKC and vice versa.
- Thunderbirds and the USS Oklahoma- a good example of how deeply Oklahoma is tied with our nation’s defense.
- True Friendship- how Stanley Draper is one of the best friends OKC has ever (or will ever) have.
- History is Everywhere- in Oklahoma County alone there are more than 35 historical markers.