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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - St. Josephs Church

Oklahoma City is the capital of the U.S. state of Oklahoma and its largest city.

The world's first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City.

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St. Joseph's Church
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St. Joseph's Church
Exposition Building, Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City, Okla.
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Exposition Building, Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Carnegie Library, Oklahoma City, Okla.
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Carnegie Library, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Robinson Street Looking North
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1889 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma founded

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1889 - DISASTER AT OKLAHOMA. THE GRAND STAND AT A RACE TRACK COLLAPSES, INJURING MANY.
Oklahoma City, July 4. - The grand stand at the race track collapsed at three o'clock this afternoon, injuring more than one hundred people. One thousand people crowded into the stands when the horses came to the post, and suddenly, without a sign of warning the structure went down, burying more than five hundred in the ruins.

Oklahoma City, July 5. - The number of victims of yesterday's disaster is greater than was at first supposed. It is now estimated that about five hundred people were more or less injured. Fully a dozen were dangerously hurt and are lying in a critical condition. It has been rumored that three of the victims have died, but diligent inquiry fails to confirm the report.
The Burlington Hawk Eye
Iowa
July 6, 1889
1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
...Distress In Oklahoma.
Wichita, Kan., Feb. 9. - Dispatches from the territory tell of severe suffering. The cold snap, accompanied by great quantities of snow still prevails and is driving wild animals from the woods to the different settlements and causing much alarm among the settlers. In "K" county, O.T., last night MRS. ABNER JOHNSON and her two children while returning home were attacked by a pack of wolves, but reached shelter before the animals caught up with them...
The Delphos Daily Herald
Delphos, Ohio
February 9, 1895
1906
Oklahoma, a city, capital of Oklahoma co., Okla., on the North Fork of the Canadian River and on the Chicago, Rook Island and Pacific, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and other railroads, 31 miles S. of Guthrie. It has cotton- and cotton-seed oil-industriee, and there are flouring-mills, packing-houses, and manufactures of threshers, engines, scales, hay- presses, etc. Epworth University is located here. Pop. in 1900, 10,037 (very largely increased since the census).
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1911 - November 11 - Oklahoma City established a record high of 83 degrees and record low of 17 degrees that same day.

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November 11, 1911
1917 - Fire in Oklahoma City Courthouse [sic]
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 2. - Water which flooded the city hall building while a fire burned through the hallways did $10,000 damage early today. Records of the city treasurer, city clerk and other documents were soaked.
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City, Missouri
March 2, 1917
1922 - March 16 - WKY-AM in Oklahoma City OK begins radio transmissions

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1924 - March 20 - A late winter storm in Oklahoma produced nearly a foot of snow at Oklahoma City.

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1935 - July 16 - 1st automatic parking meter in US installed (Oklahoma City, Ok)

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July 16, 1935
1942 - THIRTY-ONE KILLED WHEN TORNADO STRIKES OKLAHOMA CITY. TWISTER STRIKES INTO SOUTHWEST CORNER OF CITY. LAYS WASTE AREA TWO BLOCKS SQUARE; MANY CRITICALLY INJURED; RELIEF AGENCIES AND ARMY RUSH RESCUE, AID FORCES TO SCENE.
Oklahoma City, June 13. - (AP) - Red Cross and other relief agencies cared today for 250 homeless victims of a tornado that killed 21 persons in a residential district here and roared off "whistling like 10,000 devils."

That description came from Private G. J. PRINCE of Will Rogers air field who saw the funnel dip down last night out of a stormy sky, life a huge truck and lay it down near him in a ditch where he had taken refuge.

The army sent soldiers from the air base who toiled through the night bringing dead and injured from the debris, then stayed on tirelessly through the day to help tend the survivors.

An area two blocks square in the southwest corner of the city was scoured bare of houses and only a few trees, limbs and leaves wrenched away by the wind, still stood.

Man Whistles Alarm.
Survivors told of a blast of hot wind that preceded the blow, of a half-dressed man who had seen the funnel bearing down and ran through the streets, sounding a police whistle to... Read MORE...

1948 - March 25 - Tornadoes at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City
For the second time in less than a week airplanes were destroyed by a tornado at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City OK. A March 20th tornado destroyed fifty planes at Tinker AFB causing more than ten million dollars damage, and the March 25th tornado destroyed another thirty-five planes causing six million dollars damage. The first tornado struck without warning, and caused more damage than any previous tornado in the state of Oklahoma. The second tornado was predicted by Fawbush and Miller of the United States Air Force, and their accurate tornado forecast ushered in the modern era of severe weather forecasting.
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March 25, 1948
1949 - June 6 - WKY TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast

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1995 - Oklahoma City bombing

Oklahoma City is the 7th windiest city in the U.S. with an average wind speed of 12.2 mph.

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in OKC:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum:

Explore the rich history of the American West through art and artifacts.
Don't miss the stunning sculpture garden.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum:

Pay your respects at the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
The museum provides a moving and educational experience.

Bricktown:

A vibrant district with restaurants, shops, and a canal.
Enjoy a canal boat ride or take a stroll along the waterfront.

Myriad Botanical Gardens:

Relax in this beautiful urban oasis.
Check out the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.

Oklahoma City Zoo:

Spend a day exploring the diverse range of animals.
The zoo also offers various shows and educational programs.

Science Museum Oklahoma:

Perfect for families, with hands-on exhibits and interactive displays.
The Science Live demonstrations are both entertaining and educational.

OKC Museum of Art:

Explore a diverse collection of European, Asian, and American... Read MORE...

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