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Born in a single day, Oklahoma City was settled on April 22, 1889, when an area known as "unassigned lands" was opened for settlement. The famous "Oklahoma Land Run" brought 10,000 homesteaders rushing in to create a tent city in what is now downtown Oklahoma City. The city flourished and became the state capital in 1910. On Dec. 3, 1928, an oil gusher was struck within the city limits and oil derricks sprouted up like wildflowers. Even the Capitol grounds had producing oil wells. In fact, the pool on which Oklahoma City was built is considered among the richest in the nation. Renowned architect I.M. Pei left his talented touch on the city ...

Born in a single day, Oklahoma City was settled on April 22, 1889, when an area known as "unassigned lands" was opened for settlement. The famous "Oklahoma Land Run" brought 10,000 homesteaders rushing in to create a tent city in what is now downtown Oklahoma City. The city flourished and became the state capital in 1910. On Dec. 3, 1928, an oil gusher was struck within the city limits and oil derricks sprouted up like wildflowers. Even the Capitol grounds had producing oil wells. In fact, the pool on which Oklahoma City was built is considered among the richest in the nation. Renowned architect I.M. Pei left his talented touch on the city with his Myriad Botanical Gardens. Opened in 1988, the gardens feature lakes, an amphitheater and a beautiful 224-foot-long circular jungle complete with palm trees, waterfalls and exotic plants. Another of the city's popular attractions is the manmade Bricktown Canal inspired by San Antonio's River Walk. Running through historic Bricktown, the canal has restaurants, shops and other attractions alongside it. The heart-wrenching story of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Murrah Federal Building is depicted at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Each of the 168 lives lost is represented by a chair made of bronze, stone and glass placed on a field the size of the destroyed building. The site includes a reflecting pool, a museum and the Survivor Tree, a more than 80-year-old American Elm that miraculously survived the blast.

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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma and is located in the center of the state.
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    September for the Oklahoma State Fair