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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is a capital and the largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma.
The city's name is often abbreviated as Okla City or Will Rogers World Airport's IATA code, OKC. Non-Oklahomans often refer to Oklahoma City as 'Oak City', but locals never use this name.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.Ē.
What a fitting depiction
Rodgers and Hammerstein penned for this truly remarkable city. Located
directly in the center of the state, Oklahoma City stands as a modern marvel
surrounded by the endless horizons of the Great Plains.
The city had an amazing
beginning when a single gunshot was fired on April 22, 1889, signaling the
opening of the territory to new settlement. A day later,this barren prairie
was home to ten thousand settlers. In 1911, the capital was moved here and in
1928 oil was discovered, forever changing the city. Unfortunately, tragedy is
part of its history as well. On April 19, 1995 a bomb killed 168 people at the
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Today a museum stands to remember them and
that tragic day.
Easily accessible, Oklahoma
City sits at the intersection of two major Interstate highways: I-40 from the
east/west, and I-35 from the north and south, making it a must stop location on
any trip through the area. With the overall weather conditions varying year
round, it is never boring. Will Rogers once quipped, "If you don't like the
weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it'll change."
Itís not just the weather
and history that make this city so appealing. There are a host of attractions,
events, and things to do as well.
One of the most popular
attractions for visitors and town folk as well is the
Frontier City Theme Park. Here you can stroll
through an authentic 1880s western town and enjoy rides, shows, games and
attractions. Visitors can even experience the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral.
For those who like thrill rides, there are numerous roller coasters and water
rapid rides as well.
If you prefer something a little less taxing, try
Omniplex. Omniplex provides an adventure in discovery of new worlds and
galaxies, exploration the sciences and arts, a chance to relive the past and
peer into the future. The complex houses several museums, galleries, gardens,
greenhouses and a planetarium, making this a must see attraction for the entire
museums are plentiful as well. The
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum depicts the true Western spirit of
the past and the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This
popular visitor attraction features a collection of classic and
contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic
Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture by James Earle Fraser,
The End of the Trail. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the
Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy.
Thereís also the Governorís Mansion, the Zoo,
the Fire Fighters Museum and many more sites and events to occupy the visitorís
time, night or day.
Whatever the reason for visiting, this historic
truly western city has great appeal. You may even see a cowboy on horseback
tipping his hat to a passing lady. Oklahoma City is where the Old West meets the
New West, with country style.