Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City
By Urbanative (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Oklahoma City was founded during the 1889 Land Rush. In 1889, President Benjamin Harrison opened two million acres in Oklahoma to settlement. Settlers were offered 160 acres of free land if they promised to use and improve it. Some 50,000 people, known as "Sooners," headed to the Oklahoma Territory. In one day, Oklahoma City received 10,000 people.

Oklahoma City officially became capital of Oklahoma in 1907. Today, it is the largest city in Oklahoma and the 27th largest city in America. It has one of the world’s largest livestock markets and its economy is based strongly on oil and petroleum products.

Oklahoma City recently became home to the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA baskebtall team, the city’s first major professional sports team. With stars Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook (as of 2016), the team is one of the top attractions in the league. In 1995, the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed. 168 people were killed. Before the 9/11 attacks, it was the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history.


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