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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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|Below this bench lies a time capsule presented to the State of Oklahoma by the Reynolds Metals Company containing historic records and memorabilia of the bicentennial era of the United States of America to be opened July 4, 2075 so its contents may . . . — — Map (db m165713) HM|
Soon after the election on May 1, the city became ensnarled in political conflict.
The rules for establishing lot ownership were unclear and the attempts of the city council to clarify matters with ordinances and lot certificates sold by . . . — — Map (db m141899) HM|
Native to Eastern N. America. Planted widely for shade and shelterbelts as one of the most popular trees of the city streets, lawns, and parks. However, it is no longer the "famous shade tree" of the past, nor widely recommended. The Dutch elm . . . — — Map (db m59961) HM|
On April 19, 1995 at 9:02 a.m., a bomb exploded just a few hundred feet east of here. In that instant and the ensuing calamity, 168 people were known to be killed. Devastation covered this area. The parish house which stood on this corner was . . . — — Map (db m60345) HM|
| Journalist, Lawyer, Educator, Orator, and Author of Oklahoma City History
Arriving from Kansas on April 22, Angelo C. Scott, age 31 and his brother W.W. Scott started a newspaper, the Oklahoma Times, soon renamed the Journal, the first in . . . — — Map (db m142023) HM|
Honoring the centuries-old presence and contribution of
Native Americans to Oklahoma
State Capitol Rotunda Sunday, June 4, 1989
Master of Ceremonies
State Senator Enoch Kelly Haney, Seminole Creek
Allan Houser . . . — — Map (db m60269) HM|
With a margin of only 14 votes, Beale claimed a mandate to overturn seven months of Seminole-dominated city rule. Within a month the city was in chaos and city governance was shut down by federal authorities.
Dr. A. J. Beale, the leader . . . — — Map (db m142036) HM|
Engraved in the paving behind you are the emblems of the seventeen federal agencies and the three non-federal tenants that occupied the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.
For their contributions and losses they are . . . — — Map (db m60294) HM|
| (tablet 1) This monument commemorating the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 was almost 25 years in the making. The tireless efforts of several visionary Oklahomans, generous contributions from a trio of initial donors, and extensive funding support . . . — — Map (db m157302) HM|
Erected in 1910 as Oklahoma High School, at that time the city's only high school, this Gothic style building was a source of great civic pride. Many future leaders were educated here. — — Map (db m60387) HM|
| Cowboy, police chief, legislator, wildcatter, entrepreneur, and developer
Charles Colcord, a native of Kentucky, spent his formative years as a cowboy in western Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona. In 1889, at age 29, he came to Oklahoma City . . . — — Map (db m141878) HM|
Children were a significant part of the worldwide response in April 1995, responding with words of encouragement and messages of hope - for Rescue Workers specifically - and Oklahomans in general. Thousands of ceramic tiles were sent to Oklahoma . . . — — Map (db m60361) HM|
| Always short on revenue, the City eventually acquired its own building by evicting a saloon.
The Mayor and City Council of Oklahoma City first met on May 3, 1889 in the law office of councilman Ledru Guthrie on the south side of Main . . . — — Map (db m141902) HM|
Royal Standard of Spain
Great Union of Great Britain
Carolina Land Grant
Royal Standard of France
LaSalle Claimed the . . . — — Map (db m60393) HM|
Washington first took command of the American Army under the Grandparent of this Elm at Cambridge, Mass.
July 3, 1775.
Raised and presented by Maryland D.A.R., marked by Oklahoma D.A.R.,
This tree is . . . — — Map (db m155636) HM|
| Big Anne Wynn, the town's most prominent madam, pitched a tent on Front Street on the day of the Run to provide female companionship for the overwhelmingly male population.
Disembarking at Santa Fe Station new arrivals encountered a district . . . — — Map (db m141984) HM|
| An ardent promoter and businessman: perhaps the greatest of the founding fathers
Prior to the Run of 1889, Ohio native Henry Overholser arranged for 10 railroad cars of prefabricated wood-frame buildings and lumber to be waiting for him at . . . — — Map (db m141880) HM|
| is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior as a contributing resource to the Automobile Alley Historic District Certified Rehabilitation: 2011 Midtown Renaissance, Owner . . . — — Map (db m130600) HM|
The south wall of the Journal Record Building directly faced the blast's impact and was heavily damaged by the April 19, 1995 bombing. Parts of the south wall were separated from the floor beams, and the arched section of the building's roof was . . . — — Map (db m60378) HM|
has been placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior — — Map (db m59989) HM|
Nineteen Little Boys And Girls Killed In The OKC Bombing
April 19, 1995
"He took them up in his arms...."
Mark 10:16 (KJV)
Painting: Alice Murray — — Map (db m60381) HM|
April 19, 1995
The grateful citizens of Oklahoma hereby express their gratitude to all Protective and Rescue Personnel, who amid death, danger, darkness and depression, rendered superb service above and beyond the call of duty. They were . . . — — Map (db m60382) HM|
| [Excerpts from marker]
This 24,000 square foot Museum exhibit tells the story of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. You hear the explosion, see the devastation immediately following and learn from family . . . — — Map (db m60376) HM|
Before April 19, 1995, the two-block area between NW 4th and 6th Streets and Robinson and Harvey Avenues served as the northern edge of the downtown core. This area was a workplace to hundreds of people.
5th Street ran through the area where . . . — — Map (db m60377) HM|
Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Field Discovery Well brought in December 4, 1928, approximately six miles southeast of this marker.
From such beginning, sprawling Oklahoma City Oil and Gas Field became one of world's major oil producing areas, . . . — — Map (db m59947) HM|
|The Oklahoma City Field is one of the giant fields of the world, having produced more than 735 million barrels of oil and more than 2 trillion cubic feet of gas from 26 producing zones through 1969. The ultimate recovery from this field is estimated . . . — — Map (db m161376) HM|
| "This state seal was displayed at the entrance of the Oklahoma exhibit at the New York World's Fair 1964-1965" — — Map (db m60268) HM|
| 18,000BC Native Americans Occupy Present-Day Oklahoma
1200 AD Mississippian Culture Peaks At Spiro Mounds
1541 Coronado First Europeans To Explore Oklahoma
1750s Osages Push Wichitas & Caddos To Red River
1803 Louisiana . . . — — Map (db m60212) HM|
| Most land claim disputes were resolved by settlement, or purchase and relinquishment. But some required lengthy litigation.
With territorial government authorized by Congress in May, 1890, a formal structure was established for resolving . . . — — Map (db m142054) HM|
The Rescuer Orchard is in an area where the Oklahoma Water Resources and Athenian Building once stood. Both sustained heavy damage and required demolition.
The Orchard symbolically "rushes in" from both east and west on the Memorial Grounds . . . — — Map (db m60359) HM|
| The Citizens' Survey, begun the day after the Run, was reconciled with the survey of the Seminole Town and Improvement Company at a mass meeting on April 27.
As the Citizens' Committee and its surveyors worked north from the section line at . . . — — Map (db m142009) HM|
| This was the location of the south entry to the second floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building from the plaza level. — — Map (db m60302) HM|
On Saturday, April 27 the citizens of South Oklahoma elected G. W. Patrick mayor along with a full slate of city officials.
On April 23, 1889, G. W. Patrick began surveying south from the section line at Reno, as the Citizens' Survey began . . . — — Map (db m142057) HM|
This building, first opened on Easter Sunday 1904, became the Episcopal Cathedral in 1908. The congregation dates from 1893. — — Map (db m60392) HM|
| The Stockyards City Business Improvement District serves as a home to the world's largest stocker-feeder cattle market, the state's oldest restaurant, library, pharmacy and western wear establishment. The bank was chartered in 1925 and has . . . — — Map (db m144284) HM|
Known today as the "Survivor Tree," this American Elm survived the April 19, 1995 bombing. The Survivor Tree's bark protects it from disease and bugs. Please help us protect the Survivor Tree by not removing bark or placing coins in its bark. We . . . — — Map (db m60281) HM|
This American Elm was surrounded by a parking lot filled with burning vehicles on April 19, 1995. It survived the impact of the explosion and became known as the Survivor Tree, an important symbol of resilience to the family members of those . . . — — Map (db m60380) HM|
| Lumberman, Banker, and Business Leader
On the afternoon of April 22, T.M. Richardson, and his son T.M. Jr., from Albany, Texas, staked a claim at the northeast corner of Clarke Street (later Grand, and today Sheridan) and Harvey, where the . . . — — Map (db m141891) HM|
We Search For the truth
We Seek Justice.
The Courts Require it.
The Victims Cry for it.
And God Demands it!
A Rescue Worker originally painted the message on this wall during search and recovery efforts in April . . . — — Map (db m60379) HM|
Within minutes after 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, this tranquil plaza was transformed into a scene of frantic lifesaving activities. Many individuals became heroes as they joined together to become "First Responder Teams" to pull men, women and . . . — — Map (db m60295) HM|
| Jews have lived in Oklahoma since the mid 19th century. In 1903, Jews in Oklahoma City organized Temple B'Nai Israel. During its first few years, the congregation met at several local churches. The synagogue, located at 50 Broadway Circle, was . . . — — Map (db m134144) HM|
| Captain David Payne and his Boomers defied federal authorities to attempt settlement in the Unassigned Lands.
From the 1830s onward, most of present-day Oklahoma was reserved for Native Americans who had been forcibly relocated from their . . . — — Map (db m118805) HM|
| A reporter from Harpers Weekly returned to Oklahoma City two months after its birth to find its progress remarkable beyond belief.
William Willard Howard writing an article called "The Building of Oklahoma" in the June 29, 1889 issue of . . . — — Map (db m141907) HM|
Overnight, a city of tents arose next to the railroad station. But where were the streets and lot lines? Amid the confusion, a mass meeting was called which elected a committee to bring order with a new survey.
Confusion reigned on . . . — — Map (db m142030) HM|
A slate of candidates supported by the Seminole Town and Improvement Company, including the temporary mayor William Couch, was elected at the polls on Wednesday, May 1.
At the mass meeting on April 27, after the compromise survey was . . . — — Map (db m142027) HM|
You are entering the area where the Alfred P. Murrah Building once stood. The granite used on this pathway was salvaged from the Murrah Building. The Field of Empty Chairs is a tribute to the 168 Americans who were killed April 19, 1995. The . . . — — Map (db m60358) HM|
| The race for free land began at noon on April 22, 1889, with an estimated 50,000 participants from all over the world.
At high noon on a bright and clear Monday, April 22, 1889, a drama roared to life when mounted soldiers fired their guns . . . — — Map (db m141908) HM|
| Oklahoma City and Guthrie, a dozen other towns, and thousands of farms were settled in a day.
The Run of '89 gave birth to Oklahoma City, which today is the state's capital and largest city. It also marked the beginning of Guthrie, where the . . . — — Map (db m141980) HM|
|The unassigned lands were opened through a Land Run with more than 50,000 Americans vying for 160 acres or a town lot. At noon on April 22, 1889, competitors rushed in on wagons, horses, foot and trains. Towns were formed and homesteads were staked. . . . — — Map (db m157300) HM|
Following enactment of the Organic Act in May, 1890, territorial, county, and city governments were quickly established. Federal townsite laws clarified the procedure for confirming and settling land claims, and a land office opened in Oklahoma . . . — — Map (db m142052) HM|
On May 2, 1890, Congress passed long awaited legislation establishing federally sanctioned territorial government for Oklahoma.
The Organic Act defined Oklahoma Territory boundaries to include the lands west of Indian Territory and the . . . — — Map (db m142037) HM|
This grass lawn was the playground for the children's daycare center.
Many children were killed or injured in the building. — — Map (db m60282) HM|
| First a boomer, then a sooner, then the first mayor of Oklahoma City, William L. Couch resigned as Mayor on November 11, 1889. Five months later, he died of a gunshot wound by a rival homestead claimant, the day before the first anniversary of the . . . — — Map (db m142056) HM|
|On April 22, 1889, one of the significant events of American History swept across this location and some 2,000,000 surrounding acres. On that day more than 50,000 men and women rushed to stake their claims in the Land Run of 1889. That one day . . . — — Map (db m157301) HM|
This statue was fashioned by
Constance Whitney Warren
Sculptress of Paris, France and New York,
and was presented to
The State of Oklahoma
by this distinguished American Artist
through the solicitation of
Justice Albert C. . . . — — Map (db m59952) HM|
|A visit by influential members of Congress
in September 1889 was the most important
event in Oklahoma since the Run itself.
On Tuesday, September 17, 1889, six congressmen arrived by rail from
Guthrie for a first-hand look at life in the . . . — — Map (db m141875) HM|