Oklahoma City, often referred to as OKC by locals, is the capital of Oklahoma and the state's largest city population-wise. It is known for its livestock markets as well as it being home base to oil, natural gas, and petroleum industries.
At the turn of the 21st century, Oklahoma City had 95 oil companies and 12,000 employees in the oil and gas industry. In 1935, the Oklahoma City oil fields produced 409 million barrels of crude oil.
To meet this demand, residential areas were created, which led to the first urban sprawl. In addition to educational institutions, settlers quickly established churches, many of which have historical significance and are registered in the National Register of Historic Sites.
Oklahoma City is home to several museums and arts venues, including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Civic Center Music Hall, Science Museum Oklahoma, the Museum of Osteology, which features more than 300 animal skeletons, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, to name a few.
Also worth visiting art the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, as well as the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
The city's history tells quite a tale of settlers and modern transportation. Settlers established subscription schools to collect taxes to support public schools. The brochure also states that the city had a total of 38,593 enrollments in 1930 and was a public school district with an annual budget of $1.5 million and a population of 1,500.
Other major employers in the city include Oklahoma City Baptist Church, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma. The sports and other recreational facilities have been provided by the Oklahoma Association of Sportsmen's Clubs (OASAC), the American Legion, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and a number of other local organizations.
The public art gallery opened on January 5, 1936, and the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra initiated the Federal Music Project (WPA) in 1937. The PWA financed the construction of the Oklahoma City National Guard arsenal, which was completed in 1938. In addition to Oklahoma, the public has been served by the American Legion, Oklahoma State University, and a number of other local organizations. At the turn of the 21st century, it continued to serve the citizens as "Oklahoma Homans."
The Episcopal Bishops established the church in 1894 as part of the Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City. Later they moved to the northwest and built a church on the site of a former railway station at the end of the 19th century.
In the mid-19th century, an Oklahoma Railway Company operated an intercity train from Oklahoma City. In 1898, Sapulpa and Oklahoma City were joined, and in 1902 and 1903, Lincoln County built lines to Oklahoma City and Agra. In 1921, Automobile Alley was built in the heart of the city's central business district at the intersection of Oklahoma Avenue and North Main Street. In the early 1940s, the city served as the site of the first U.S. Army airbase in Oklahoma City.
A line connecting Oklahoma City with El Reno and McAlester was built between 1890 and 1895, and lines to Oklahoma City and Chickasha were built in 1901 and 1902. Before the development of the land, the first of the city's many public schools, Oklahoma State University, was built on the site of a former train station at the intersection of Oklahoma Avenue and Oklahoma Street.
When Oklahoma City's population more than doubled from 4,151 in 1890 to 10,037 in 1900, housing needs escalated, and migrant camps were set up. Six brick manufacturers worked in the city to keep up with the rapid construction of residential and office buildings.