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Oklahoma City History, Oklahoma

The Ups And Downs Of The Barren Land!

 It is quite odd to recollect that Oklahoma City was not considered to be the capital of the state in the earlier days, as it had come up quite later. The main reason for it to have grown into such a large city was its thriving trade and commerce. Individuals must be well aware about the mighty American Native relocation to the Oklahoma region during the 1820s. The event had been named as the Cherokee “Trail of Tears” recount, which saw the harsh ruling of the United States Government forcing five native tribes to move over to the region.  In the due course, several natives could not bear to get accustomed to the drastic changes and passed away. Thus, the western territories of the Oklahoma remained unaccounted for without any inhabitants and came to be known as “Unassigned Land”.

This region along with several others constitutes the current day Oklahoma City. It started getting visited by pioneers frequently during the late 1800s. These individuals kept coming and asserted their wish to settle in those free lands, ultimately pressing the Government to opt for several ‘Land runs’ in between the year 1889 and 1895.

 Since these individuals moved in without much heed to the laws, they were named as the Boomers, who eventually forced the governments to allow runs by individual settlers for claiming the piece of land that they felt proper for themselves. Although, there have been several runs conducted in between these years, the one that started it created the greatest impact. This led to the arrival of almost 50,000 settlers for claiming their prized lands.

After the territory had been captured, the major problem breaking out was that of order among the settlers. However, the entire scenario of the Oklahoma City began to change drastically during the 1960s and 70s, when the place started to lose the strength as before. The major reason for this was the oil reserve drying up gradually, leading to the drop in property values and loss of jobs. The scenario had worsened by the 90s, when the place saw rapid decrease in population and jobs moving over to other cities. This promoted drastic measures through which the city was revived once again if not to its original self, then at least to a standard position.  

As of now, Oklahoma City is booming again with industries and population moving in together.

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    A small museum that is dedicated to pigeons and even training them to race, the World of Wings Pigeon Center is a great stop, if you are driving in that direction. I've never seen so many birds (pigeons) in one place and it was...
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    For history freaks and for those who are interested in culture, history and people, the Oklahoma History Center is the perfect place to spend a few hours. There are several interactive exhibitions, audio, photographic displays and a...
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    A stunningly and emotionally intense museum, the Oklahoma City National Memorial should not be missed. The museum is beautiful both in the daytime and at night, especially the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial, which is open 24 hours a day. ...
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