Oklahoma City

Population

2010: 579,999, #31 in U.S., #1 in Oklahoma

1950: 243,504, #45 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 1,252,987, #44 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 325,352, #58 in U.S.

Setting

Oklahoma City, on the North Canadian River, was founded on April 22, 1889, when the land (formerly in Indian Territory) was opened for settlement during the Oklahoma Land Run. The Myriad Botanical Gardens were renovated in 2010 and reopened in 2011.

Buildings

Tallest building: Devon Energy Center, 850 feet (2012)

List of tallest buildings

The domed State Capitol (1917), northeast of downtown, is 255 feet tall.

Stores

Oklahoma City has no downtown department stores. Bricktown is a restored warehouse area with shops, restaurants, entertainment, and water taxis on a mile-long, man-made canal.

Trains

Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer goes between Oklahoma City’s Art Deco Santa Fe Depot (1922) and Fort Worth. The old Union Station (1931) is used for offices.



Downtown Oklahoma City

Museums

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum are downtown. The Oklahoma History Center is north of downtown.

Theaters

HarkinsBricktown Cinemas has 16 screens. The Civic Center Music Hall (1937, renovated 1966) hosts the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, touring Broadway shows, and the Painted Sky Opera. The Carpenter Square Theatre is also downtown.

Sports

The Oklahoma City RedHawks, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play at Bricktown Ballpark (1998). The NBA Oklahoma City Thunder play at the Chesapeake Arena (2002).

Map of Downtown Oklahoma City

DowntownOKC.com

Convention and Visitors Bureau