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Oil well towers help define the skyline of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City is located in the center of the state on a plain sliced by the North Canadian River, Oklahoma City is sprawled over 600 square miles occupying five counties, with a multiracial population estimated at 470,000.

Not only a major producer and refiner of crude petroleum, Oklahoma City is the state's principal center of finance, commerce, and transportation. Also contributing to the Oklahoma City economy are its rich farming and livestock regions and its manufacturing facilities for fabricated metals, aerospace and electronics equipment, cars, and tires. Nearby are Tinker Air Force Base and a large aircraft and supply depot. Oklahoma City is served by Will Rogers Airport and three railroads.

Oklahoma City's points of interest include the State Capitol, the national Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, a zoo and botanical gardens, symphony orchestra and civic ballet, a race track, the State Museum of History, and the Myriad Convention Center. It is home to a wealth of health, religious, and education institutions, including seventeen universities and colleges. The city's entertainment complex, Enterprise Square, illustrates the nation's free enterprise system through games and hands-on exhibits. The Kirkpatrick Center houses the Air Space Museum, the International Photography Hall of Fame, and a science museum called the Omniplex.

It is a city proud of its Native American peoples who were the region's earliest inhabitants: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole. Oklahoma City was settled around a railroad station in 1889 when President Rutherford B. Hayes opened the area to settlement by whites with the famous Oklahoma land rush. In a single day a tent community of nearly 10,000 people sprang up at the site of the present-day city.

Oklahoma City was incorporated in 1890. Within twenty years it was Oklahoma's largest city and state capital. The city's economy boomed after oil and gas fields were discovered in 1928. Oil derricks were seen throughout the city, even on the lawns of private homes and the grounds of public buildings.


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