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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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    (April 22, 1889- )
    Capital of Oklahoma
    Seat of Oklahoma County
    Population (city): 531,324 (2005 Census estimate)
    Population (metro area): 1,172,399
    Nicknames include O-City, Renaissance City, Capital of the New Century and The Big Friendly
    Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County in Oklahoma -- someone had a major failure of imagination.
    It is in the middle of 'Tornado Alley,' with 40 people dying in the metropolitan area during one series of storms (May 3-6, 1999).
    It has recorded high temperatures of 110 F.
    Its two airports are named after Will Rogers and Wiley Post, who both died in a plane crash.
    Oil wells are located on the grounds of the capitol.
    Due to budget constraints, the capitol lacked a dome for 83 years (1919-2002).
    A plan to revive the downtown with a massive shopping center ran out of money after building only a parking garage (1970).
    It was the site of the worst act of domestic terrorism in US history, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 (April 19, 1995).
    It was the site of the first sit-in for desegregation (1958).
    The Ford Center was named one of the top 10 music venues in the world by Pollstar (2006).
    WKY was the first radio station broadcasting west of the Mississippi.
    After Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets temporarily relocated here (2005-07).
    According to 'Get Your Kicks on Route 66,' Oklahoma City 'looks oh so pretty.'
    The Oklahoma City National Memorial was created to 'honor the victims, survivors, rescuers and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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