Oklahoma City was settled on April 22, 1889, when the area was opened for settlement in an event called "The Oklahoma Land Run." Oklahoma City was a major stop on Route 66 during the early part of the 20th century Oklahoma City. In 1993, the city passed a massive redevelopment initiative, Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS), which rebuilt the downtown area adding a baseball park, central library, renovations to the civic center, convention center and fairgrounds, and a canal to the Bricktown entertainment district downtown. Over the past 20 years, Northwest Oklahoma City has been transformed from prairie farmland into a broad stretch of office parks, malls and housing tracts. The balance comes with plenty of open spaces, natural parkland, golf courses and opportunities for enjoying the outdoors.
Northwestern Oklahoma City's unique small town charm combined with the booming metropolis, culture and arts of nearby downtown activities, makes it a family-friendly city soaked in Southern style. Nearby Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City was once a warehouse district that is now the entertainment district of the Southwest. Museums and culture centers, like the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Red Earth Indian Center, the Air Space Museum, the International Photography Hall of Fame or Kirkpatrick Planetarium offer a plethora of information for children of all ages. If you find the need for speed, or watching it anyway, check out Remington Park Horse Race Track. Just a few minutes west of downtown is Stockyards City, home to the world's largest livestock market. Oklahoma City's Adventure District is the center of family fun, including the Omniplex, the OmniDome, or Frontier City, a western-style theme park.
From concerts at the Ford Center, Civic Center Music Hall or Zoo Amphitheatre to the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Oklahoma, and Broadway shows at Lyric Theatre, there is something for everyone in Oklahoma City. The area offers a large scope of activities, opportunities and growth to delight residents and make them proud of the city they call home.