Oklahoma City

A little more than a century ago, the site of Oklahoma City was a grass-and-timbered land of gently rolling hills flattening out into prairie. Today, Oklahoma City sprawls across 625 square miles of America's heartland. Its metro population numbers over a million - one third of the population of the entire state.

During the 1800's, the U.S. government forcibly relocated Indian tribes from all over the country into the area known as Oklahoma Territory. There was one parcel of land that was never given over to any tribe - the Unassigned Lands.

In the 1880's, many frontier Americans wanted to move into this land. Soon, landless pioneers began slipping over into this area without authorization. These were the "Boomers," who were trying to force the government into opening the territory up to homesteaders.

On March 2, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation that opened up the Unassigned Lands. So, on April 22, 1889, about 50,000 homesteaders gathered at the boundaries. Some people snuck over at night to stake out prime land early, hiding from the army patrols. These people were known as "Sooners."

At noon, the cannon roared, and the hordes of people streamed over the line on wagons and buckboards, horseback, on foot and even on bicycles. Soon, nearly 10,000 people had staked out claims near the Oklahoma Station - what today is Oklahoma City. Claim jumping was common, as were boundary quarrels that led to fights and considerable bloodshed. Tents were thrown up in haphazard fashion, and mass confusion reigned supreme.

Congress had made no provision for city government, so leaders had to be chosen to restore order. A provisional government was selected, and elections were held on May 1 to select permanent officials. A month after the Land Run, the Commercial Club was formed, which was later renamed the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber began attracting railroads to Oklahoma City, and the new town was well on its way to economic prosperity.

By 1900, the population had doubled.

When statehood came for Oklahoma on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma City was a center of commerce. The Chamber attracted industry and a number of packing plants in what is now Stockyards City. Back then it was known as Packing Town.

In 1910, with a population of 64,000, there was a petition to move the state capitol from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. With enough signatures, there was a popular vote, which Oklahoma City won.

That night, Governor Charles Haskell and a group of conspirators gathered at the Lee-Huckins Hotel. After a midnight trip to Guthrie to retrieve the State Seal, the governor declared the hotel the temporary capitol building. The permanent state capitol, located at Lincoln and 23rd Avenue, was dedicated in 1917.

On December 4, 1928, oil was discovered on the corner of SE 59th and Bryant Ave. in Oklahoma City. In the 27 days before the great gusher could be capped, it spewed 110,496 barrels of oil. The Oklahoma City Field had been discovered, creating the city's most important financial resource and making Oklahoma City the world's newest boom town. Oil continues to be one the most important players in the city's economy.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $426K
Lowest Price $50K
Highest Price $6.5M
Total Listings 1,208
Avg. Price/SQFT $182

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14200 Gaillardia Lane, Oklahoma City

$6,495,000

14200 Gaillardia Lane, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 7 Baths 14,436 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1101232

Cole Strickland Metro Mark RealtorsOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

518 Colcord Drive, Oklahoma City

$4,250,000

518 Colcord Drive, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 9 Baths 16,500 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1102938

Chris George Chinowth & CohenOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

5317 Wisteria Drive, Oklahoma City

$3,750,000

5317 Wisteria Drive, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 8 Baths 9,634 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1109894

Rob Allen Sage Sotheby's RealtyOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

6119 Nw Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City

$3,700,000

6119 Nw Grand Boulevard, Oklahoma City

4 Beds 7 Baths 7,335 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1101183

Jennifer Oliver Sage Sotheby's RealtyOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

5001 Carrington Place, Oklahoma City

$3,300,000

↓ $100,000

5001 Carrington Place, Oklahoma City

6 Beds 9 Baths 8,633 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1102438

Amber Dawson Prime Realty Inc.Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

1644 Queenstown Road, Oklahoma City

$3,150,000

1644 Queenstown Road, Oklahoma City

4 Beds 6 Baths 7,000 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1111705

Paige Dougherty Metro First ExecutivesOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

12901 Rohan Court, Oklahoma City

$3,125,000

12901 Rohan Court, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 8 Baths 9,144 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1083963

Alex Chang Ace Group Realty LLCOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

2823 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City

$3,100,000

2823 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 7 Baths 6,364 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1091481

Joy Baresel Engel & Voelkers Oklahoma CityOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

2825 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City

$3,000,000

2825 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 7 Baths 6,364 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1090697

Joy Baresel Engel & Voelkers Oklahoma CityOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

5400 Pulchella Lane, Oklahoma City

$2,995,000

↓ $155,000

5400 Pulchella Lane, Oklahoma City

6 Beds 8 Baths 7,830 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1098066

Wyatt Poindexter The AgencyOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

7414 N Country Club Drive, Oklahoma City

$2,950,000

7414 N Country Club Drive, Oklahoma City

4 Beds 7 Baths 8,616 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1107352

Kermit Brown Sage Sotheby's RealtyOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

7900 N Bryant Avenue, Oklahoma City

$2,800,000

7900 N Bryant Avenue, Oklahoma City

4 Beds 5 Baths 3,911 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1109986

Chip Adams Adams Family Real Estate LLCOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

2827 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City

$2,800,000

2827 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 7 Baths 5,874 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1091471

Joy Baresel Engel & Voelkers Oklahoma CityOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

14101 Shoreline Boulevard, Oklahoma City

$2,500,000

14101 Shoreline Boulevard, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 6 Baths 5,544 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1112145

Matthew Simms Simms RealtyOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

729 Nw 38th Street, Oklahoma City

$2,500,000

729 Nw 38th Street, Oklahoma City

10 Beds 13 Baths 10,993 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1103341

Laura Robertson Keller Williams Central OK EDOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo