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 $415K
Lowest Price $64.9K
Highest Price $4M
Total Listings 822
Avg. Price/SQFT $183

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5317 Wisteria Drive, Oklahoma City

$3,995,000

5317 Wisteria Drive, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 8 Baths 9,634 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1039543

Rob Allen
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13100 N Westminster Drive, Oklahoma City

$3,750,000

13100 N Westminster Drive, Oklahoma City

2 Beds 1 Bath 952 SqFt Residential MLS® # 994385

Misty Pinion
DarlaEvanoffRealty@Gmail.ComOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

14815 Dalea Drive, Oklahoma City

$3,175,000

14815 Dalea Drive, Oklahoma City

4 Beds 7 Baths 9,862 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1034485

Alice Dahlgren
405-843-8448Oklahoma 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® # 1001834

Chip Adams
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2532 Somerset Place, Oklahoma City

$2,200,000

2532 Somerset Place, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 6 Baths 4,905 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1038345

Jenna Harper
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33 Ne 7th Street, Oklahoma City

$2,000,000

↓ $250,000

33 Ne 7th Street, Oklahoma City

2 Beds 2 Baths 2,336 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1012774

Emily Frosaker
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715 Nw 45th Street, Oklahoma City

$1,999,999

↓ $600,001

715 Nw 45th Street, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 5 Baths 6,038 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1033537

Hilary Miller
kathy.fowler@exprealty.netOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

5200 Verbena, Oklahoma City

$1,999,000

↓ $101,000

5200 Verbena, Oklahoma City

3 Beds 4 Baths 6,460 SqFt Residential MLS® # 995804

Lizz Caywood
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5716 Normandy Terrace, Oklahoma City

$1,995,000

5716 Normandy Terrace, Oklahoma City

3 Beds 6 Baths 5,951 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1044844

Diedra Barber
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2712 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City

$1,800,000

2712 Guilford Lane, Oklahoma City

5 Beds 6 Baths 5,529 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1039168

Anna Brown
405-843-8188Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

2701 Elmhurst Avenue, Oklahoma City

$1,790,000

↓ $85,000

2701 Elmhurst Avenue, Oklahoma City

4 Beds 7 Baths 6,319 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1023223

Joy Baresel
oklahomacity@engelvoelkers.comOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

2433 Nw Grand Circle, Oklahoma City

$1,775,000

2433 Nw Grand Circle, Oklahoma City

4 Beds 6 Baths 6,911 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1036230

David Oliver
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3548 Sw 160th Street, Oklahoma City

$1,700,000

3548 Sw 160th Street, Oklahoma City

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,178 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1027519

Chuck Stacy
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38 Ne 7th Street, Oklahoma City

$1,655,000

38 Ne 7th Street, Oklahoma City

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,481 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1043712

Jenna Harper
office@sagesir.comOklahoma City Metro Association of Realstors Logo

36 Ne 7th Street, Oklahoma City

$1,655,000

36 Ne 7th Street, Oklahoma City

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,481 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1043710

Jenna Harper
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