Oklahoma City is marking is 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.
As the city marked its first decade, a library was created and two early civic leaders died.
• In 1897, Anton Classen leaves Edmond and moves to up-and-comer Oklahoma City, forever changing the city’s landscape.
• Women from the Philomathea Club create the city’s first public library in 1898 on the second floor of Farmers National Bank, at Sheridan and Robinson avenues.
• Two giants of city history fall to old age in 1899 with the loss of the first legal mayor, W.J. Gault, and land baron W.J. McClure.
• In 1900, a building boom peaks with new construction values reaching $1.2 million for the year.
Source: City of Oklahoma City