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OKC @ 125: Books on the frontier

by William Crum Published: March 26, 2014

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

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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