Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.
With the turn of the century, the city awarded a streetcar franchise, and the future of the city’s news media was cemented.
• The Metropolitan Railway Company is awarded the first streetcar franchise in 1901.
• In 1902, construction begins on St. Joseph’s Cathedral, NW 4 and Harvey. It is now the oldest building downtown.
• In 1903, E.K. Gaylord is brought in as a partner with Roy Stafford to publish The Oklahoman newspaper and form The Oklahoma Publishing Co.
• On Jan. 13, 1904, Red Kelly — “the man who shot the man who shot Jesse James” — dies after hand-to-hand combat with police officer Joe Burnett.
• Police Chief Charles Post forms the Flying Squadron in 1905 to carry out raids on gambling houses in Oklahoma City.