OKC Civic Affairs


OKC @ 125: Streetcars, religion, gambling and the news

by William Crum Published: March 27, 2014

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.

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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