In the 1970s, the city honors a longtime business and civic leader, and the Biltmore Hotel bites the dust.
• Conncourse construction begins downtown in April 1973; an estimated 30,000 people would use the pedestrian tunnel system at the height of its popularity.
• A statue of Stanley Draper, who led the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce from 1919 to 1968, is unveiled in November 1974 on the Civic Center Park lawn.
• In 1975, Putnam City graduate and Sooners standout Alvan Adams is drafted by the Phoenix Suns. That season, Adams is named NBA rookie of the year.
• In 1976, Oklahoma City installs the Bicentennial pavilion on the east side of Civic Center Park in honor of the country’s 200th anniversary.
• An estimated 30,000 people crowd downtown on Oct. 16, 1977, to witness the demolition of the 45-year-old Biltmore Hotel to make way for the Myriad Gardens.
Source: City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.