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Oklahoma City @ 125: Alvan Adams arrives in the NBA

by William Crum Published: April 12, 2014
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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.

by William Crum
Reporter
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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