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Oklahoma City @ 125: Architectural fancy, a famous aviatrix and a historic speech

by William Crum Published: April 9, 2014
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With the fading of the 1950s, a geodesic dome destined to become a gold icon is erected, and a historic civil rights speech is delivered in Oklahoma City.

• The Gold Dome at NW 23 Street and Classen Boulevard opens in 1958 as a bank.

• In 1959, Oklahoma City aviatrix Jerrie Cobb is selected by NASA to undergo Mercury astronaut selection tests, the first woman to do so.

• The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is keynote speaker at a 1960 Freedom Rally of 1,500 people at Calvary Baptist Church in Deep Deuce.

• The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is established in 1961 to oversee projects for the redevelopment of “blighted” areas.

• In 1962, the city purchases 131 acres that would become the Martin Park Nature Center.

Source: City of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.

by William Crum
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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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