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.