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Oklahoma City @ 125: Preservation, highway construction and Patience Latting

by William Crum Published: April 11, 2014
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As the 1960s turn to the 1970s, Patience Latting begins a historic tenure in the mayor’s office.

• Henson Cargill hits No. 1 on the charts with the song “Skip A Rope” in 1968.

• Heritage Hills is designated as the city’s first historic preservation district in 1969.

• Construction begins in 1970 on the West Bypass (now Interstate 44).

• On April 13, 1971, Patience Latting is sworn in as Oklahoma City’s first woman mayor. She will serve 12 years in office, more than any other mayor.

• In 1972, the Oklahoma City Police Department hires its first armed female officers.

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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