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

by William Crum Published: April 11, 2014

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
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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