As the Depression wanes and the war years approach, the Civic Center opens downtown and an airfield named for Will Rogers is established.
• City Hall, the Oklahoma County Court house, the old City Jail, and the Municipal Auditorium, now Civic Center Music Hall, open to the public in 1937.
• Grocer Sylvan Goldman files the patent in 1938 for his “folding basket carrier,” known today as the shopping cart.
• Don McNeill of Oklahoma City wins the 1939 French Championships tennis tournament.
• In 1940, the reign of OKC crime lord Orban Patterson ends after his conviction on federal bribery and income tax evasion charges.
• Will Rogers Field opens southwest of Oklahoma City in June 1941 to serve as a training facility for aerial photography and bombing crews.
Source: City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.