OKC Civic Affairs


Oklahoma City at 125: William Couch is elected provisional mayor

by William Crum Published: March 24, 2014

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

The Land Run was on Monday, April 22, 1889; the following week William Couch was elected provisional mayor . Three years later, the city had 7,600 residents.

• On May 1, 1889, provisional Mayor William Couch and two ward representatives are elected by a street vote of 1,300 residents of the Village of Oklahoma City.

• On July 15, 1890, Oklahoma City is incorporated as a tract of 400 acres.

• An 1891 ordinance requires men ages 21 to 45 to work four days a year on street improvements or pay a fine.

• Boomers flood Oklahoma Territory in 1892 for the Cheyenne-Arapaho land opening. The population of Oklahoma City increases by 7,600.

Source: City of Oklahoma City

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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