Oklahoma City was born overnight on April 22, 1889 when unassigned prairie lands in the Oklahoma Territory were opened for settlement. Over 10,000 claims for homesteads were made in one afternoon. It was designated the state capital, following Guthrie, in 1910. Though the city expanded from day one, it really hit 'paydirt' on December 4, 1928 when the first oil well within the city limits struck a gusher. Not only the economy was changed after that day. The skyline changed also, with oil well derricks springing up everywhere. One of the most famous gushers was the Mary Sudik which blew for 11 days and spewed oil as far away as 15 miles. Today, there are still producing wells on the state capital grounds. Not only the oil fields contribution to the economy blossomed, but also the related fields in manufacturing.
In 1964, the downtown area of OKC, as the city is known affectionately by its residents, was scheduled for re-development. The result is a beautiful and striking area with greenhouses, lakes, water concourses, and landscaped hills among its features. .
Wesley United Methodist Church
Some twenty-five blocks north of downtown and two or three miles westward, there stand on Classen Boulevard some beautiful churches, such as the Wesley United Methodist Church. Built in 1927 in pure English Gothic, this church once stood proudly and almost alone on one of our classier thoroughfares. Now crowded around by Vietnamese businesses and a little urban decay, the red-brick exterior is still imposing, and its high gable, wide transepts and long nave still make this church one of the most attractive throughout the city.
Coffee and more
This a very nice coffee house with excellent coffee. We did not eat there, but they have a pretty extensive breakfast and lunch menu and a very tempting pastry display. An added benefit is that they have free wireless internet access (30 minutes). The decor features coffee apparatuses of all sorts - it is a very pleasant place for a coffee break.
Central High School
One of the oldest buildings in the downtown area, Central High School used to be the high school for Oklahoma City students in the first few quarters of this century (hence, the building is also known as Oklahoma High School). Listed on the national register of historic places, this building (in the Late Gothic Revival style) is now the home of SBC Communications, and has since been renamed One Bell Plaza.
First Lutheran Church - the Altar
The single most becoming object in the sanctuary's interior is the altar. Altogether the nave is simple, if not plain. The mellow tone of its interior is scarcely improved by the lighting from the stained glass windows, which appear uniform in design from a distance. To gain admittance, ring the bell at the functional entrance on the south side. The secretary will see to your needs.