Oklahoma City Local Customs

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    It's Ice Cream, You Dig?

    by mrclay2000 Written Mar 29, 2003

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    Kaiser's Ice Cream

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, Kaiser's Ice Cream has been selling shakes and confections since its construction here in 1919. The building itself is no gem, nor does it command a majestic prominence, but as its original proprietor Anthony J. Kaiser would probably tell you, it's the product that keeps customers coming back.

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    Highrise Hello

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 30, 2003

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    First National Building

    Before skyscrapers assumed the characterless qualities of so many floors of glass and steel, true stone rather than concrete often composed the building material of the outward appearance. True artisans, hoping to beautify the monoliths rising in the city center, often shaped and chiseled decorative motifs or forms into the interior of the lobby, the hallways and meeting rooms, the outer floors, and often as far up on the outside as the eye could see.

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    Indian Heritage and Celebration

    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 4, 2003

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    Red Earth poster (from their website)

    Oklahoma has more Native Americans than any other state in the country. Every spring, representatives from over 100 tribes participate in the annual Red Earth Festival at the state fairgrounds, bringing with them their skill and talent, their artwork, their tradition, in many cases their own language, but in every venue, you'll discover the rich history and culture that still beats proudly in Native Americans everywhere.

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    Building Codes

    by mrclay2000 Updated Apr 17, 2003

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    BankOne Tower, Oklahoma City

    Downtown is roughly a heterogeneous skyline with few buildings truly standing out. Unlike Tulsa whose high-rises would tower over their shorter counterparts in Oklahoma City, most of the skyscrapers here do not steal the lion's share of attention. Our tallest building, the BankOne Tower (pictured here) is only 500 feet high, yet there are other modern high-rises that complement rather than concede its superlative stature.

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    Protesters and Petitioners

    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 17, 2003

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    murder victims represented in 2D red cut-outs

    In any capital city, town halls are liable to be crowded with individuals and groups pushing forward their agendas. Sometimes the group has powerful backers able to reach the legislative ear directly, while others have to resort to homegrown picket signs, lurid slogans, or even some gimmick to raise attention. While not every cause is useful or important to many outside the group, often the most pressing issues are still in stasis rather than statute. In this image, cut-outs representing murder victims bask in the sunlight and spotlight under the rotunda of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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    Cowboys. . .

    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 17, 2003

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    Riders of the Range, and State Capitol Dome

    Will Rogers, one of Oklahoma's most favored sons, was present and even presiding during the unveiling of this bronze sculpture by Constance Warren, whose works also stand in Paris and New York. On May 30, 1930, this tribute to the "romantic riders of the range" made its first appearance before state officials and local citizens, and was made possible by solicitations from Justice Albert C. Hunt of the Oklahoma State Supreme Court.

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    ...and Indians

    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 17, 2003

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    As Long As the Waters Flow

    Though Oklahoma boasts more Indians than any other state, it was not until 1989 that this monument to our Indian history and heritage was erected as a counterpoise to the rearing cowboy on the opposite side of the front stairs. Entitled "As Long As the Waters Flow," by Allan Haozous, the sculpture represents a Chiracahua Apache woman, a tribe in a vast minority in this state (and not one of the so-called "Five Civilized Tribes" in the majority, the Creeks, Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws and Seminoles.)

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    Built on a Homesteading Blitz

    by mrclay2000 Updated Mar 29, 2003

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    89er Statue (Couch Dr, downtown)

    Oklahoma City stems directly from the claims of some 50,000 homesteaders who, on a gunshot signal at noon, April 22, 1889, flew helter-skelter over the plains to stake a claim in the newly-opened Indian Territory. Directly below Leadership Square on the median opposite, a statue commemorates this historic fact. The plaque reads:

    Strong Men and Women Came Upon a Raw Land

    With Vision
    They Spanned Rivers and Prairies and Mountains

    With Determination
    They Created Schools - Churches - Farms - Factories
    They Lifted Great Buildings to the Skies
    They Drilled Deep Wells into the Rich Earth

    With Thankfulness to their God
    They are Still Pioneering - Still Achieving
    And Still Exploring Future Frontiers

    Passerby – Look About and Ask This Question
    Where Else Within a Single Life Span
    Has Man Built So Mightily?

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    Under the Lights

    by mrclay2000 Written Apr 8, 2003

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    winged dragons, an ornate lighting example

    Although I have found very few examples of what I would call the ornate "European" lamp in the United States, I sorely wish we would build more of them. Public lamps and natural water courses make for the coziest atmosphere and romantic settings, yet we seldom arrange affairs this way in the United States in general, and in Oklahoma City in particular. Most of our downtown lamps follow the style depicted, an ordinary cluster of plain spheres. In this particular example however, at least (and this is not saying much) the branches are formed of dragon's heads before ballooning into the bulbs (coincidentally, this happens to be the lighting in front of the CityChurch -- see Must See tips).

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  • You will find most people in...

    by southpaw1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    You will find most people in Oklahoma City to be friendly and willing to offer assistance whenever possible. Overall, the atmosphere of the city is very 'casual' and you will find this reflected in the dress and behavior of most residents. While Oklahoma owes much to its Western heritage, most 'Cowboys' in Oklahoma City today are urbanites trying to project a 'Garth Brooks music video' image.

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    Stats

    by jedd43 Updated Apr 4, 2004

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    The population of Oklahoma City is approximately 444,719.
    The approximate number of families is 212,367.
    The amount of land area in Oklahoma City is 1575.131 sq. kilometers.

    The amount of surface water is 38.514 sq kilometers.

    Oklahoma City is positioned 35.46 degrees north of the equator and 97.51 degrees west of the prime meridian.

    Oklahoma City elevation is 1,276 feet above sea level.
    Oklahoma City location: in central Oklahoma.

    The weather in Oklahoma City is a little bit of everything! Winter winds and wind chill cause the temperature to go even lower than the average in the 30's. In the summers, the wind is still there, but helps to cool off the hot, humid days and nights. There is an average annual humidity of about 64 percent.
    Oklahoma City average annual snowfall is 9 inches per year.
    And let's not forget those Tornados .
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    OKLAHOMA.State flag & facts....

    by Routeman Written Aug 25, 2002

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    OKLAHOMA.State flag & facts. STATE NICKNAME: The Sooner State, STATE CAPITOL: Oklahoma City, STATE SONG: 'Oklahoma', STATE ADMITTED: 1907, 46th State.

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    Wiping the windows, checking...

    by Routeman Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Wiping the windows, checking the oil, airing up the tires, and topping off the fluid in the radiator. That's how it went in the 50's at Will Roger's airport, Oklahoma city.

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