Oklahoma City (HD)
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There are more than 40 skyscrapers in Oklahoma City, most of which stand in the central business district. In the city, 16 buildings stand taller than 250 feet (76 m). The tallest building in Oklahoma City is the 36-story Chase Tower, which rises 500 feet (150 m) in the downtown area. The Chase Tower was completed in 1971 and stands as the fifth-tallest building in the state of Oklahoma. Another notable skyscraper is the First National Center, which stands as the second-tallest building in Oklahoma City and the sixth-tallest building in Oklahoma. Four of the ten tallest buildings in Oklahoma are located in Oklahoma City. With 48 high-rises, the city has more skyscrapers than any other city in Oklahoma besides Tulsa.
The history of skyscrapers in Oklahoma City began with the completion of the Colcord Hotel, Oklahoma City's first skyscraper. After oil was discovered in the area, the population of Oklahoma City grew significantly. As a result the city's skyline expanded, which featured a race to the top with the synchronous construction of First National Center and City Place Tower in the downtown area. Contemporary skyscrapers began to be built in the north and west sides of Oklahoma City, and later in the downtown area. In 1993, Oklahoma City voters approved the MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) program, which featured the construction of several distinct domestic facilities and restorations and expansions of other older ones. It was completed in 2004 and is deemed to be the first program of its kind for a city the size of Oklahoma City.
The under-construction Devon Tower, expected to be completed in 2013, would overtake the Chase Tower as the tallest building in Oklahoma City with a height of 850 feet (259 m). It would also become the tallest building in the state of Oklahoma, surpassing the BOK Tower in Tulsa. Upon completion, the 54-story building would occupy over 1,900,000 square feet (177,000 m2) and is estimated to cost $750 million (USD).
Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 31st among United States cities in population. The city's population, from the 2010 census, was 580,000, with an estimated metro-area population of 1,252,987. In 2010, the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,322,249 residents. Oklahoma City's city limits extend into Canadian, Cleveland, and Pottawatomiecounties, though much of those areas are suburban. The city ranks as the eighth-largest city in the United States by land area (including consolidated city-counties; it is the largest city in the United States by land area whose government is not consolidated with that of a county).
Oklahoma City features one of the top livestock markets in the world. Oil, natural gas, and petroleum products are major components of the economy (the city is situated in the middle of an active oil field and oil derricks dot the capitol grounds). The federal government employs many at the Tinker Air Force Base and theUnited States Department of Transportation's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center. (These two sites house several offices of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Department's Enterprise Service Center, respectively.)
The city was founded during the Land Run of 1889, and grew to a population of over 10,000 within hours of its founding. The city was the scene of the April 19, 1995 bombing attack of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, in which 168 people lost their lives. It was the worst terror attack in the history of the United States before the attacks of September 11, 2001, and remains the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.
Oklahoma City lies along one of the primary travel corridors into Texas and Mexico, and is just hours by car to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Located in the Frontier Country region of the state, the city's northeast section lies in an ecological region known as the Cross Timbers. Since the time weather records have been kept, Oklahoma City has been struck by nine strong tornadoes, eight (E)-F4's and one F5. On May 3, 1999 parts of southern Oklahoma City and nearby communities suffered one of the most powerful tornadoes on record, an F-5 on the Fujita Scale, with wind speeds topping 318 mph (510 km/h). This tornado was part of the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
Discover Oklahoma Episode #953 09/21/13
Discover Oklahoma takes a look back at our Native American roots. Enjoy a refreshing look into Roman Nose State Park...check out the Comanche, Seminole, and the Red Earth Museums...and even take a cultural tour with the Cherokee.