About Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Facts, Trivia and useful information
Elevation: 1,201 ft (366 m). Estimate (2013) 610,613. Population: 579,999 (2010).
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).
Oklahoma City is the Capital of Oklahoma State. It is known as "OKC", "The City". Its metro area has 1,320,000 residents.
The area around Oklahoma City has been inhabited for over ten thousand years, as proven by the nearby site at Luther, which dates back to 9,000 BP. The current Native Americans in Oklahoma were relocated there from their original territories in the eastern USA by the American government. The policy at the time was to resettle the natives west of the Mississippi River in the "Indian Territory". Later, in tle late 1880s, pressure to settle the area with European settlers led to a change in policy: the Oklahoma Territory was carved out of the Indian Territory (1890), and surplus land was acquired from the tribes to "open" it for settlement.
The land was settled by means of "Land Runs", where the future homesteaders rushed in to stake out and occupy their lot on a given day and time. It was a race to grab the land and it worked admiraly well.
Farming was the original economic base of the community and when Route 66 was aligned through the town in 1926, it brought a growing flow of travelers and prosperity until realigned in 1954 after the completion of two modern expressways on the northeastern part of Oklahoma City.
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Weather in Oklahoma City
Summers in the central part of Oklahoma are hot and humid. Winters are relatively mild (but snowstorms can happen) and the other seasons are subject to frequent variations. North winds prevail in winter and during summer those from the south and southeast.
The average yearly temperature is about 61.5°F (16.4°C). During winter the mean temperature is 39.2 °F (4 °C), with highs and lows between 48.5°F (9.2°C) and 25.6°F (-3.5°C).
Snow: around 7.9 inches fall every year (20.1 cm), mostly between December and March.
During summer the average temperature is 83.0 °F (28.3 °C) with average highs and lows of 94°F (34.5°C) and 71°F (21.5°C).
The average yearly rainfall is around 36.5 in. (928 mm). And Oklahoma City has some 84 rainy days per year. Most rain falls during summer.
Storms (thunderstorms) are common in spring and also summer; some may come with hail and strong winds, and also tornadoes. Tornadoes can hit at any time.
Oklahoma City's metro area is one of the most tornado-prone ones in the whole world: about 150 tornados have struk this area since 1890. Some of them were very strong (F5 on the Fujita scale, which is the maximum value).
Oklahoma City is located in the "Tornado Alley and experiences approximately 10 Tornado watches every year.
Tornado Risk: read more about Tornado Risk along Route66.
Getting to Oklahoma City
To the west, are Yukon (15 mi.) and
Map of Oklahoma City and Route66
Map of Oklahoma City and Route 66 in Oklahoma.
Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment; Red line: Interstate highways, where they overlap the old alignment.
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Route 66 itinerary to Oklahoma City
Route 66 in Oklahoma
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Lake Overholser Bridge
Overholser Bridge, Route 66 A. Whittall
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
It is part of OKC, though it is nearer Yukon
It combines two kinds of steel trusses: each end is a camelback Warren Pony Truss while the four central spans are Parker Through Trusses. It was built between 1924 and 1925, predating Route 66 which later incorporated it into its alignment for over three decades.
It was rehauled in 2001 and reopened to local vehicular traffic once again.