Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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The capital, and largest city, in the state of Oklahoma. The city was founded in 1889, after homesteaders in the area staked claims to farmlands that were originally Native American territories along the North Canadian River in what is now central Oklahoma. The town developed as an agricultural and livestock trading center but over time its economy grew and diversified to include the petroleum, aircraft, automobile, and electronics industries. In 1995, the city made international news when a deadly attack of domestic terrorism killed 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

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"Interstate 40, Oklahoma City, November 30, 2007" by Nicholas A. Tonelli is licensed under CC BY.

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