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The city was settled in a frenzied "Land Run" in 1889, in which the then unassigned land was set to be opened to settlers to dash in and stake a claim. Within hours of its founding, it was suddenly populated by over 10,000 inhabitants. It was made the state capital in 1910, taking the place of Guthrie.
Today, Oklahoma City is known for its sprawling size, downtown area, skyline, livestock industry, signature yellow water taxis, canals and riverfront, oil industry, conservationism and participation in the anti-pollution Clean Air Act, and modern botanical garden.
People Born in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City in People's Lives
Hanna Merjos: I traveled here in 2015.
Kanye West: I flew here in 2007 to attend the funeral of my mother, Donda. We had always been very close, and I was devastated. I later said in an interview, "It was like losing an arm and a leg and trying to walk through that."
Orlando Bloom: I traveled here in 2004 to film scenes of the movie Elizabethtown.