Oklahoma City was founded during the great land rush of 1889. It reached a population of 10,000 in just a few hours. Today its population is over 600,000 (and growing) with over a million in the Metro. Located almost exactly in the center of the state, it is the capital of Oklahoma. In the late 1900s downtown Oklahoma City became devastated because of white flight and the move to the suburbs. Then, during the Urban Renewal days of the early 1980s, controversial urban planning allowed for the destruction of almost 50 historic buildings. Now it is undergoing a renaissance with some wonderful restaurants and shops. Examples include the Biltmore Hotel, which was imploded to make way for the I. M. Pei-designed Myriad Botanical Gardens. Bricktown is a hot area within the city proper. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed in 1995, killing 168 innocent people, and is now a moving memorial. The economy is booming courtesy of the oil industry's new growth in the region. Photos of water taxi in Bricktown section of town courtesy of Wikipedia and Soonerfever.