Norman, Oklahoma

Norman is located in the central part in the state of Oklahoma.

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Norman is the third largest city in the state of Oklahoma with a population of 110,925 residents (2010).

About Norman

City of Festivals. Norman hosts many free festivals throughout the year. Norman is known for its higher education and related research industries. Norman is home to the the largest university in the state. The University of Oklahoma. The city is ranked in the top 10 as the best small city within the United States to live in.

To See And To Do In Norman

Norman's Historic Downtown

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum Of Natural History

Fred Jones Jr. Museum Of Art

MAINSITE Contemporary Art

Tribes 131 Native American Fine Art

Forward Foods

Brandt Park

The Crucible, Foundry, Gallary, Sculpture Garden.

Riverwind Casino

George M. Sutton Wilderness Park

The Moore-Lindsay House

History Of Norman

In 1870, the 23-year-old surveyor Abner Norman and his crew came to the area in what is today the corner of Classen and Lindsey streets. The surveyor's crew set up camp there and burned the words NORMAN'S CAMP into an elm tree to taunt their younger supervisor. In 1887, the railway began service to the area. In 1889, settlers took part in a Land Run. The next morning a downtown was already being constructed and the settlers decided to keep the name Norman. The daily newspaper, the Norman Transcript, started the same year. In 1890, the University of Oklahoma was established in Norman. In 1891, the city of Norman was formally incorporated. In 1894, the fire department was established.

In 1919, the police department was established. In 1928, the actor James Garner was born in Norman. In 2005, a young student, who had gone through several severe bouts of depression, committed suicide using an explosive attached to his body. The blast took place less than 200 yards west of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Over 84,000 spectators were attending a football game, but no one else was killed.

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