Norman: 1889-1949

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On April 22, 1889, the federal government opened the unassigned lands in central Oklahoma for settlement. Entrepreneurs, cattlemen, and farmers, all seeking new opportunities, anxiously staked their claim to town lots and 160-acre homesteads. From their tents on Norman's Main Street, businessmen started to sell their wares. Tents soon gave way to wooden shacks and, finally, two-story brick buildings. By the beginning of the 20th century, Norman was a bustling frontier town that quickly matured into a trade center, a county seat, and a university town. In the 1940s, Norman became the home of the Naval Air Technical Training Center, a naval base constructed to train navy pilots and ground support crews for World War II.
ISBN: 9781467110488
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oklahoma
Series: Images of America
Images: 201
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This book comes to life through the wonderful array of photographs in the Cleveland County Historical Society archives. Suzanne H. Schrems, PhD, and Lt. Col. Vernon R. Maddux, USMC (Ret.), are residents of Norman and board members of the Cleveland County Historical Society. Both are adjunct professors of history and authors of books on Oklahoma and the American West. The authors' proceeds from this book go directly to the Cleveland County Historical Society and its support of Norman's Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum.
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