Norman, Oklahoma depicts a city from humble beginnings, which started as a tent city in 1889. It is now the third-largest city in the state and the center of some prominent educational and environmental institutions, including The University of Oklahoma. The University is the largest one in the region. It was built in 1890 and sits on land donated by Oklahoma city citizens.
Norman holds some of the most significant American histories from the 1900s racial divide. It wasn’t until 1960 that African Americans could both enter the city and stay overnight. It was during this time of segregation that the town got the nickname of a “sundown town.”
- Norman was named after Abner Norman, an Oklahoma city surveyor.
- In 1903, the success of the Louisiana purchase resulted in Norman becoming a part of the United States.
- Norman is found in “Tornado Valley,” a region in Oklahoma prone to tornadoes. The Norman Tornado season lasts between March and June. During this period, 80% of the reported tornadoes occur.
- The Oklahoma Museum of Natural History: This museum is located on the University of Oklahoma campus. It houses 5 million historical and environmental artifacts.
- Sooner Theater: The Sooner Theater was the first in the region to feature talking picture shows. Today, it’s a nonprofit theater that hosts year-round classes and full theatrical performances.
- Lake Thunderbird State Park: This state park is full of boat ramps, picnic areas, and riding stables. Locals also enjoy year-round fishing here.