NORMAN — We don’t expect any cake and that many candles might be dangerous but today is the unofficial 125th birthday of Norman.
The town, now a city, materialized on April 22, 1889, when a land run opened settlement to homesteaders. People came from throughout the country and overseas to take part in the land run.
Norman didn’t attract early settlers like Oklahoma City, Guthrie and Kingfisher. It may have been a lack of publicity on the Boomers, the folks who snuck in before the run day.
The early homes were mostly tents. Businesses were “squares,” pre-fabricated wooden, 12-foot-by-12-foot buildings, which went up quickly and helped eliminate differing claims of ownership.
The city’s official ’89er Day parade and celebration was April 12. We hope our city council takes note of the anniversary at tonight’s meeting.
The statue of our town’s namesake, Abner Norman, will be watching from outside city hall.
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