Norman, Oklahoma

Norman is located in the central part and is the third largest city in the U.S. State of Oklahoma. The 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 largest university in the state. The University of Oklahoma. The city is ranked in the top 10 as the best small city in 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
  • The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

History Of Norman - Timeline

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 and High Gate College opened. In 1891, the city of Norman was formally incorporated. In 1894, the fire department was established. In 1899, the Moore–Lindsay House was built. William and Agnes Moore worked in the real estate business and founded the company Norman Building and Loan Association.

In 1900, about 2.200 people lived in Norman. In 1909, the Norman Depot was constructed. In 1919, the police department was established. In 1923, the first game was played at the newly built Memorial Stadium. In 1928, the actor James Garner was born in Norman, and the Bizzell Memorial Library, a five-story brick structure, was built. In 1933, the Post Office was built. In 1955, the Bavinger House was completed, and Life magazine featured the house in its September issue.

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.