In many areas of the country, Oklahoma City is known only for two things. The first, of course, is the frequency of tornadoes. Yes, there's no denying that OKC has a high natural disaster risk, but most longtime residents are quite used to dealing with severe weather. We're cautious and respectful of the dangers, and we know how to prepare for them.
Any notoriety we have nationally also comes from the terrible events of April 19, 1995 when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed. And while it's a shame that many across the country don't know all that you've read in this tutorial, this horrific act is an important part of who we are, not for the deed itself but for Oklahoma City's reaction to it.
Take one day to visit the powerful Oklahoma City National Memorial, and you'll know exactly what I mean. After all, Oklahoma City 101 would be lacking without understanding just a bit about the people.
Only the BeginningNow is probably the moment where you look at the clock and realize this step by step through the basics of Oklahoma City wasn't quite as quick as I led you to believe. Well, you do have my apologies. Believe it or not, this is only the tip of the iceberg on our great city.
I sincerely hope you frequently stop by About.com to continue your Oklahoma City education.