An area of downtown Oklahoma City, Bricktown was once a warehouse district, the first wholesale commercial district in the metro. In the early 1980's, development projects began to rejuvenate the Bricktown area. The area is already one of the region's more popular tourist destinations, and it has become the city's leading entertainment district.
On the morning of April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City became forever linked to one of the nation's most horrific events. Timothy McVeigh, who would later be executed for the crime, parked a truck full of explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The explosion was felt for miles, and 168 people were killed.
Originally constructed in 1972 and opened in 1974, the Conncourse, now called the Underground, is a system of tunnels beneath downtown Oklahoma City. It was originally named after banker Jack Conn who conceived the idea along with Donald Kennedy and Dean A. McGee. Construction cost $1.3 million, and it is about a mile long in total.