The area that is now Oklahoma County was opened to settlement by the Run of 1889. Although it did not originally have the State Capitol, a vote of the people made the county seat, Oklahoma City, the capital city where the Capitol was eventually built.
In 1928, when oil was discovered in the county, petroleum products became a major part of the economy. Oklahoma County is now the economic center of the state. It is the chief market for the state's livestock and agricultural industries, as well as the major wholesaling and jobbing center for the area. The major sources of income in central Oklahoma are oil, agriculture, manufacturing, business and government.
A leading medical center in the southwest, Oklahoma is readily accessible by all modes of transportation. Cultural and recreational opportunities abound throughout the county. Local points of interest include Remington Park Race Track, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, and the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Location: Oklahoma County is in central Oklahoma.
Climate: The average precipitation is 47.1 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 42.0 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 80.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
County Seat: Oklahoma City
Distances: Oklahoma City to: Ardmore - 97 miles Lawton - 98 miles Tulsa - 115 miles Woodward - 140 miles
Land Area: 718 square miles of level plains with two major lakes and two major streams