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"Who would ever have thought it would happen in Oklahoma City?"
Destruction covered a 20 block area; over 300 buildings were damaged or destroyed, 16 needed torn down. Little did anyone guess that the morning of April 19, 1995 would forever change Oklahoma City.
The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, a nine-story, reinforced concrete frame structure designed in 1974 held seventeen agencies and 361 occupants.¹ Regional offices for the Social Security Administration and the United States Secret Service found a home here. The building contained recruiting offices for both the Army and the Marine Corps. The structure connected to a plaza and a four-level underground parking garage. Built to capitalize on available natural light, the north façade flaunted a full height window/wall system. No match for a weapon so large and too close to the building. Structurally, little could have prevented extensive damage to the Murrah building. Today's federal buildings, including the Oklahoma City Federal Building, encompass safety features engineered from the lessons of that day.
The Oklahoma City bombing narrative weaves its way through small town America. The story starts in Pendleton, New York, and Decker, Michigan the homes of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, respectively. It continues at Fort Riley, Kansas where they meet entering the army and unfolding with the events of Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho. The hometowns and families of the 168 people who passed away that morning stretch from Africa² to New Mexico.³ Their lives forever intertwined in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building that morning. All these people and places are an integral part of this tragic story.
Did You Know?
The Oklahoma City National Memorial sits on 3.3 acres (1.33 hectares) of land on the site of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building. More...