• 9:03 gate framed by blooming Oklahoma Redbuds in the spring.

    Oklahoma City

    National Memorial Oklahoma


Downtown Oklahoma City c.1950's
Downtown Oklahoma City c. 1950's
Oklahoma Historical Society

"Who would ever have thought it would happen in Oklahoma City?"
Clint Dedek, Chief Investigator of Oklahoma County (The Daily Oklahoman, 04/20/95)

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.

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.

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