This is the second part of the series on the rise of OKC in the early years of the 20th century.
This is the second part of the series on the rise of OKC in the early years of the 20th century. Here we look at city, county, state, and federal government installations that provided services to residents and businesses and in the process provided jobs and expenditures that contributed to the growth of OKC. Though some begrudge taxes and denounce government in general, those who study the economic development of nations agree that government is a crucial precondition of businesses and residents settling any area. In the long run, after law and order is well-established and taken for granted, government is sought and valued primarily because of the jobs it brings. *
* There are exceptions such as mining camps and oil boom towns, but before law and order arises, most residents are armed men, gamblers, sharp dealers, saloon keepers, and hookers.
OKC’s first, lawless year is detailed in Albert McRill and Larry Johnson, “And Satan Came Also,” OKC: Full Circle Press, 2013.