Land run camp turned into thriving college town.

Our story is Oklahoma’s story.

Norman was an open prairie in unassigned lands until destiny delivered a railroad station and settlers to this rich community. This city was named for Abner E. Norman and “Norman’s Camp” when he was charged to survey the land for settlement. In the years surrounding the 1889 Land Run,  the territorial legislature authorized the University of Oklahoma to be established in the community, with the university’s first classes taking place in 1892. Its presence has become an economic driver for Norman, as well as the state of Oklahoma.


In the 1920s at an unassuming house in Norman, six Kiowa Nation students redefined what it means to be an American artist.

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