"Rite of Passage" Norman by mrclay2000

Norman Travel Guide: 54 reviews and 90 photos

Typical College Town

Like Oklahoma City, Norman grew up as a direct result of the 1889 Land Run that opened 2 million acres for settlement for homesteaders. The following year in 1890, seventeen years ahead of statehood, the University of Oklahoma was formed, at the time a tuition-free institution. Norman began to expand. Elegant houses from the period still stand near campus or throughout the city limits, and certain areas have been listed on the national register for historic site or districts. With a normal enrollment of over 20,000 students, the options around town are often based on campus life, but while the downtown area is still a somber reminder of more carefree days, much of Norman is still developing. New hotels, new businesses, and new resources commit to the community every year, making Norman one of the most ideal neighborhoods in the entire state.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Never far away from the amenities of city life
  • Cons:The frat house is never really far away from YOUR house
  • In a nutshell:A small city, nestled comfortably between big city and little town lifestyles
  • Last visit to Norman: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated Apr 14, 2004
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  • Apr 6, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    That was City National Bank in the 60s and 70s

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    Mar 4, 2006 at 8:21 AM

    Absolutely outstanding photos and descriptions of Norman. On our next visit we will be looking for those red phone booths! Good job.

  • Feb 23, 2006 at 1:45 AM

    mrclay, did you attend The University of Oklahoma ?

  • thecatsmeow's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2004 at 7:50 PM

    Nice job on the tour of buildings. I have family in Norman and have strolled about the campus in Norman. Actually I have family everywhere in Oklahoma. I am one of the only ones who is not there. =^oo^=

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    Sep 21, 2003 at 2:01 PM

    I thought I liked architecture. Great stuff about historical influences . . . I was here in '93 and spent most of my time on the OU campus. Too bad it wasn't football season.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2003 at 1:32 PM

    Why do the Sooners and the Cornhuskers share the same color combination? Does it have something to do with the wattled crane? Good page on the ol' alma mater.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2003 at 10:57 PM

    You never know what you're going to find in these places you've never heard of before.

  • dave_21's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2003 at 4:24 AM

    Brilliant Photos, and as always very interesting reading and the subject is always very accurate with the photos! Great page.

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2003 at 10:06 AM

    The mastadon is always a crowd pleaser. Seems like a good natural history museum out there in the plains.


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