- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) - Plaques marking Oklahoma City’s forgotten history could soon be restored in Bicentennial Park.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1zGGAmy ) reports that the Parks Department will take plaques and markers out of storage and place them throughout the park.

They were originally moved so that Bicentennial Park, which was the former Civic Center park, could be reconstructed. Many of the plaques commemorate prominent Oklahoma City figures like astronaut Tom Stafford and civic leader Stanley Draper. The plaques have been in a secure location being watched over by the Oklahoma City police department’s trained German shepherds, whose kennels are housed in the same facility as a covered horse arena that was converted for storage.

Even though the commemorative plaques serve as reminders of history, no one is quite sure of the history of the plaques themselves. According to Parks Department spokeswoman Jennifer McClintock no one seems to know how the markers came to be in the old Civic park.

“It’s one of those city mysteries,” McClintock said. “We don’t really know very much about the history ourselves.” She says they were likely placed there in the 1930 and 1940s.

Some of the markers include tributes to 150th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and a simple limestone engraved with the words: “To Oklahoma Mothers from Girl Scouts.”

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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