Oklahoma City is the site of the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil prior to the September 11th attacks. It occurred in 1995 in downtown Oklahoma City, when Timothy McVeigh parked an explosives-filled truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The truck exploded, and the building was destroyed. One hundred sixty-eight lives were lost in a flash, and over 650 more people were injured. Within a 16-block radius, over 300 other buildings were either damaged or destroyed.
Today, the Oklahoma City National Memorial pays tribute to the victims of that horrific act. It features the Survivor Tree, the Journal Record Building, Gate of Time and Reflecting Pool, and a field of symbolic chairs, one for each person lost. The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is held each year in the downtown area to remember the victims and celebrate life.
While the city will always remember this tragedy, efforts to rebuild and move forward have resulted in a revitalized downtown area, and rental apartments Oklahoma City has to offer can be found in any part of this resilient metropolis.