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Picture of Jim Argo with camera on tripod

Oklahoma City Through the Eyes of Jim Argo
Selections from the Jim Argo Collection

Jim Argo was the photo editor at the Oklahoman
for over 40 years. He was inducted into the Oklahoma
Journalism Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Oklahoma
Historian's Hall of Fame in 2011. 

National Memorial OKC

Oklahoma City National Memorial, April 2000
The memorial honors the victims, survivors, 
rescuers, and all those affected by the OKC
bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
building on April 19, 1995.

Centennial Fountain, at United Way Plaza, Sept. 2004

Centennial Fountain, at United Way Plaza, Sept. 2004
The fountain was dedicated as a lasting tribute to the 
revitalization of OKC's Bricktown area and the state's
first 100 years.

Picture of sculpture Galaxy, created by Alexander Liberman.

"Galaxy" at Leadership Square, June 1997
Sculpted by Alexander Liberman, the massive
45 foot sculpture was dedicated in 1985.

OKC Skyline over looking Myriad Gardens with Christmas Lights.

Downtown OKC Skyline, December 2006
The skyline overlooking Crystal Bridge at
the Myriad Gardens, aglow with holiday lights.

Bronze Statue of Mickey Mantle swinging a bat, May 1998

Mickey Mantle Statue, Chickasaw
Bricktown Ballpark, May 1998

Mantle, a native son of Oklahoma raised in Commerce,
played 12 World Series games during the 18 years he
played for the Yankees leading them to 7 World Championships.

Boat on the Bricktown Canal

Bricktown Canal, April 2003
Opened in 1999, the mile-long canal links
Bricktown and the Oklahoma River.

Oklahoma Capitol dome.

Oklahoma's Capitol Dome, 2002
Where a colossal Native American, The Guardian, 
stands prominently atop. The statue, created by
Enoch Kelly Haney, was installed on June 7, 2002. 

Replica of the special Lockheed airplane Wiley Post flew.

Winnie Mae, December 2005
A replica of the special Lockheed airplane flown
by famed Oklahoma aviator, Wiley Post that hangs
in the atrium of the Oklahoma History Center. 

Kerr McGee Water Fountain Plaza, before 2006

Kerr McGee Water Fountain Plaza,
before 2006

The park opened with the Kerr McGee tower in 1972.
The entire campus was renovated in 2007 when
SandRidge Energy purchased the building
turning the fountain into a planter.

Lighthouse on Lake Hefner at sunset.

Lake Hefner, August 2001
The lake, built in 1947 to expand OKC's water supply,
also serves as a recreational destination named after 
Robert Hefner Oklahoma City mayor from 1939-1947.

Bronze sculpture of cowboy with lasso and steer.

Headin' To Market, in Stockyard City,
April 2003

Created by Harold T. Holden the statute overlooks the
Oklahoma National Stockyards the world's largest stocker
and feeder cattle market. This was the first Oklahoma
Centennial sculpture completed.

Pedestrian Bridge at Myriad Gardens, Oct. 2003

Pedestrian Bridge at Myriad Gardens,
October 2003

The jewel of OKC, the Myriad Gardens was part of a
downtown urban renewal project called Pei Plan dreamed
up by city leader's and legendary architect I.M. Pei
in the late 1960's.

Skyline of Bricktown OKC at night, April 2003

Skyline of Bricktown, April 2003
In 1993 OKC residents approved the first MAPS program,
which revitalized the area and laid the foundation for
the trendy entertainment district we know today.

View of OKC central business district

Oklahoma City Skyline, 2006
An artistic view of OKC looking east at the
heart of the OKC central business district.


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