The district that we call home is a very unique place. District 4 is made up of 12 full counties plus part of another 3 counties. These counties make up a rough mix of a 65% urban and 35% rural population. Between all the counties, there is a total of 7 higher education institutions including Great Plains Tech, Moore Norman Tech, Mid-America Bible College, Murray State College, Cameron University, East Central University, and OU. The district extends from the Oklahoma City metro down to the Texas state line straddling the I-35/I-44 corridors. Major cities include Midwest City, Moore, Norman, Ada, Duncan, Lawton/Ft. Sill, and parts of southern Oklahoma City.
One shining example of American patriotism in District 4 is Ft. Sill outside Lawton. Ft. Sill, which sits 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, covers 94,000 acres. Ft. Sill was staked out in 1869 and built during the American Indian Wars. It has played a large role in every major American conflict since 1869 and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Turner Falls is located 6 miles outside of Davis in Murray County. Turner Falls boasts the tallest waterfall in the state, as considered by locals, at 77 feet. Turner Falls is located in the Arbuckle Mountains just off I-35. It began as a recreational area around 1868. The park covers over 1500 acres and contains nature trails, cabins, and other sites.
The state’s only school for the deaf is located in Sulfur. The Oklahoma School for the Deaf was established in 1907 when the 2 Oklahoma territories merged at statehood. In 1908, classes began and were held in rented buildings and hotels in the business district. Edna Patch was the first graduate in 1907. The school is currently serving 115 students from across the state.
The University of Oklahoma was founded in 1890 under the name of the Norman Territorial University in Oklahoma Territory. It didn’t become OU until statehood, when the 2 territories merged. The original campus was granted land ½ mile south of the railroad depot by Norman residents. Frank Lloyd Wright once described the architecture of OU as “Cherokee Gothic” when he visited and is characterized by over a dozen buildings on the older part of the main campus. OU today currently has 152 majors, a nationally recognized Honors College, and has students from all 50 states from over 100 different countries making up a student body of almost 32,000 people.