November 16, 2007

The Oklahoma Capitol Complex and Centennial Commemoration Commission was formed in 1998 to plan the state’s celebration of its 100th year. Nearly 1,000 projects were completed through the Centennial Commission’s $31 million in funding, including decorating downtown Oklahoma City with almost 100 uniquely painted buffalo statues, helping fund a USS Oklahoma memorial at Pearl Harbor, and adding the Dome to the State Capitol. The festivities also included numerous events statewide, culminating in the Guthrie Statehood Day Reenactment, Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular, and the Inaugural Ball on November 16-17, 2007.

Centennial Buffalo
A decorated buffalo outside the Centennial Commission in downtown Oklahoma City, part of the Spirit of the Buffalo centennial project, July 2004

View images of the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular in this article in the Tulsa World.

Photo credit: Oklahoma State Archives, RG 218-5-2 Centennial Commission, Box 1 Folder 36