Moore, Oklahoma

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Moore, Oklahoma
Location of Moore, Oklahoma
Location of Moore, Oklahoma
Coordinates: Coordinates: 35°20′20″N 97°29′15″W / 35.33889°N 97.48750°W / 35.33889; -97.48750
CountryUnited States
 • Total21.9 sq mi (56.7 km2)
 • Land21.7 sq mi (56.3 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
1,253 ft (382 m)
 • Total41,138
 • Density1,892.8/sq mi (730.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
73160, 73170
Area code(s)405
FIPS code40-49200[1]
GNIS feature ID1095494[2]

Moore is a city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 41,138 at the 2000 census. Moore has been known for being the site of large Tornadoes.

History[change | change source]

Moore was originally Moore was established on May 27, 1889 and was named after Al Moore, a Santa Fe Railway employee.[3]

It was very small and not that special until 1961, when it gained over 21 square miles, and it became a full fledged city in 1962. Large Industrial development began in the 1960s, which led to a large increase in population, soon the city’s population increased massively, with over 17,000 residents moving in between 1960 and 1970.[4]

Soon, in the 1970s, A program was started where various Smiley Faces we’re painted on the town water tower.[5] Also in the 1970s, the Moore post office became a branch of the Oklahoma City post office in 1972.[6]

Tornadoes[change | change source]

On May 3, 1999, Moore was the site of a Very Large F5 Tornado. The tornado killed 36 people, injured 583, and caused damage equivalent to $1 billion.[7] The event currently holds the record for Highest wind speeds measured globally, at 301 ± 20 miles per hour.[8] Moore was hit by another EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013.[9] This tornado killed 24 people, injured 212, and caused an estimated $2 billion in damage.[10][11]

References[change | change source]

  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. Shirk, George H. (1987-01-01). Oklahoma Place Names. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-2028-7.
  4. "A Brief History of Moore | City of Moore". 2013-06-07. Archived from the original on 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  5. "". 2018-04-08. Archived from the original on 2018-04-08. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  6. Shirk, George H. (1987-01-01). Oklahoma Place Names. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-2028-7.
  7. "The Great Plains Tornado Outbreak of May 3-4, 1999 - Storm A Information". 2017-02-11. Archived from the original on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  8. Wurman, Joshua; Alexander, Curtis; Robinson, Paul; Richardson, Yvette (2007-01-01). "Low-Level Winds in Tornadoes and Potential Catastrophic Tornado Impacts in Urban Areas". Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 88 (1): 31–46. Bibcode:2007BAMS...88...31W. doi:10.1175/BAMS-88-1-31. ISSN 0003-0007.
  9. "Deadly tornado strikes near Oklahoma City". Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  10. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2022-06-10. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. Pearson, Chelsea J. Carter Brian Todd,Michael (2013-05-21). "Crews shift from rescue to recovery a day after Oklahoma tornado, official says". CNN. Retrieved 2022-06-10.