A circa-1943 aerial of Midwest City, with its fledgeling city center shopping hub in the foreground. The early incarnation of the planned city, now referred to as the Original Mile, encompassed a square mile, or 640 acres. Today, the sprawling prairie town takes in 24.6 square miles, or 15,744 acres.
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A 1950s Midwest City street scene. In the early days, before all of its thoroughfares were paved, the town was derisively known as "Mudwest City".
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