The highly desired areas to reside and work in include the cities of Warr Acres, Bethany and The Village. These "pocket communities" are land locked by Oklahoma City and/or other communities. They each have seen their fair share of decline and boom!
Established after World War II by C.B. Warr, a dynamic businessman, builder, and commercial developer. The Warr Acres housing addition and Warr Acres Second Addition was developed in 1937 by Clyde B. Warr. An addition that would later form part of the city of Warr Acres, Putnam City was developed by state lawmaker Israel Putnam in 1909. The city formed when the residents of 11 additions, including Putnam City, petitioned to incorporate in February 1948. The city of Bethany filed suit, but lost in an Oklahoma Supreme Court decision. Shopping districts appeared along MacArthur Avenue in the 1960s and 1970s. By 1979, the town had grown to three square miles after annexing several residential developments.
Bethany was founded July 28, 1909 as a community where members of the Church of the Nazarene could express their religious beliefs without interference by non-members. The town was named after the biblical place of Bethany. The community quickly established the Oklahoma Holiness College (now Southern Nazarene University, SNU). Two other institutions were soon established, the Oklahoma Orphanage (now the Children's Center, a medical facility) operated by Mattie Mallory, and the Nazarene Rescue Home for unwed mothers. Bethany incorporated on August 8, 1910 as a rural town whose economy depended on the surrounding farmlands. It gained a post office on March 11, 1913. The relatively large population of Nazarenes soon caused the town to enact strict blue laws that banned alcohol, tobacco, gambling, dancing, movies, swearing, and working on Sundays. The blue laws have been relaxed since Bethany reorganized as a first class city in 1931. The outbreak of World War II, when the city began developing as a bedroom community for Oklahoma City.
The story of The Village and of it being surrounded by Oklahoma City began with the construction of an insignificant addition north of Nichols Hills. What is now The Village was a wheat field in 1949 when developer Floyd Harrison and his associates, Joe Bob Harrison and Sylvania Felix bought 135 acres of land South of Britton Road and West of Pennsylvania Avenue to start a new housing development. The Village was incorporated as a town in 1950 and later as a city in 1959. Residents voted to incorporate because of the fear that Oklahoma City would move to annex the area. Like nearby Nichols Hills, residents wanted to maintain a small town atmosphere and did not want to become part of Oklahoma City.
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