Edmond is a rapidly growing suburban city located in the central part of Oklahoma. With an estimated 74,881 residents (2005) it is the sixth largest city in Oklahoma. Originally, the town was known as Summit due to it's location on the highest point along the Santa Fe Rail line and acting as a watering and resting point for the railroad. Most of the evidence of these old days of the railroad are gone, but an active railroad line still runs the same course.
Edmond has done a great deal to preseve the history of the area. The first public school, built in 1889, still stands while the 40 acre themepark, "Frontier Land" recaptures the excitement of the Wild West with rollarcoasters and entertainment for the whole family. Downtown Edmond is full of unique historical buildings and shops. From the eclectic to the antique, there's something for everyone in this charming city. A notable fact about Edmond is the amount of public art - the Edmond Visual Art Commision adds new pieces of art yearly to the city's already impressive collection. The citizens of Edmond take great pride in their "Edmond, America" image that has brought it several notable distinctions to include "America's 3rd Best City to Live in" from Relocate America and Universal Publications of New York recently named it "America's Best Small Town."
Known as the "Crown Jewel" of Oklahoma, Edmond has a great deal to offer tourists and locals alike. Favorite locations include the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Edmond Historical Society and Museum, the Lazy E Arena and Remington Park horse racing. For music fans, the Chopin Society of Mid-America hosts a series of music events each year while the UCO Jazz Lab offers up New Orleans style entertainment. The University Of Central Oklahoma also puts on several Broadway-style shows each year.