Stockyards City Main Street


Nonprofit Service Organization

About Us

The mission of Stockyards City Main Street, Inc. is to educate the public about our western heritage by creating a welcoming and active tourist destination area and promoting economic vitality and business success.

Oklahoma City businessmen met with the representative of the Nelson Morris Company of Chicago in May 1909 to propose building a packing house, if a $300,000.00 cash bonus and property concessions could be obtained. Led by Anton Classen and Charles Colcord, an Industrial District Company was formed.

The Oklahoma National Stockyards Company began operating as a public livestock market in October 1910. The entire operation generated 2,400 new jobs in the city with a population of only 60,000. The stockyards and meat packing plants were Oklahoma City's first major industrial installations and represented the heaviest concentration of labor in the capitol city.

In the first five years of operation, the volume of livestock handling increased by 130%. By 1966 the Oklahoma National Stockyards had become the sixth largest market in the nation on the basis of livestock handling, representing $125 million in annual business. When the number of saleable cattle soared to 919,280 head in 1973, the stockyards took the nation's lead. Today the stockyards remains the world's largest stocker and feeder cattle market.

Much of the original business district remains intact, maintaining the rugged western flavor but broadening their marketing approach to serve the needs of the larger community.

Rep/Contact Info

Debbie Harrison
Executive Director
  • Phone: (405) 235-7267