Del City is located near two major interstate highways, both of which connect it to Oklahoma City. Interstate 40 bisects the town from the northwest to southeast, and Interstate 35 lies just a short distance west of the city. The city borders southeast Oklahoma City, Midwest City and Tinker Air Force Base. George Epperly founded the city, which was incorporated by a vote of its residents in 1948. Del City is named after Epperly's eldest daughter Delaphene.Since its incorporation Del City has expanded three times, first by annexing Carter Park in 1954, Midway Village in 1963 and the acquisition of an undeveloped piece of land between the city and Tinker AFB A large area of Del City was significantly impacted by the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak that passed through the Oklahoma City metro area.
|Del City, Oklahoma|
Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), all of it land.
The city is located in the Frontier Country region in the center of the state. Del City lies in the Sandstone Hills region of Oklahoma, known for hills of 250 to 400 feet (120 m) and two species of oak – blackjack oak (Quercus marilandica) and post oak (Q. stellata).
Del City is in a region dominated by the Cross Timbers, an area of prairie and patches of forest at the eastern extent of the Great Plains. The region is essentially a transition buffer between the wetter and more forested Eastern Oklahoma and the semi-arid high plains of Western Oklahoma, and experiences extreme swings between dry and wet weather patterns. Climate is dominated by large differences in annual rainfall totals, with Central Oklahoma's western boundary receiving far less rain than compared to its eastern boundary. Because of these convergences of dry and wet weather patters, Del City is located at the heart of what is known as Tornado Alley, and is in one of the most tornado-prone areas in the United States.
Eagle Lake located within Del City the lake is located in the northern part of the city and is the only large body of water. The lake is stocked with Bass, catfish, bluegill, carp, and crappie.
The Mid-Del School District is the main provider of education in Del City with one high school (Del City High School), two middle schools (Del Crest Middle School and Kerr Middle School), three elementary schools (Del City Elementary School, Epperly Heights Elementary School and Townsend Elementary School) located in Del City.
An annual Armed Forces Day Parade is put on by the city and Shriners in May each year.
Historical exhibits can be found at the Oklahoma County & Western Museum, Del City Preservation & Historical Society, and War Memorial. The Oklahoma Country Western Music Hall of Fame hosts regular bluegrass and country events.
The War Memorial located opposite the Del City Community Center hass several monuments dedicated to those who were killed in combat who were ether born or lived in Del City. The memorial is dedicated to twenty one servicemen killed while serving in various branches of the U.S. Military during World War II, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. Dedicated in November 2010, the memorials include an armored personal carrier and aFallen Soldier Battle Cross being watched over by two crouched U.S. servicemen. The memorial also has a time capsule.
Outdoor recreational areas include the Del City Ball Park, three bicycle and pedestrian trails, and Eagle Lake. The Eagle Harbor Aquatic Center water park is located behind the community center.