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Situated in Oklahoma County, the city of Edmond was established as a water and coal station for the steam engines of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. The station was named Edmond after Edmond Burdick a traveling freight agent for the Santa Fe. In 1889, after the Oklahoma land rush which opened the Unassigned Lands, the town was established, and it was decided to keep the name of the station as the name of the town. Its first economy revolved around the railroad, agriculture, and the Territorial Normal School, which is now called the University of Central Oklahoma. In the 1930s and 1940s, oil was struck in the West Edmond Field, and the town grew more prosperous. United States postman Patrick Sherrill barged through the back door of the Edmond post office, where he worked and opened fire, killing 14 people and wounding 6 and finally shooting himself in the head, earning himself and Edmond a place in history as the first post office shooting and the reason for the term “going postal.”

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