Edmond (population 81,405) is a city in the central part of Oklahoma State, United States. It is situated in the county of Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. It is the sixth biggest city within the state.
Edmond City borders the city of Oklahoma along its northern border. The downtown core of Oklahoma City can be reached through Interstate 35 and US Route 77. Citylink Edmond bus service offers public transportation to the city of Oklahoma.
The city of Edmond was selected to be the site as a coaling and water station for steam engines. Part of the Santa Fe Railroad in the year 1887, extended into Indian Territory. The location was considered ideal because of its high elevation, that allowed trains to easily accelerate downhill when departing the station in either direction. The station was named after the freight agent Edmond Burdick. When early inhabitants arrived, they decided to name the town Edmond. At present the BNSF freight line runs through the same course which the old Santa Fe rail used to take.
The township of Edmond resulted from the boom in homesteads staked around the Santa Fe station in the great Oklahoma land run during the year 1889. By 1890 Edmond's population was 394. A syndicate known as the Seminole Town and Development Company prepared the original planning map for the city and named the streets after employees and other men connected with the Santa Fe Railroad and the township syndicate. The very first city officers and mayor were elected during May the year 1889.
Outside the U.S. Post Office within downtown Edmond stands a memorial to the victims of a tragic event in Edmond's history. Edmond made national news during the month of August the year 1986 when it was the site of the post office massacre. An ex-postal employee named Patrick Sherrill killed 14 people and wounded 6. The crime resulted in a rash of postal employee murder-suicides throughout the nation.
Shannon Miller, the Olympic gymnast with 7 medals during the year 1992 and the year 1996 Olympic Games is from the city of Edmond. Shannon Miller is the nation's most decorated Olympic gymnast. The Shannon Miller Parkway has been named to honor her. It is located on Interstate 35 from the Memorial Road exit to the Logan/Oklahoma County line.