Guthrie, Oklahoma is famous for its beautifully preserved downtown, which was named a National Historic Landmark in 1999. The city got lots of attention for hosting a music festival with more than 40,000 attendees last summer. Guthrie has been doing a great job leveraging the event to strengthen the local business community and keep people coming to Guthrie.
“Make Guthrie Weird” is a new campaign with a series of block parties to bring attention to the emerging cluster of local businesses in downtown Guthrie. Check out this new video describing how support from the city, including simple event permitting for business owners, has made it easy for citizens to put together the events. The events build community for local residents and help Guthrie businesses draw visitors from around the region.
Guthrie’s successful downtown didn’t happen overnight. It’s the legacy of a long history of historic preservation. IQC’s Ron Frantz worked in Guthrie as the town rediscovered its late 19th and early 20th Century architecture. He shared these photos from 1982 and 2007 that highlight how preservation efforts have helped make Guthrie a special place.