Until the mid-twenties, there was a major river ford at May Avenue that was used whenever the water wasn’t too deep. Farmers from Newcastle forged the river with their horses and wagons and traveled up May Avenue on their way to the Oklahoma City Farmer’s Market by Western and Reno. Today, only a single section of the old Newcastle Bridge remains alongside the Interstate 44 bridge after having received significant damage during the tornado outbreak of 2013.
The city was incorporated as South Newcastle in 1962, then a petition to change the name to Newcastle in 1965.
The city limits of Newcastle encompassed just a few square miles until around 1960, when Oklahoma City began annexing huge chunks of land across the river. Newcastle expanded, as did Tuttle and Blanchard, to prevent the city from trying to move across the river. The population grew very little until the mid-1970s, when Oklahoma City began expanding past SW 74th Street, populating near the I-44 corridor.
In the 1980s, most of the city’s territory near Norman (north of state HW 9) was annexed.
In 2004, a Wal-Mart Super Center opened, which resulted in significant development at Tri-City shopping district.
In 2010, Newcastle was listed in the Top 10 fastest growing communities in Oklahoma with a population increase of 41.4% since 2000, making Newcastle the largest population city in McClain County. Read less –