Moore is a city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States, and is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The population was 55,081 at the 2010 census, making it the seventh largest city in the state of Oklahoma.
Located between Oklahoma City and Norman, the city has been the site of several devastating tornadoes, with those occurring in 1999 and 2013 receiving national attention.
The Moore post office was established May 27, 1889, during the Land Run of 1889 and was named for Al Moore, an Atchison. Topeka and Santa Fe Railway employee. According to the town history he was a “conductor or a brakeman, lived in a boxcar at the camp and had difficulty receiving his mail. He painted his name -“Moore” -on a board and nailed it on the boxcar. When a postmaster was appointed, he continued to call the settlement Moore. When the town incorporated in 1893 the name was legalized.
The city’s history notes that the community before the post office may have been called “Verbeck” by the railroad. However, other histories indicate that Verbeck was actually the original name of the nearby telegraph station “Oklahoma” which became the
basis for the founding of Oklahoma City.
The community remained small until 1961, when it annexed 21.6 square miles (56 km2) becoming a full-fledged city in 1962, which in turn increased its population from 1,221 in 1960 to 18, 761 in 1970 and 55,081 in 2010. Moore’s 1961 annexation kept it an independent city at a time when Oklahoma City through annexations increased its size from 25 square miles (65 km2) to 643 square miles (1,670 km2) surrounding Moore on three sides (north, east, west). Norman forms its southern border.