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Trees, flags top off state's construction history

Dec. 12, 1972: Topping out the new Mercy Hospital was a Christmas tree located where the eighth floor of the new hospital would be when construction was completed. [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives].
Dec. 12, 1972: Topping out the new Mercy Hospital was a Christmas tree located where the eighth floor of the new hospital would be when construction was completed. [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives].

The topping out ceremony celebrates the completion of many hours of heavy lifting, the near completion of constructing a building. It's a time for celebration.

Sometimes it's an undecorated evergreen or  decorated Christmas tree. Sometimes it's a flag. Sometimes it's a steel beam. And, sometimes it's all of the above that is hoisted in the air to the highest point of construction.

The Oklahoman has captured some of these historical events as, one after one, a new hospital, a new bank, a new stadium has been erected. 

On Dec. 10, 1970, The Oklahoman's photographer Bob Albright, photographed the brightly lit tree placed atop the Myriad Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. 

The newly constructed Myriad Convention Center is topped off with a Christmas tree in 1970. [Photo by Bob Albright, The Oklahoman Archives]
The newly constructed Myriad Convention Center is topped off with a Christmas tree in 1970. [Photo by Bob Albright, The Oklahoman Archives]

June 16, 1976: The topping out ceremony for downtown Oklahoma City's new City Center Building at Main and Broadway involved raising a Bicentennial salute to the final floor. [Photo by Don Tullous, The Oklahoman Archives]
June 16, 1976: The topping out ceremony for downtown Oklahoma City's new City Center Building at Main and Broadway involved raising a Bicentennial salute to the final floor. [Photo by Don Tullous, The Oklahoman Archives]

June 16, 1976

Topping out ceremony at City Center Building at Main and Broadway

July 10, 1981: Several dignitaries including Oklahoma City Mayor Patience Latting, right, were on hand for the topping-out ceremony for the new multi-level parking garage at Will Rogers World Airport. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]
July 10, 1981: Several dignitaries including Oklahoma City Mayor Patience Latting, right, were on hand for the topping-out ceremony for the new multi-level parking garage at Will Rogers World Airport. [Photo by Roger Klock, The Oklahoman Archives]

July 10, 1981

Topping out ceremony for multi-level parking garage at Will Rogers World Airport

July 25, 1990: Topping out on the 13th level for The Oklahoman Building, Bill Ross of Flintco Inc. guides the traditional tree onto a support pillar. [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives]
July 25, 1990: Topping out on the 13th level for The Oklahoman Building, Bill Ross of Flintco Inc. guides the traditional tree onto a support pillar. [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives]

July 25, 1990

Topping out the 13th level for The Oklahoman Building at Britton Road and Broadway Extension

April 30, 1999: Former Mayor Ron Norick and Flintco Vice-President Jay Harris watch as a symbolic tree is hoisted to the top of the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in a topping off ceremony in downtown Oklahoma City. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman Archives]
April 30, 1999: Former Mayor Ron Norick and Flintco Vice-President Jay Harris watch as a symbolic tree is hoisted to the top of the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in a topping off ceremony in downtown Oklahoma City. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman Archives]

April 30, 1999

A symbolic tree is placed atop the Marriott Renaissance Hotel. 

Feb. 27, 2012: The highest beam is lifted into place as Mercy Edmond holds their topping out ceremony and blessing of the new facility in Edmond. [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman Archives]
Feb. 27, 2012: The highest beam is lifted into place as Mercy Edmond holds their topping out ceremony and blessing of the new facility in Edmond. [Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman Archives]

Feb. 27, 2012

The highest beam is lifted into place at Mercy Edmond. 

Oct. 23, 2012: Workers lift the last piece of structural steel during Deer Creek Public Schools' topping-out ceremony for the Deer Creek Performing Arts and Athletic Center. The 122,162-square-foot facility was to provide the district with 6A school facility space and additional room for athletics, band, choir, drama and orchestra facilities. [Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman Archives]
Oct. 23, 2012: Workers lift the last piece of structural steel during Deer Creek Public Schools' topping-out ceremony for the Deer Creek Performing Arts and Athletic Center. The 122,162-square-foot facility was to provide the district with 6A school facility space and additional room for athletics, band, choir, drama and orchestra facilities. [Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman Archives]

Oct. 23, 2012

Topping out ceremony for the Deer Creek Performing Arts and Athletic Center

March 25, 2011: A crane raises the top section of the bell tower into place during a topping out ceremony on construction of the new Deer Creek Middle School in the Deer Creek School District. [Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman Archives]
March 25, 2011: A crane raises the top section of the bell tower into place during a topping out ceremony on construction of the new Deer Creek Middle School in the Deer Creek School District. [Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman Archives]

March 25, 2011

Topping out ceremony on Deer Creek Middle School

Sept. 21, 2011: An evergreen tree and American flag attached to a beam are raised to the top of the tower under construction at the Devon Energy Center during a topping-out ceremony in downtown Oklahoma City. [Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman Archives]
Sept. 21, 2011: An evergreen tree and American flag attached to a beam are raised to the top of the tower under construction at the Devon Energy Center during a topping-out ceremony in downtown Oklahoma City. [Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman Archives]

Sept. 21, 2011

Evergreen tree and American flag attached to a beam are raised to the top of the tower at the Devon Energy Center 

Aug. 31, 2010: Aaron East, left, and Dave Kaschmitter, ironworkers with All Steel, put up flags and a tree during a topping out ceremony at the new Yukon High School. [Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives]
Aug. 31, 2010: Aaron East, left, and Dave Kaschmitter, ironworkers with All Steel, put up flags and a tree during a topping out ceremony at the new Yukon High School. [Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives]

Aug. 31, 2010

Topping out ceremony at Yukon High School

Aug. 31, 2010: A steel beam signed by alumni, family and staff, waits to be lowered into place during a topping out ceremony at the new Yukon High School. [Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives]
Aug. 31, 2010: A steel beam signed by alumni, family and staff, waits to be lowered into place during a topping out ceremony at the new Yukon High School. [Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives]

Sept. 24, 2010: Eberardo Ballesteros, bottom, and Mario Nunez guide the last beam in place during the topping out ceremony for Intergris Health in Edmond. [Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman Archives]
Sept. 24, 2010: Eberardo Ballesteros, bottom, and Mario Nunez guide the last beam in place during the topping out ceremony for Intergris Health in Edmond. [Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman Archives]

Sept. 24, 2010

The last beam is placed during the topping out ceremony for Integris Health in Edmond.

May 12, 2008: Norman Regional Healthplex held their topping out ceremony. [Photo by Jaconna Aguirre, The Oklahoman Archives]
May 12, 2008: Norman Regional Healthplex held their topping out ceremony. [Photo by Jaconna Aguirre, The Oklahoman Archives]

May 12, 2008

Topping off at Norman Regional Healthplex

April 8, 2016: University of Oklahoma Sooner players, coaches and officials participate in a topping out ceremony for the south end zone renovations to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]
April 8, 2016: University of Oklahoma Sooner players, coaches and officials participate in a topping out ceremony for the south end zone renovations to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]

April 8, 2016

Topping out ceremony for the south end zone renovations to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

July 16, 2015: A tree is raised to the top of the construction in a topping out ceremony for the new Norman Regional Moore Medical Cinic. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]
July 16, 2015: A tree is raised to the top of the construction in a topping out ceremony for the new Norman Regional Moore Medical Cinic. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]

July 16, 2015

A tree is raised in a topping out ceremony for Norman Regional Moore Medical Cinic.

Dec. 20, 2007: The beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]
Dec. 20, 2007: The beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]

Dec. 20, 2007

A beam and Christmas tree are hoisted to the top of Boone Pickens Stadium. 

Dec. 20, 2007: Construction workers look on as the beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]
Dec. 20, 2007: Construction workers look on as the beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]
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Dec. 12, 1972: Topping out the new Mercy Hospital was a Christmas tree located where the eighth floor of the new hospital would be when construction was completed. [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives].

Dec. 12, 1972: Topping out the new Mercy Hospital was a Christmas tree located where the eighth floor of the new hospital would be when construction was completed. [Photo by Jim Argo, The Oklahoman Archives].

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[Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives]"><figcaption>Aug. 31, 2010: A steel beam signed by alumni, family and staff, waits to be lowered into place during a topping out ceremony at the new Yukon High School. [Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8ad3eecbc19ca741dd033d98d5305138.jpg" alt="Photo - Sept. 24, 2010: Eberardo Ballesteros, bottom, and Mario Nunez guide the last beam in place during the topping out ceremony for Intergris Health in Edmond. [Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman Archives]" title="Sept. 24, 2010: Eberardo Ballesteros, bottom, and Mario Nunez guide the last beam in place during the topping out ceremony for Intergris Health in Edmond. [Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman Archives]"><figcaption>Sept. 24, 2010: Eberardo Ballesteros, bottom, and Mario Nunez guide the last beam in place during the topping out ceremony for Intergris Health in Edmond. [Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman Archives]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0b0b12bca432f904ae4e5d628a4c9d78.jpg" alt="Photo - May 12, 2008: Norman Regional Healthplex held their topping out ceremony. [Photo by Jaconna Aguirre, The Oklahoman Archives]" title="May 12, 2008: Norman Regional Healthplex held their topping out ceremony. [Photo by Jaconna Aguirre, The Oklahoman Archives]"><figcaption>May 12, 2008: Norman Regional Healthplex held their topping out ceremony. [Photo by Jaconna Aguirre, The Oklahoman Archives]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a1761b376c352ffcfc0ff2a00ae4d8b8.jpg" alt="Photo - April 8, 2016: University of Oklahoma Sooner players, coaches and officials participate in a topping out ceremony for the south end zone renovations to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]" title="April 8, 2016: University of Oklahoma Sooner players, coaches and officials participate in a topping out ceremony for the south end zone renovations to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>April 8, 2016: University of Oklahoma Sooner players, coaches and officials participate in a topping out ceremony for the south end zone renovations to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5a3f7f3156efcde1ca5deecaa60011e9.jpg" alt="Photo - July 16, 2015: A tree is raised to the top of the construction in a topping out ceremony for the new Norman Regional Moore Medical Cinic. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]" title="July 16, 2015: A tree is raised to the top of the construction in a topping out ceremony for the new Norman Regional Moore Medical Cinic. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>July 16, 2015: A tree is raised to the top of the construction in a topping out ceremony for the new Norman Regional Moore Medical Cinic. [Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-eebf4ab6961b8a9281529be50d45c09f.jpg" alt="Photo - Dec. 20, 2007: The beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]" title="Dec. 20, 2007: The beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]"><figcaption>Dec. 20, 2007: The beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-79c5ce7040dd6857f94a128dc44b4440.jpg" alt="Photo - Dec. 20, 2007: Construction workers look on as the beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]" title="Dec. 20, 2007: Construction workers look on as the beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]"><figcaption>Dec. 20, 2007: Construction workers look on as the beam that will complete the highest point of the expansion to the Oklahoma State University football stadium is hoisted with a Christmas tree mounted to it during the "Topping off the Stadium" ceremony at Boone Pickens Stadium. [Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives]</figcaption></figure>
Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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