Heritage Hills East is a mere sliver compared to its bigger neighbor to the west, stately Heritage Hills, but its roots are just as deep and significant to Oklahoma City's early years. Its story, which began in 1900, seven years before statehood, unfolds in Heritage Hills East Historic District's recent listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The district, one block east to west and eight blocks north to south, was one of the cradles for the city's early development. It has long been recognized as historic, first as a city Urban Conservation District and as a historic district in 1999. Heritage Hills East boomed with a streetcar line running along Broadway, part of a system started in 1902. "The development of Heritage Hills East is representative of the rapid waves of Oklahoma City’s early growth, as residential neighborhoods moved outward from the original townsite of Oklahoma City," according to the National Register nomination. "Much of this development was intentional and well-planned, as developers like Anton Classen and G.A. Nichols assembled large properties and shaped Oklahoma City’s earliest neighborhoods. The early development of Heritage Hills East was quickly followed by increasing density and then commercial development."
Text Source: The Oklahoman