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Statistics & Facts
The population of Tulsa is approximately 381,000 (1998), 391906 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 176,211 (1990), 163975 (2010).
The amount of land area in Tulsa is 475.321 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 10.857 sq kilometers.
The distance from Tulsa to Washington DC is 1089 miles. The distance to the Oklahoma state capital is 101 miles. (as the crow flies)
Tulsa is positioned 36.12 degrees north of the equator and 95.91 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Tulsa per capita income is $25,900 (1998).
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Tulsa location: in northeastern Oklahoma, 90 miles northeast of the state capital, Oklahoma City
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Climate & Weather
The climate for Tulsa is temperate. Here is a climate page for Tulsa.
Tulsa average annual rainfall is 39 inches per year
Tulsa average annual snowfall is 8 inches per year.
The average low temperature is 49 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 71 degrees F.
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History & History Related Items
Creek Council Oak Park
1750 S. Cheyenne Ave.
The Creek Council tree, a mature post oak, marks the traditional "ceremonial ground" chosen in 1836 by the Lochapoka clan of the Creek Indians. In 1834, they had begun their involuntary migration from Alabama under the control of the U.S. government. It was a slow and painful trek and of the original group of 630, 161 died in route. In 1836 they arrived on a low hill overlooking the Arkansas River and here they marked their arrival with a solemn ceremony depositing ashes brought over the trail from their last fires in Alabama. The Tulsa-Lochapoka, a division of the Creek Nation, established their "town." The park is often referred to as Tulsa's first City Hall. As late as 1896 the Tulsa-Lochapoka gathered here for ceremonies, feasts and games. Today, commemorative tribal ceremonies are held each year. The park features an ethno-botanical garden displaying plants that were used by the Creek Indians for food, fiber, ceremonial and medicinal purposes. Interpretive signs identify the plants and provide information about their use. This park is protected by Historic Preservation zoning and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The founding of Tulsa: 1836
The incorporation date of Tulsa: 1898
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The first yield sign in the U.S. was installed in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 5th and Birmingham
Tulsa has a deep water port located on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System
The Gilcrease Museum
Where the story of the American West unfolds
The Gardens at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Road The City-owned Gilcrease Museum houses the world's largest, most comprehensive collection of art of the American West and Native American art and artifacts. Today, using the Gilcrease collections as a guide, Tulsa Parks staff has developed historical theme gardens on 23 of the museum's 460 acres. These gardens enhance the museum's collection by reflecting gardening styles and techniques from five time periods in the American West. The history of special care for the Gilcrease grounds began with the museum's founder, Thomas Gilcrease. He was the first gardener on the grounds and in the early days of the museum visitors sometimes mistook him for the gardener. He preserved the native plants and introduced many of the mature, exotic specimen plants found throughout the grounds today. Some of the more outstanding specimens are: Harry Lauder's Walkingstick, (located south of the former Gilcrease family home), the huge southern magnolia in the Gannaway Garden, (in view from the Vista Room), and the many saucer magnolias found throughout the grounds. Thomas Gilcrease planted hundreds of narcissus, which were allowed to naturalize in the wooded areas of what is now Stuart Park. The five theme gardens that complement the museum's collection are Pre-Columbian, Pioneer, Colonial, Victorian, and Rock gardens. Gilcrease Museum is the only museum in the country to have developed gardens that reflect the periods of history represented in the collections of art and artifacts. From the Vista Room visitors look out over the park and several hundred additional acres of woods, pastures and distant hills of the Osage. On the Western frontier, vast and uninterrupted landscapes like this one were the source of inspiration for the great western landscape painters, Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt, whose works hang in nearby galleries. Moran and Bierstadt preserved the vision of the American west on canvas; the view from the Vista Room serves as an extension of the western museum experience by offering visitors this "vision" of the West as it once appeared to the pioneers.
The Tulsa Zoo in Mohawk Park
The Tulsa Zoo is an outstanding facility combining a zoo, aquariums, living museums and gardens. Set within 70 acres of landscaped grounds, it exhibits more than 1,500 animals. Special exhibitions include the Tropical American Rain Forest, which takes you from the flooded forest of the Amazonian basin to the cloud forests of the ancient Incas. It includes exotic species, including lungfish, howler monkeys, sloths, piranhas, jaguars, caimans and tamarins, plus many colorful birds flying freely through the exhibit. Very popular with children is the "contact area" in the Children's Zoo, open seasonally, which gives youngsters an up-close encounter with some of the Zoo's residents such as goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, donkeys and a miniature horse.
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
The Tulsa Garden Center - in Woodward Park
2435 S. Peoria
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114
The Garden Center is the greater Tulsa area's headquarters for horticultural activities. It is dedicated to providing a variety of horticultural education opportunities and experiences for a wide range of citizens, to providing a gathering place for events with a horticultural and or environmental purpose, to maintaining a horticulture library for the public, and to support, preserve and enhance the beautiful historic mansion in which it is housed. The Center is home to some 30 horticultural and nature-related groups. The center originally was one of the most elegant homes in Tulsa, sitting on 13 country acres within the city. The estate was comprised of the main house, two greenhouses and a solarium, a swimming pool, two five-room cottages and two barns. In 1954 the City of Tulsa purchased the home and 10 acres of adjoining property. The Center is open 9 am to 4 pm weekdays. The library is open 10 am-4 pm weekdays and weekends when events are scheduled. Free guided tours are available of the Garden Center Villa, Woodward Park, the Tulsa Rose Garden and other horticultural areas around the Center.
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
8801 S. Yale
Tulsa, OK 74137-3575
Grand Opening, 11 October 2001 during International Observance and Celebration of Earth Science Week.
Philbrook Museum of Art Philbrook Museum of Art
A 23 acre Italian Renaissance villa containing a 10,000 piece art collection from around the world.
2727 South Rockford Road
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114
Recorded information: 918-749-7941 or 800-324-7941
For a calendar of events: 918-748-5385 or 800-324-7941, ext 385
Will Rogers Memorial
Artifacts and memories from the humorist are located 30 minutes northeast of Tulsa.
Claremore, Oklahoma 74018
Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve
A piece of the Old West preserved. Drive through free roaming herds of bison, deer, antelope, longhorn cattle, four-horned sheep and other species. An oasis in the middle of the Osage Hills, thirty minutes north of Tulsa.
1028 East Sixth St.
A centennial time capsule, interred on Jan. 17, 1998, in honor of the City's 100th birthday, is buried at Centennial Park. The time capsule, scheduled to be unearthed in the year 2048, includes items such as a prototype of the 1998 Plymouth Prowler, a City of Tulsa Financial Report, student essays on what Tulsa will be like in the year 2048 and Tulsa restaurant menus.
161st East Avenue about 3.8 miles north of I-44.
Redbud Valley Nature Preserve protects 220+ acres of unique plant and animal life. A rugged 1-mile trail loops through habitats more common 100 miles southwest and 100 miles northeast. Few areas can boast of cactus and scorpions, salamanders and sugar maples flourishing side by side. Pets and bicycles are permitted only in the parking area. Drinking water and primitive restroom facilities are available. Picnics should be enjoyed at the visitor center picnic facilities. Staying on the clearly marked trail protects the fragile habitats. The Preserve's trail is open to hikers Wednesday-Sunday, 8 am-5 pm. The Barclay Visitor Center is open 11 am-3 pm. Redbud Valley Nature Preserve is closed every Monday and Tuesday and most holidays.
on 36th Street North, a half mile east of Sheridan Road
Mohawk is a busy recreation area that offers something for everyone. The largest park in Tulsa's system - and one of the largest in the country - Mohawk contains 2,800 acres. The sprawling park was created as part of the 1924 public works project that piped drinking water from the Spavinaw Dam to Tulsa. Mohawk Park offers hiking and bridle trails, fishing and numerous picnic areas. Every year, it is the site of hundreds of events, from small family picnics to large music concerts. The Tulsa Zoo, Oxley Nature Center and Mohawk Golf Course are located inside the park.
Oxley Nature Center
in Mohawk Park
With more than 9 miles of trails covering 804 acres, the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center at Mohawk Park is one of Tulsa's treasures. The gates open daily (except City holidays) at 8 am, and close at 5 pm, although the trails are open as early as 6 am or as late as 9 pm to hikers who park outside the gates. Visitors may pick up maps and trail information at the Interpretive Building, open 10 am-4:30 pm Mondays-Saturdays, and noon-4:30 pm Sundays. The Interpretive Building houses interactive, hands-on exhibits explaining the local natural history, as well as restrooms, drinking water, and classrooms. Pets and horses are not permitted. Bicycles may be ridden only on pavement. Most areas are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. The staff will be happy to help you plan your route. The Nature Center also offers a wide variety of interpretive programs. Details may be found in the free bi-monthly Oxley Nature Center Newsletter. All programs have a nominal fee and require pre-registration. In general, programs are open to all ages, unless stated otherwise. Children 12 and under must usually be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 669-6644 during the Interpretive Center's hours or request information by fax at any time: 669-6653.
21st Street and Peoria Avenue
Woodward is often referred to as the "jewel in the crown" of the many parks and gardens maintained by Tulsa Parks. This 40-acre park offers a stunning horticultural display almost year-round. The park is internationally known for its 4.5-acre Municipal Rose Garden. Other features include the Tulsa Garden Center, an All-American Rose Selection Test Garden, a formal English style herb garden, an iris display garden, a Victorian-style conservatory, a 3-acre arboretum, a rock garden, an azalea garden with more than 17,000 plants, a trial garden, statuary, fountains and pools. The Tulsa Garden Center and the Horticulture Section of Tulsa Parks work together to stimulate and develop interest and appreciation for horticulture and for preservation and development of the park.
Municipal Rose Garden, in Woodward Park
Constructed by the WPA using hand labor and teams of horses, the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden was inaugurated in 1934 and is a continuing project of Tulsa Parks and the Tulsa Garden Club. The first roses for the garden were planted in 1935. Landscape architect Burton Fox designed the sloping 4 1/2 acre garden in Italian Renaissance style with a series of five terraces, rising up a gentle slope almost 900 feet. Reflecting pools with aquatic plants are featured on all terraces; junipers are hand sheared into formal, conical shapes within the garden; and the area is flanked on the south and east by a wide variety of trees. Peak bloom periods are mid-May and again in mid-October. More flowers can be seen in the spring; however, the color and duration of the blooms last longer in the fall. There are approximately 9,000 rose plants of more than 200 varieties in the garden including: floribundas, hybrid teas, grandifloras, miniatures, climbers, shrub and other species. The Tulsa Garden Club purchases replacement roses each year as a club project for the perpetuation of the garden. Identification markers for the roses are in each bed throughout the garden.
11th Street and Peoria Avenue
Tracy provides another unique presentation of brilliant flowers, neatly trimmed cedars and towering shade trees. A formal garden in the park with a symmetrical arrangement of plantings and walkways draws the visitor to its centerpiece, an antique Victorian fountain.
560 N. Maybelle Ave.
Owen is Tulsa's oldest park. Its history began in 1904 when a stock of nitroglycerin belonging to the Western Torpedo Co. used for shooting oil wells exploded for unknown reasons. This explosion formed a crater in a ravine now known as Owen Park Lake. The City purchased the land in 1909. Throughout the years, Owen Park has become the home for interesting historical artifacts. It includes the Indian Memorial Monument and disc which marks the boundary corner of the Creek, Osage and Cherokee Nations; Tulsa's oldest house still in existence; and the Tulsa Pioneer Monument, which contains all the names of a large group of people who attended the first picnic of the organization in 1921. Today, Owen Park combines the past with t he present with a community center providing year-round recreational activities for all ages.
18th Street and Boulder Avenue
This park (formerly known as Boulder Park) was renamed and dedicated to honor those citizens who gave their lives in defense of our country. Included are tributes to veterans of various American wars, as well as a Peace Tree presented to the City of Tulsa on Oct. 25, 1991, by the Disciples Peace Fellowship of the Christian Church.
Swan Lake Park
1523 Swan Drive (southwest of Peoria Avenue and 15th Street)
This urban lake is home to a permanent collection of North American native waterfowl. Visitors have a unique opportunity to see species of geese, ducks, and swans that would otherwise be elusive and difficult to glimpse in their native habitat. The project is a cooperative effort between the Swan Lake Waterfowl Society and Tulsa Parks. The Society maintains the waterfowl and park staff maintains the shoreline habitat. Park staff feed the birds daily, so visitors are asked not to feed the birds. An information kiosk displays educational information about waterfowl and a poster identifies the birds. A lighted ornamental fountain creates a spectacular display. During winter months, the lake is a winter home for nearly 250 migratory waterfowl. A pair of trumpeter swans "rule" the lake.
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