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Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Downtown Tulsa

Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma. As of the revised 2004 census report, the city had a total population of 387,807, with 930,842 in the greater metro area. It is the county seat of Tulsa CountyTemplate:GR.

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History

The city now known as Tulsa was first settled by the Lockapoka Creek Indians between 1828 and 1836. Driven from their native Alabama by the forced removal of Indians from the Southeast, the Lockapokas established a new home at a site near present-day Cheyenne Avenue and 18th Street. Under a large oak tree, now called Council Oak, they rekindled their ceremonial fire. The settlement was referred to as "Tulasi," a Creek Indian word meaning "old town" and in the 1890s, a trading post in the village became a post office under the name "Tulsey Town."

Tulsa was formerly part of Indian Territory, which was created as part of the relocation of Eastern tribes such as the Creeks, and also the Seminole, Cherokee, Quapaw, Seneca, and Shawnee tribes. These Native American tribes moved into the region after the passage of the Indian Removal Act (1830), when they were forced to surrender their lands east of the Mississippi to the Federal Government in exchange for land in Indian Territory. Each of the larger tribes was given extensive land holdings, individual governments were formed, and tribal members began new lives as farmers, trappers, and ranchers. The majority of these Indian settlers (including the numerous Creek and Cherokee settlers) came from the Southern states and brought with them a culture reminiscent of the Old South. During the Civil War, they largely favored the Confederacy.

However, throughout the 19th century, the tribes were made to accept a number of treaties that further reduced the size of their lands and introduced new tribes into Indian Territory. White settlers continued to push forward, railroads moved into the territory, and in 1892, the land was officially opened and all tribal members were forced to accept individual allocations of land. Much of Tulsa is located in the Creek Nation, with parts located in the Cherokee Nation and Osage Nation.

In 1882, the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway (the "Frisco") extended its line to Tulsa to serve the cattle business, the city's first industry.

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Tulsa Skyline

Tulsa changed from a small Indian town to a boomtown with the discovery of oil in 1901 at Red Fork, a small community southwest of Tulsa. Wildcatters and investors flooded into the city and the town began to take shape. Neighborhoods were established in Tulsa on the north side of the Arkansas River, away from the drilling sites, and began to spread out from downtown Tulsa in all directions. In 1904, Tulsans constructed a bridge across the river, allowing oil field workers, supplies, food and equipment to cross the river, reaffirming Tulsa's position as the center of the oil field.

In 1905, the Glenn Pool oil field was discovered. This strike created such a large supply of crude oil that it forced Tulsans to develop storage tanks for the excess oil and gas and, later, pipelines. It also laid the foundation for Tulsa to become a leader in many businesses related to oil and gas, in addition to being the physical center of the growing petroleum industry. Eventually, Glenn Pool, established Oklahoma as one of the leading petroleum producing regions in the United States. Many early oil companies chose Tulsa for their home base. By the time Oklahoma achieved statehood in 1907, Tulsa had a population of 7298. By 1920 the population boomed to 72,000. Many of these new residents came from Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. When a second surge of oil discoveries occurred between 1915 and 1930, the city was well-established as the "Oil Capital of the World."

Another community that flourished in Tulsa during the oil boom was Greenwood. It was the largest and wealthiest of Oklahoma black communities and was known nationally as "Black Wall Street". The neighborhood was a hotbed of jazz and blues in the 1920s. The scene in Greenwood was so hot that story has it that in 1927 while on tour, Count Basie heard a dance band in a club in Greenwood and decided to focus on jazz.

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The Golden Driller

The early 1900s were filled with achievements fitting for a young city in a growing nation, but this period was not without tragedy.

In 1921, the Tulsa Race Riot occurred, one of the nation's worst acts of racial violence. Thirty-five blocks of businesses and residences were burned in the Greenwood District of north Tulsa and as many as 300 persons were left dead, a large majority of whom were black. The Oklahoma State Legislature passed laws in 2001 aimed at revitalizing Greenwood, setting up a scholarship fund for college-bound descendants of riot victims and appropriating $2 million for a riot memorial. Greenwood has never fully recovered, but two blocks of the old neighborhood have been restored and are part of the Greenwood Historical District.

Following the "Oil Bust" of 1982-84 the title of "Oil Capital of the World" was relinquished to Houston. City leaders worked to diversify the city away from a largely petroleum-based economy, luring blue collar factory jobs as well as Internet and telecommunications firms to Tulsa during the 1990s. Showing that petroleum is still an important part of Tulsa's economy, an abundant supply of natural gas also helped the recovery. Especially since World War II, the aerospace industry has also been an important part of the Tulsa economy. The American Airlines maintenance facility in Tulsa and other aviation-related businesses employ many Tulsans.

Famous Tulsans

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Eric Clapton & J.J. Cale playing the "Tulsa Sound"

Famous musicians from Tulsa include Garth Brooks, Roy Clark, N.O.T.A., Elvin Bishop, The New Mysterians, Joe Diffie, The Tractors, Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour, The All-American Rejects, Ronnie Dunn, Wanda Jackson, Billy Joe Winghead, The Collins Kids, Jay Nunley, the GAP Band,Caroline's Spine, David Gates, Hanson, Gus Hardin, J.J. Cale, Leon Russell, Carl Radle, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Bob Wills. Eric Clapton spent time in Tulsa as well. The radio commentator Paul Harvey, CNN broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, and the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan were born in Tulsa. Tulsa athletic figures include Wayman Tisdale, Nolan Richardson (coached basketball at the University of Tulsa), John Starks, Steve Largent (University of Tulsa), pro wrestler/entertainer Bill Goldberg, Satchel Paige, (manager of the baseball Tulsa Oilers), Sammy Sosa (played for Tulsa Drillers) and Kenny Monday (Olympic Gold Medalist, Wrestling). Actors and directors from Tulsa include Tony Randall, Alfre Woodard, Mary Kay Place, Gary Busey, Gailard Sartain, Iron Eyes Cody, Blake Edwards, Jennifer Jones, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Tim Blake Nelson. Authors and writers from the city include S. E. Hinton, John Hope Franklin, Daniel J. Boorstin, Michael Wallis, Lisa Haddock, Greg Perry, Wilhelm Murg, William Bernhardt, and Lewis Meyer. Cartoonist Dan Piraro of Bizarro is also from Tulsa. Notable performing artists include P. S. Gordon, Chuck Cissel, Jim Blanchard, Kristin Chenoweth, and Marcello Angelini (ballet). Important families and people in the history of Tulsa include the Phillips family (Waite Phillips and Frank Phillips were founders of Phillips Petroleum), J. Paul Getty, William G. Skelly, the Warren family, the Murphy family, the LaFortune Family, the Bartlett family, Thomas Gilcrease and Charles Page.

Geography

Location of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa is located at 36°7'53" North, 95°56'14" West (36.131294, -95.937332)Template:GR in the northeastern corner of the state, some 99 miles Northeast of Oklahoma City . Tulsa is the main city in the part of Oklahoma known as "Green Country" due to the dense green vegetation in the area. Tulsa is a heavily wooded city split by the Arkansas River, Tulsa has abundant parks and water areas including such local favorites as Woodward Park (where it is a local tradition to kiss one's sweetheart on the bridge), McClure Park, LaFortune Park, Florence Park and Chandler Park. Tulsa has an extensive trail systems much of it along the Arkansas River as part of the Riverparks system. Mohawk Park, location of the Tulsa Zoo, (in 2004 named America's favorite zoo by a national contest), contains 2,800 acres (11 km²) and is the largest park in Tulsa and one of the largest urban parks in the country. Tulsa is also near the heart of Tornado Alley, a region known to experience more tornadoes on average than any other area in the world.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 483.9 km² (186.8 mi²). 473.1 km² (182.6 mi²) of it is land and 10.9 km² (4.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.24% water.

Metro Area

The Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) consists of seven counties in northeastern Oklahoma

Tulsa County

Rogers County

Osage County

Wagoner County

Okmulgee County

Pawnee County

Creek County

The Tulsa-Bartlesville consolidated metropolitan area (CMSA) is created by adding the Bartlesville, Oklahoma micropolitan area which consists of Washington County in northeastern Oklahoma.

Also nearby and part of Tulsas media market but not part of Tulsas CMSA is Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Metro Area Cities

Other important towns in the Tulsa area include Bartlesville, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Claremore, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Okmulgee, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook and Wagoner.

Climate

Tulsa lies along the Arkansas River at an elevation of 700 feet (213 m) above sea level. At latitude 36 degrees, Tulsa is far enough north often to escape protracted periods of heat in summer, yet far enough south usually to miss the extreme cold of winter. The influence of warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico is often noted, frequently creating high humidity. Generally the winter months are mild, and although temperatures occasionally fall below zero (Fahrenheit), they seldom stay there for a very long period of time. Temperatures of 100 degrees or higher are often observed from July to early September, but are sometimes accompanied by a good southerly breeze. The fall season is long with a number of pleasant, sunny days and cool nights. Primarily during the spring and early summer months, the Tulsa area is often subjected to thunderstorms, some of which contain large hail, damaging winds and an occasional tornado. The spring and early summer thunderstorm pattern also provides the area with a disproportionate share of its annual rainfall, which averages around 42 inches. Due to frequent periods of very heavy rainfall Tulsa has one of the most extensive flood contol systems in the nation.

Business and Economy

Tulsa, while no longer the Oil Capital of the World, is still a major energy center. Other important industries include aerospace, telecom, high tech, insurance, and oddly, car rental companies. Avis has its operations office in Tulsa. Dollar, Thrifty, Budget and National are all based in Tulsa.

Some of the major companies based in Tulsa include:

Other companies that have a significant presence or are large employers in the area:

Transportation

Tulsa is served by Tulsa International Airport. Eleven commercial airlines and several charter airlines serve more than 3 million travelers to almost 70 departures every day.

Important highways passing through Tulsa are Interstate 44, US 412, US 64, and US 75. It was also served by historic Route 66, and there are numerous reminders of this by the mid-20th century era, especially motels and restaurants along 11th Street and Admiral Drive. Cyrus Avery, known as "The Father of Route 66," resided in Tulsa.

East of Tulsa, in Catoosa, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System, connecting barge traffic from Tulsa to the Mississippi River.

Tulsa landmarks and neighborhoods

Tulsa is a very unique city with many striking structures built in the 1930s and 1940s by oil barons. Downtown in particular has many landmark buildings. Tulsa is world renowned for its Art Deco landmarks, including the Philtower, the Mayo Hotel, Boston Avenue Methodist Church (designed by Adah Robinson and Bruce Goff), Christ the King Catholic Church and the Adams building. Known for a time as "Terra Cotta City", Tulsa hosted the International Sixth Congress on Art Deco in 2001.

Downtown

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Boston Avenue Methodist Church

Downtown Tulsa is in the northwest quadrant of the city and is ringed by an expressway system called the inner dispersal loop. Downtown's buildings include many large office towers. The BOK Tower (formerly One Willliams Center) is the tallest building in Oklahoma and was designed in 1975 by Minoru Yamasaki & Associates, the same architect who designed the World Trade Center in New York. This structure is very similar to a single tower from the WTC in looks and construction. Other notable buildings include the art deco Midcontinent Tower and the Tulsa National Bank buildings.

The Tulsa Performing Arts Center (http://www.tulsapac.com/), occupies a half city block in Tulsa's historical downtown. The PAC is the design of Minoru Yamasaki, architect of the World Trade Center. It houses five theatres and a beautifully appointed reception hall. More than a quarter of a million people visit the Center each year to attend a performance from one of Tulsa's seven acclaimed musical and dramatic companies including the Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Ballet Theater, and a variety of symphonic groups. The PAC hosts a multitude of cultural events through the fall, winter and spring.

Continuing with its rich architectural history, in 2004 the City of Tulsa broke ground on a new 18,000 seat events center designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli.

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Tulsa Events Center model

Another unique local downtown landmark is the "Center of the Universe", which is located on the arched pedestrian bridge, next to the old Tulsa Union Depot (the future home of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (http://www.okjazz.org/)). To experience the acoustic phenomenon of the Center of the Universe, all one needs to do is to stand in the middle of the circle on the arch of the bridge and speak. This part of downtown is always fairly empty of people, especially at night, and is a good place for urban exploration. At the bottom of the steps, next to the train tracks, is a sewer grate which, as legend has it, leads eventually to Tulsa's defunct system of underground tunnels, which supposedly stretch throughout downtown.

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Tulsa Union Depot & Jazz Hall of Fame

The Brady Arts District is located just North of the "Center of the Universe and inludes most of the northern section of downtown Tulsa. The Brady District contains many of Tulsa's historic entertainment venues, including The Brady Theater (http://www.bradytheater.com/), built in 1914. Known affectionately as the "Old Lady on Brady", it is rumored to be haunted by the Ghost of Enrico Caruso, who performed there in 1920, and reportedly caught the cold that led to his death of pleurisy in 1921.

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Cain's Ballroom

North of the Brady on Main Street is the Cain's Ballroom (http://www.cainsballroom.com/), the "Home of Bob Wills", the Texas Playboys, the Light Crust Doughboys and to many, is the cornerstone of western swing music in the United States. In addition to this distinction, it is also the last still-standing venue from the Sex Pistols infamous 1978 USA Tour. (They played at Cain's on January 12, 1978. Two days later at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, Johnny Rotten would walk off stage as a Sex Pistol for the last time). The district is also the location of many local artists' galleries, restaurants, and bars such as the popular Caz's and The Bowery.

Another popular downtown entertainment district is the Blue Dome, named for a distictive, domed building in the area in the eastern section of downtown. Venues here include Tsunami Sushi Bar, THE Route 66 Diner, Arnie's Bar and McNellie's Public House.

Uptown

Uptown is the region just to the south of Downtown. Here you will find The Hotel Ambassador, a Tulsa landmark, actually began life as a temporary housing facility for oil tycoons who were building their mansions. Functioning as a full-service hotel these days, it gives its guests a taste of the luxury of the glory days. The Sobo bar district in this area at 18th and south Boston is quite popular. Doubleshot Coffeehouse (http://www.doubleshotcoffee.com), The Mercury Lounge hot rod bar, Dalessandro's Restaurant, and Vintage 1719 Wine Bar are popular destinations in SOBO.

Midtown

Midtown is a largely residential district in the heart of the city. Schools in this part of the city include Edison High School, Bishop Kelley, Elliot, Patrick Henry Elementary and Undercroft Montessori. Midtown parks include Highland Park, LaFortune Park, Heller Park, Whiteside Park and Zink Park.

Some of the major shopping centers in this part of the city include the Promenade Mall, Highland Park Shopping Center, Southroads, Ranch Acres, The Farm Shopping Center, and The Plaza. OU-Tulsa is across the street from the Promenade Mall at 41st and Yale, in the heart of the Midtown area.

In northeast Midtown, the Tulsa State Fairgrounds, now called Expo Square, is home to several unique Tulsa landmarks. In addition to the site being home to the AA Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team, the Art Deco Expo Square Pavilion, the Fair Meadows horse racing track, and the annual Tulsa State Fair, it boasts the Expo Center, the largest clearspan building in the world, providing 354,000 square feet (33,000 m²) of column-free space under a cable-suspended roof. In front of the Expo Center is the "Golden Driller", standing 76 feet (23 m) tall. Built in 1966 as a symbol for the International Petroleum Expo, the statue serves as a reminder of Tulsa's oily past.

Cherry Street

Located near three of Tulsa's designated Historic Districts: the Swan Lake, North Maple Ridge, and Yorktown neighborhoods. The Cherry Street District is set near downtown in the northern midtown area, defined by a portion of 15th Street dubbed "Cherry Street." Visitors to this neighborhood find great local restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, antique shops, and funky vintage stores, now filling old storefronts built in the 1920s & 1930s, as well as some fabulous old homes in the surrounding residential areas.

Maple Ridge

The Maple Ridge Historic District is just south of downtown in Midtown. This neighborhood contains "Black Gold Row", where the fabulous mansions built by the oil barons in the 1920s still stand, long after their original owners have gone.

Brookside

Brookside, like Cherry Street, is another popular shopping and entertainment district. This area extends from the Arkansas River east to Peoria. Its defining strip is South Peoria between 31st and 41st Streets, where visitors find a variety of shopping delights, and is home to more than 35 restaurants and nightspots (many with patio seating), featuring everything from sushi to old-fashioned burger and root beer stands. There are also plenty of swanky boutiques, decor shops and art galleries for window shopping. The atmosphere is chic and eclectic, appealing to a younger, more progressive set. Scenic Riverside Drive, which parallels the east bank of the river, and River Parks, the park that stretches along the riverbank, are also popular sections of Brookside.

Utica Square

Utica Square (http://www.uticasquare.com/) is both a very unique shopping center and another neighborhood built with lots of Oil Wealth. It's the most popular midtown shopping area and is mixed with national retailers, such as Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Local retailers include many clothing boutiques and New Balance Tulsa, The Box Works, Petty's Fine Foods, Miss Jackson's and Hicks Brunson Opticians, one of Tulsa's oldest optical boutiques. Several of Tulsa's most acclaimed restaurants are also located in Utica Square including the Polo Grille and the Wild Fork.

Located directly behind Utica Square is Tulsa's only Reform Jewish institution, Temple Israel (http://www.templetulsa.com/). Temple Israel was founded in 1914 and currently has a membership of approximately 500 family units. Temple Israel is a Reform Congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the national organization of Reform Judaism.

Kendall-Whittier

To the east of downtown is Tulsas oldest suburban shopping area and is noted for its abundance of red brick. The artsy and historic Circle Cinema is located in this area. The Kendall-Whittier shopping area and surrounding neighborhoods are now the home of much of Tulsas fast growing Hispanic immigrant community. Just to the east of this area is The University of Tulsa.

Southern Hills

Southern Hills is an exclusive neighborhood on the south side that is centered around the The Southern Hills Country Club. Southern Hills has been the home to 13 major golf championships including four US Opens. Oral Roberts University with its very distinctive architecture is in this area.

71st Street Corridor/Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills is a both a region in the south east part of the city and is the states largest shopping mall. The area around the mall is a massive shopping district with all the usual stores and traffic that reaches for miles along 71st St from Tulsa into Broken Arrow, OK. Most, though not all of the businesses in this area are chains, ranging from big box stores like BestBuy and CompUSA to restaurants like Krispy Kreme and Famous Dave's.

East Tulsa

East Tulsa is a suburban style area. This region includes several growing multi ethnic communities with booming Hispanic and Asian populations. Eastland Mall is in this area.

North Tulsa and Greenwood

North Tulsa is the traditional home of Tulsas African-American community. OSU-Tulsa is here just north of downtown. Many visit the Greenwood Cultural Center and the new Tulsa Air and Space Museum. OSU-Tulsa is located in this part of town. The Tulsa Race Riot Memorial is located here. Langston University-Tulsa is here as well. Further to the northeast close to Tulsa International Airport are Mohawk Park which includes the Tulsa Zoo and the Tulsa Air and Space Center. Tulsas African-American high school during the segregation era, Booker T Washington High School, in this area was recently judged to be the 58th best high school in the nation by Newsweek.

West Tulsa

West Tulsa is another reminder of Tulsas Oil rich past. Two huge oil refineries remain in operation to the this day on the west bank of the river. This large industrial area gives way to wooded and hilly neighborhoods. Tulsas general aviation airport Jones Airport is also in this area. The classic art deco Webster High School is here as is the popular train themed Ollies Station Restaurant sitting next to the Tulsa rail yard.

The Riverparks system is also here on the bank of the river including the Riverwest Festival Park with its floating stage amphitheater overlooking downtown which is home to such popular events as Oktoberfest (one of the largest Oktoberfests in North America) and the Gatesway Balloon Festival.

The new Riverwalk development features entertaining shops and restaurants along with riverfront outdoor ampitheater on the west bank of the Arkansas River just south of Tulsa in suburban Jenks next to the Oklahoma Aquarium

Museums and Attractions

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Philbrook Museum of Art

Philbrook

Located between Utica Square and Brookside is Philbrook Museum of Art, housed in what once was Waite Phillips' sprawling Italianite villa, built in 1927. In 1938 Waite Phillips surprised Tulsans and those who built Philbrook with the announcement of his gift of the 72-room mansion and surrounding 23 acres (93,000 m²) of grounds as an art center for the city of Tulsa. The immense house, with its spacious rooms, wide corridors and great halls, was a natural for the art center that took possession. Because of its steel and concrete framework, minimal remodeling was required to make it suited for its new purposes. Today, it houses one of the finest permanent collections of Renaissance & Baroque art and scuplture in the United States, featuring work from such masters as Piero di Cosimo, Biagio d'Antonio da Firenze, Tanzio da Varallo & Bernardo Strozzi. In addition, Philbrook features 19th Century European artists, William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, American artists Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, and Levi Wells Prentice, as well as an outstanding Native American and African art collection.

Gilcrease

Arguably the finest and unarguably the largest Western Art collection in the world can be found at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum of Art. The art collection includes over 10,000 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by 400 artists from colonial times to the present. Among the Western artists for which Gilcrease is renowned are Frederic Remington (including 18 of his 22 bronzes), Albert Bierstadt, William M. Cary, George Catlin, Woody Crumbo, William R. Leigh, Alfred Jacob Miller, Thomas Moran, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles M. Russell, Olaf Seltzer, Joseph H. Sharp, Willard Stone and Charles Banks Wilson

Some of the important, non-western artists featured in the Gilcrease Collection include Thomas Eakins, Robert Feke, Charles Wilson Peale, Daniel Chester French, John Singleton Copley, James McNeil Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, John James Audubon, William Merritt Chase, and N. C. Wyeth.

In 1890, soon after the birth of Thomas Gilcrease, the Gilcrease family moved to Indian Territory. His mother's Creek Indian ancestry enabled the family to live in the Creek Nation, where Thomas grew to adulthood. In 1922 he founded the Gilcrease Oil Company and in less than ten years had greatly expanded his original holdings.

Gilcrease purchased his first oil painting in 1922, but most of the collection was amassed after 1939. The first Gilcrease Museum opened at his oil company head-quarters in San Antonio in 1943. Within a few years, Gilcrease returned to Tulsa with his oil company and his growing collection. He opened a gallery for public viewing on his Tulsa estate in 1949. During the early 1950s Gilcrease acquired numerous works of art, artifacts, and documents. Declining oil prices made it difficult for him to finance major purchases. Faced with a seemingly insurmountable debt, Gilcrease offered to sell his entire collection in order to keep it intact. In 1954, fearing that the Gilcrease Museum would leave Tulsa, a small group of citizens organized a bond election which paid Gilcrease's outstanding debts. Thomas Gilcrease then deeded his collection to the City of Tulsa in 1955. In 1958, the Gilcrease Foundation conveyed the museum buildings and grounds to the City of Tulsa. In the years following the transfer of the collection, Thomas Gilcrease continued to fund archaeological excavations and acquire additional materials for the collection. Upon his death in 1962, he bequeathed to the museum the material he had collected during his final years.

Other Museums and Attractions

Other important museums and attractions in the Tulsa area include the Sherwin Miller Museum (http://www.jewishmuseum.net/) of Jewish Art, formerly the Fenster Museum of Jewish Art. The Miller offers the largest collection of Judaica in the Southwest.

The Will Rogers memorial is in nearby Claremore as is the J.M. Davis Gun Museum. The Tulsa Air and Space Center is near Tulsa International Airport and The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks boasts a walk through shark tank. The outstanding Tulsa Zoo is north of downtown. The Tulsa Historical Center is near Utica Square and Philbrook in midtown next to the Tulsa Garden Center. The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is downtown.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 393,049 people, 165,743 households, and 99,114 families residing in the city. The population density is 830.9/km² (2,152.0/mi²). There are 179,405 housing units at an average density of 379.2/km² (982.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 70.09% Caucasian, 15.47% African American, 4.72% Native American, 1.82% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.45% from other races, and 4.40% from two or more races. At least 7.15% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race, with more unregistered living within the city.

Tulsa also has significant religious diversity represented by its active Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic and various other congregations. Popular places of worship include St. Pius X Catholic Church, Holy Family Cathedral, Temple Israel, All Souls Unitarian (which is the nations largest Unitarian church), Victory Christian Center, Asbury United Methodist Church and Boston Avenue Methodist Church. The city also has Buddhist, Muslim, and other communities.

There are 165,743 households out of which 28.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% are married couples living together, 12.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% are non-families. 33.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.31 and the average family size is 2.98.

In the city the population is spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $35,316, and the median income for a family is $44,518. Males have a median income of $32,779 versus $25,587 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,534. 14.1% of the population and 10.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.5% of those under the age of 18 and 8.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

However the flip side of this, the median income of Tulsa, Oklahoma goes a long way. In 2005, Salary.com conducted a survey finding cities where you get the most value for your salary, and where you get the least. "Rounding out the Top 5 "Profitable Cities" is the booming Oklahoma town of Tulsa. Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma with 393,000 residents, and is expected to gain 30,000 more inhabitants by 2010. Tulsa isn't your typical Oklahoma oil patch town. It's one of America's top industry leaders in aerospace, oil and gas, and technology. Extremely low business and living costs, as well as a low unemployment rate, has helped power Tulsa into our Top 5."

Education

Tulsa is home to a large variety of colleges and universities, including:

Oklahoma State University's nationally ranked College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Tulsa's College of Law are also both located in Tulsa. Also nearby are campuses of Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, Broken Arrow, Muskogee), Rogers State University (Claremore, Bartlesville, Pryor), Oklahoma Wesleyan University (Bartlesville), Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Colllege (Miami), and RHEMA Bible Training Center (Broken Arrow).

Elementary education is offered by Tulsa Public Schools, Union Public Schools, Jenks Public Schools, Broken Arrow Public Schools, and Bixby Public Schools. In addition, there are multiple parochial elementary and middle schools in the Tulsa metropolitan area. There are nine public high schools in the Tulsa school district with many more in the suburbs. Among the most prominent private secondary schools are Bishop Kelley School, Cascia Hall and Holland Hall School.

The Tulsa City-County Library system is the largest in the state of Oklahoma, containing 1.7 million volumes in 25 library facilities, including one Central Library, four regional libraries, and the rest scattered about the city and many of its suburbs located inside Tulsa County.

Entertainment

Tulsa is often known as the city "where the South meets the West." With the city's interesting mix of Southern settlers, Northern oilmen, and Western ranchers and thanks to Tulsa's location in an area historically famous for Native Americans, the city and surrounding areas are home to many unique museums and attractions:

  • Philbrook (http://www.philbrook.org/) Museum of Art
  • Gilcrease Museum (http://www.gilcrease.org)
  • Other Museums (http://www.tulsaweb.com/museum.htm)
  • The Tulsa Zoo (http://www.tulsaweb.com/museum.htm), which has recently been recognized as "America's Favorite Zoo" by Microsoft Game Studios as a promotion for their upcoming game, titled "Zoo Tycoon 2." [1] (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/nov04/11-24TulsaFaveZooPR.asp)
  • Bells (http://www.bellsfamilyfun.com/bells/) Amusement Park
  • Big Splash (http://www.bigsplashwaterpark.com/) Water Park
  • Cherokee (http://www.CherokeeCasino.com/) Casino
  • Creek (http://www.creeknationcasino.com/) Nation Casino

See also

External links

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