Some fascinating facts about Tulsa, you probably weren't aware of.
Jul 15, 2021
Tulsa is located in the north eastern region of Oklahoma, on the Arkansas River, between the Osage Hills and the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma.
Tulsa is the 47th-most populous city in the United States.
The name Tulsa is derived from tulasi or tallasi meaning "the old town".
Location of Tulsa was once a part of the Indian Territory (area where Native Americans were forced to go by the US Federal Government under the Indian Removal Act).
One of the worst incidents in the history of Tulsa was the Tulsa Race Massacre, wherein a group of White people attacked households and businesses in Greenwood neighborhood where a majority of Blacks lived.
Earlier, the Greenwood neighborhood was known as the Black Wall Street, where African-Americans had created a prosperous business district.
Tulsa was officially incorporated on January 18, 1898. Edward Calkins was the first Mayor of Tulsa.
Tulsa played a major role in the American oil industry in most of the 20th century. It was called the Oil Capital of the World. In 1907, Tulsa was the world's largest oil producer.
Tulsa houses one of the largest collections of Art Deco architecture in the United States. Some of the famous art deco structures here include, Mid-Continent Tower, Will Rogers High School and the Philtower.
Bok Tower, Oklahoma's 2nd tallest building, is located in Tulsa.
Tulsa is called Buckle of the Bible Belt as prominent Protestant Christians lived here. Tulsa is home to Mainline Protestant congregations and has religious radio and TV stations.
The Drunkard, a dramedy, and Olio, a musical skit, opened at Tulsa's Spotlight Theater in 1953, and has been running ever since, making them the longest continually running stage plays in America.
Tulsa Port of Catoosa is one of the busiest inland river ports of America.
Center of the Universe, is a circle of bricks, standing in which, sounds echo much louder but barely heard outside the circle. This mysterious spot is a popular tourist attraction of Tulsa.
At 60 feet, weighing 30 tons, Praying Hands, a monument in Tulsa, is the largest bronze sculpture in the world.
Tulsa has the highest number of manmade lakes among all cities in the United States.
The Golden Driller, a 75-foot-tall statue, and the sixth tallest statue of USA, is located at the entrance of the Tulsa Expo Center.
The 'yield' road sign, that was first used in Tulsa and then the world over, was invented by Clinton Riggs, a police officer from Tulsa.
Gordon Matthews, a graduate from the University of Tulsa invented the voice message exchange, which is now known as voicemail.
On a road trip to Tulsa, QuikTrip, a chain of gas and convenience stores, is a must-visit. It's also famous for apple fritters.
Apart from its love for art and architecture, Tulsa is also famous for lively urban districts and very good dining. If these facts about Tulsa intrigue you, consider visiting this beautiful place once.