56 Facts About Tulsa


Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 47th-most populous city in the United States.

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Tulsa was settled between 1828 and 1836 by the Lochapoka Band of Creek Native American tribe and most of Tulsa is still part of the territory of the Muscogee Nation.

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The area around Tulsa was settled by members of the other so-called "Five Civilized Tribes" who had been relocated to Oklahoma from the Southern United States.

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In 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that much of eastern Oklahoma, including much of Tulsa, falls in the category of Indian Country, reshaping much of the legal jurisdiction in the region.

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Tulsa was still a micro town near the banks of the Arkansas River in 1901 when its first oil well, named Sue Bland No 1, was established.

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Tulsa is located in the northeastern corner of Oklahoma between the edge of the Great Plains and the foot of the Ozarks in a generally forested region of rolling hills.

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However, the City of Tulsa allowed the dam to deteriorate and it no longer functions to retain the lake for which it was designed.

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Tulsa's Mies-trained modernist Robert Lawton Jones designed many buildings in the region, including the Tulsa International Airport.

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South, East, and Midtown Tulsa are home to a number of the ranch and Mid-Century Modern homes that reflect Tulsa's prosperous post-war period.

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Tulsa has the third-, and fourth-tallest buildings in the state, including the Cityplex Tower, which is located in South Tulsa across from Oral Roberts University, far from downtown.

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Tulsa has a number of cycling trails, and has installed protected bike lanes in parts of the downtown area.

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Tulsa has a temperate climate of the humid subtropical variety with a yearly average temperature of 61.

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Tulsa is part of the Southern region demographers and commentators refer to as the "Bible Belt, " where Protestant and, in particular, Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian traditions are very prominent.

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Beyond Oral Roberts and Kenneth E Hagin, a number of prominent Protestant Christians have lived or studied in Tulsa, including Joel Osteen, Carlton Pearson, Kenneth Copeland, Billy Joe Daugherty, Smokie Norful and Billy James Hargis.

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Tulsa is home to a number of vibrant Mainline Protestant congregations.

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Tulsa is home to the largest Jewish community in Oklahoma, with active Reform, Conservative and Orthodox congregations.

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Tulsa is home to the progressive All Souls Unitarian Church, reportedly the largest Unitarian Universalist congregation in the United States.

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Tulsa has diversified to capitalize on its status as a regional hub with substantial innovation assets.

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Tulsa is home to a burgeoning media industry, including PennWell, consumer review website ConsumerAffairs, Stephens Media Group, This Land Press, Educational Development Corporation, GEB America, Blooming Twig Books, and a full range of local media outlets, including Tulsa World and local magazines, radio and television.

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Tulsa is a hub for national construction and engineering companies including Manhattan Construction Company and Flintco.

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Tulsa is home to a division of Lufthansa, the headquarters of Omni Air International, and the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.

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Tulsa is part of the Oklahoma-South Kansas Unmanned Aerial Systems industry cluster, a region which awarded funding by the U S Small Business Administration to build on its progress as a hub this emerging industry.

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Tulsa culture is influenced by the nearby Southwest, Midwest, and Southern cultural regions, as well as a historical Native American presence.

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Since 1969, public displays of artwork in Tulsa have been funded by one percent of its annual city budget.

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Tulsa has a number of exhibits related to U S Route 66, including The Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza, located next to the east entrance of the historic 11th Street Bridge.

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Many of the world's best choreographers have worked with Tulsa Ballet including: Leonide Massine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Kurt Jooss, Nacho Duato, Val Caniparoli who is its resident choreographer, Stanton Welch, Young Soon Hue, Ma Cong, Twyla Tharp and many others.

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City's film community hosts annual festivals such as the Tulsa United Film Festival and Tulsa Overground Film and Music Festival.

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City's zoo, the Tulsa Zoo, was voted "America's Favorite Zoo" in 2005 by Microsoft Game Studios in connection with a national promotion of its Zoo Tycoon 2 computer game.

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Tulsa has one major amusement park attraction, Safari Joe's H2O Water Park, featuring multi-story water slides, large wave pools, and a reptile exhibit.

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Tulsa is known nationally for its barbecue offerings; its barbecue reflects its midpoint location "between pig country and cow country, " that is, in the transition zone between the South and the West.

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Tulsa is home to the nationally acclaimed premium smoker manufacturer Hasty-Bake Company.

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Some Tulsa based barbecue joints have expanded even beyond the state's borders, including Leon's Smoke Shack, Rib Crib and Billy Sims Barbecue.

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Greek immigrants to Tulsa who came by way of Brooklyn, Pennsylvania and Michigan brought with them the tradition of Coney Island-style hot dogs with chili on a bun.

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Tulsa is home to the Oklahoma Sugar Arts Show, a premier sugar craft competition hosted by Tulsa-based Food Network personality Kerry Vincent.

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Tulsa is home to several national dessert companies: Daylight Donuts was founded in Tulsa and remains headquartered there, as is the Bama Pie Company.

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Tulsa is home to the famous Southern Hills Country Club, which is one of only two courses that have hosted seven men's major championships: three U S Opens and four PGA Championships, the most recent in 2022.

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Tulsa is home to FC Tulsa, which competes in the USL Championship.

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Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Ride and Race is a three-day cycling festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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The River Parks Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area on the west side of the Arkansas River in south Tulsa is a 300-acre area that contains over 45 miles of dirt trails available for hiking, trail running, mountain biking and horseback riding.

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Tulsa's Gathering Place was named the Best New Attraction in the Nation in 2018 through the USA Today Readers' Choice awards.

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Tulsa experienced elevated levels of gang violence in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when crack cocaine flooded neighborhoods in North Tulsa.

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North Tulsa has the highest crime rate in the city, with public housing projects being the most heavily affected areas.

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When Tulsa incorporated in 1899, it took over the school, which became the first public school.

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The McFarlin Library at the University of Tulsa is a federal depository library holding over three million items.

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Tulsa has 15 institutions of higher education, including two private universities: the University of Tulsa, a school founded in 1894, and Oral Roberts University, a school founded by evangelist Oral Roberts in 1963.

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Tulsa has a Tulsa branch of Langston University, the only historically black college or university in the state, founded in 1897.

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Tulsa previously had a branch campus of St Gregory's University, a Catholic university with its main campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma; however, that school went into bankruptcy in 2017.

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Tulsa Voice is an Alt-Weekly newspaper covering entertainment and cultural events.

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Until 1992, the Tulsa Tribune served as a daily afternoon newspaper competing with the Tulsa World.

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Urban Tulsa Weekly served as the city's alt-weekly paper from 1991 until its closure in 2013.

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Tulsa has an extensive highway system that connects many cities in the region such as Joplin, Missouri on the Will Rogers Turnpike and Oklahoma City on the Turner Turnpike.

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Highways that run through Tulsa are I-44, I-244, US-412, US-169, OK-66, US-64, US-75, OK-11, OK-51, Creek Turnpike, and Gilcrease Expressway.

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Tulsa Transit has two stations: the Memorial Midtown Station at 7952 E 33rd St in Midtown Tulsa, and the Denver Avenue Station at 319 S Denver, across from the BOK Center in Downtown.

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Tulsa debuted its first bus rapid transit line, Aero on Peoria Avenue, in November 2019.

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Freight railways bisect the city in every direction; the state's chief freight rail transporter is BNSF, which operates the Cherokee Rail Yard in Tulsa, which includes a freight terminal, diesel shop and hump yard for railcar sorting.

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At the head of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is an inland port in the United States and connects barge traffic from Tulsa to the Mississippi River via the Verdigris River and the Arkansas River.

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