WEST TULSA, OKLAHOMA: Then and Now

Wilkie & Margaret Clock (my grandparents) and their 7 children (my dad & aunts & uncles) lived in West Tulsa, from 1918-1933, at the Methodist Church’s rectory. Since he was the minister there during those years. This was where my dad, Charles, and most of his brothers and sisters grew up.

When my grandfather died, my grandmother moved to a house on College St, across the river from W. Tulsa …to Tulsa proper. Then in her later years, to a house on North Elwood St.

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MAP KEY …… FOR “CLOCK” LOCATIONS ON BOTH 2012 SATELLITE MAPS OF TULSA:

#1. West Tulsa United Methodist Church – 1923 S Phoenix Avenue. My grandfather’s (Wilkie C. Clock) church. The Clock family lived in the rectory next door until he died in 1933.  Then his widow moved across the Arkansas River, in Tulsa.
#2. Old Tulsa Central HS – E 6th St and S Cincinnati Avenue. Where my dad, mom, aunts and uncles went to high school.
#3. Goodwill (1944-?) – E Archer St. and S Main St. WC Clock (my grandfather) founded Goodwill in Tulsa.
#4. Locust Park – where S Cincinnati curves approaching freeway today. This park was in the middle of where the Clocks, Collins’ and Quinns (my Aunt Rita) all lived near each other during the 1930’s.
#5. Margaret M. Clock (my grandma’s) Home in 1933 – 1311 S Cincinnati Avenue.
#6. Margaret M. Clock Home (sometime after 1933) – 1120 N College St. Most of my parents’ letters right after they got married, went to this address.
#7. LM Collins Home in 1933 – 1337 E 13th St. Where my Grandmother Collins, mother (Ellen) & uncles (Art & James) lived.
#8. Quinn and LM Collins Homes before 1933 – Between E 16th and E 17th St on S Cincinnati.

*Grandma Margaret M Clock’s last home, on N. Elwood St. When 1100 and N Elwood is put into the google map search, it takes me to 1100 S Elwood. Following Elwood North until it becomes N Elwood you find Elwood ends before getting to 1100 block. The 1100 block on N Elwood might now be where an extensive freeway interchange is located.

Although the aerial photo of the West Tulsa Church may not look like the church, when you look at ground photos you can see that it is including the add-on to the church. It is located at 1923 S Phoenix.
-PLC

Close Up Map, Tulsa, OK

Larger Map (including College Street house), Tulsa, OK

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

West Tulsa is a local name given to an area situated in the west section of the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma which includes various communities to the west and south of the Arkansas River.

MAP: West Tulsa is the area to the lower left (SW) on the map. Across the Arkansas River from downtown Tulsa.

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Layout

The southwest quadrant of Tulsa is split into county and city areas, so that the county areas include industrial area enclaves and lands south and west of the city limits. Some communities are within city limits and others are not, including a large section of urban housing and commercial and industrial development around West 23rd street, which is the most developed area of West Tulsa. Generally accepted communities of West Tulsa in city limits areRed Fork, Carbondale, Garden City, and Turkey Mountain. Those not within Tulsa City limits are Berryhill and Prattville (though annexed by the city ofSand Springs in 1964). Other communities considered a part of West Tulsa but located in Creek County are Oakhurst, Oakridge, and Allen-Bowden.

The most significant road in West Tulsa is Southwest Boulevard, which was formerly part of Route 66.

West Tulsa is also home to The Oaks Country Club, one of Tulsa’s three major country clubs, Inverness Village, a large retirement community, andCamp Loughridge, a Christian Summer Camp operates on 186 acres of land in West Tulsa. Goodwill Industries is also located in this area as well as several companies supporting Tulsa’s transportation industry adjacent to the BNSF Railway ‘Cherokee’ railyard.

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Former Texaco refinery in West Tulsa, looking across the Arkansas River toward Tulsa. It was bought by Holly Corporation in 2010.

Two oil refineries operate in West Tulsa. Sunoco‘s Tulsa refinery opened in 1913, and is located adjacent to I-244 at the Arkansas River. A sale of this refinery to Holly Corp. of Dallas, Texas was announced, with a planned closing date of June 1, 2009.[1] The Sinclair Refinery (built in 1910 by Texaco) is located on Southwest Boulevard.[2]Holly Corporation of Dallas, Texas bought both the former Texaco refinery and the Sunoco refineries in 2009 and announced that it would operate both as a single refinery.[3]

History

West Tulsa became an incorporated town in 1907, but was annexed by the City of Tulsa on September 7, 1909.[4]

West Tulsa had one of the first amusement parks in the area, having its first visitors before 1920 at a park owned by The Park Addition Company, which operated a dance hall, concessions, and boat rides.

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In 1921, the Electric Amusement Park Company took control over the site, adding the only miniature train ride in Oklahoma at the time. By 1922, the company contracted to operators of carousel and Ferris wheel rides, but financial problems closed the park in 1925. After changing hands, the park reopened in 1928, remodeled and renamed as Crystal City and featuring Tulsa’s giant Zingo roller coaster.

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Operation of the park was successful until a fire in 1956 burned down the bath house and Casa Loma dance hall, forcing its closure.[5]Many of the rides were installed at another one of Tulsa’s facilities, Lakeview Amusement Park near the Mohawk Zoo. Investors bought the buildings and lease in September 1958 to build what became the Crystal City Shopping Center, a major shopping venue for West Tulsans, with an anchoring bowling alley called Crystal Bowl.

In June 2006, the Southwest Tulsa Main Street Committee had plans to present a request to the city of Tulsa for support of an Urban Main Street program covering Southwest Boulevard from OSU Medical Center to Crystal City. The request is the first step toward getting the area certified as part of the Oklahoma Main Street program, which should help the West Tulsa area economically.

(It must have been a big deal. Funny thing is …I never heard my parents or any other relatives talk about the amusement park in W Tulsa. Or wasn’t I listening?)

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LINK:
Link to Tulsa Street Map:
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(city seal)

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(Tulsa location, 2nd biggest city in OK)

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HISTORY OF TULSA:
(from Wikipedia)

CITY NICKNAMES: “Oil Capital of the World”, “Tulsey Town”, “T-Town”, “The 918”.

What was ultimately to become Tulsa was originally part of Indian Territory and was first settled by the Lochapoka and Creek tribes in 1836.[19] They established a home under a large oak tree at the present day intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and 18th Street, and named their new settlement “Tallasi”, meaning “old town” in the Creek language, which later became “Tulsa”.[19] On January 18, 1898, Tulsa was officially incorporated and elected its first mayor, Edward Calkins.[20]

When Tulsa was a small town near the banks of the Arkansas River in 1901, Tulsa’s first oil well, named Sue Bland No. 1,[20] was established that year. By 1905, the discovery of the large Glenn Pool (located approximately 15 miles south of downtown Tulsa and site of the present day town of Glenpool) prompted a rush of entrepreneurs to the area’s growing number of oil fields; Tulsa’s population swelled to over 140,000 between 1901 and 1930.[21] By 1909, seven years after the discovery of oil in the area, Tulsa’s population had sprouted to 18,000. Known as the “Oil Capital of the World” for most of the 20th century, the city’s success in the energy industry prompted construction booms in the popular Art Deco style of the time.[8] Profits from the oil industry continued through the Great Depression, helping the city’s economy fare better than most in the United States during the 1930s.[22]
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Skyline of downtown Tulsa today.

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Sign that has greeted travelers on Route 66 for decades, in Tulsa.

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You know, seeing that road sign (above) got me to thinking. Could that have been it? Living alongside of Route 66 …the main highway to the promised land of California, before freeways? The black top pointing West, ran right by my parent’s doors. Just completed in 1927, when they (Charles & Ellen) were teenagers. Route 66 …to Flagstaff and the Golden State and the blue Pacific. Saying, “Come on!! Why are you sitting there?” And then, perhaps my parents caught the fever? “Head out west and let’s see what happens”. It SURE would have for me, I do know that!

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Highway sign

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Map of Route 66 …Chicago, through Tulsa to Los Angeles

(BMC)

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Enough about me. More importantly, this blog is intended to be a gathering spot for all available materials relating to the Clock family, past, present & future ....an interest of mine for many years.
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