The Peggy Helmerich Library will be closed temporarily for light renovation. We anticipate the closure to last several weeks. During the closure, any items you have placed on hold will be sent to Hardesty Library.
The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service includes maps, tracks, averages and summaries that apply to tornadic activity in the United States. The Norman office of the National Weather Service keeps a historic list of tornado data by county. The EF Scale became operational on February 1, 2007 and is used to assign a tornado a 'rating' based on estimated wind speeds and related damage.
Source: National Weather Service web sites.
Construction on the $40 million project began in 2008 and is located seven miles northwest of downtown on 240 acres. The land was donated by Gentner Drummond and Tom Atherton. One hundred eighty acres are being conserved in their natural state of woodlands and prairie with walking and tram trails. The master plan calls for 15 major theme gardens, 60 specialty gardens, a 3,000-seat amphitheater, a conservatory, an education complex, an interfaith chapel, and a three-story observation tower.
Guests are encouraged to bring water and insect repellent.
Source: Tulsa World, 6/26/2008, p. D2; Tulsa World, 9/5/2008, p.A16. Botanical Garden website.
The Oklahoma Tax Commission has a listing by city of all Oklahoma Tag Agencies.
There is a tag agency downtown: Downtown Tulsa Tag Agency, LLC, 201 West 5th Street, Suite 110, Tulsa OK 74103; Phone: 918.582.8247. Their hours are: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Source: Oklahoma Tax Commission web site.
GED records can be obtained from:
Lifelong Learning Section - Adult Education & GED Testing
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd. - Room 115
Oklahoma City OK 73105-4599
Toll Free: (800) 405-0355
Phone: (405) 521-3321
GED records from other states are also available. Contact the Research Center at Central Library for the necessary addresses and phone numbers. (918) 549-7323
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Several years ago, the Tulsa City County Library donated their Sanborn Maps to the Tulsa Historical Society. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the city of Tulsa can be viewed at THS. Contact the Tulsa Historical Society at: 2445 S. Peoria, Tulsa OK 74114. Phone: (918)712-9484.
The Tulsa City County Library does have access to digital Sanborn Maps (1867-1970). These are available from home and all TCCL libraries with a valid library card.
Source: Tulsa City County Library Staff.
The Tallgrass Prairie originally covered portions of 14 states and 142 million acres, and was one of North America's largest ecosystems. It exists now only in the Flint Hills of Oklahoma and Kansas. The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve was purchased in 1989 by the Nature Conservancy and consists of the 30,000 acre Barnard Ranch, and approximately 9,000 more acres.
From Tulsa, take Highway 11 North to Pawhuska. The Preserve is just north and west of Pawhuska. Once in Pawhuska, just follow the signs through town where the scenic tour drive actually begins. The drive is approximately 35 miles and lasts about two hours through the preserve.
Source: The Nature Conservancy website.
The James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium, featuring a 50-foot dome, state of the art surround system, ultra-high resolution digital video projectors and seats 110 people, is located just north of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. Their telephone number is: (918)834-9900.
Source: Tulsa World, 4/23/06; p. E1.
The 20 million dollar Oklahoma Aquarium opened June 28, 2003. Located on the west bank of the Arkansas River in Jenks, the aquarium is open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm (last paid admittance, 5 pm). Tuesdays, 10 am to 9 pm (last paid admittance, 8 pm). The aquarium is closed on Christmas Day.
The address is: 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks OK, 74037. Phone: (918)296-3474. Fax: (918)296-3467.
Source: Tulsa World, May 6, 2003; p.A16 and the Oklahoma Aquarium web site.
Information specific to Oklahoma businesses can be obtained from the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, the Oklahoma Secretary of State (for business registration forms), the Oklahoma Tax Commission (for business tax forms), and the Oklahoma District Office for the Small Business Administration. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce also has state information on their site under Business services. If you are starting a business in Tulsa, be sure to check out the One-Stop Permit and Licensing Center.
Source: TCCL Government Documents web page.
Turkey Mountain is located on the West Bank of the Arkansas River across from 61st Street. It is 147 acres of wilderness acquired in 1978 by the River Parks Authority. Wild Turkeys, that were once prevalent in the area, were re-introduced to the area.
Source: Footsteps Through Tulsa by Marilyn Inhofe-Tucker, p. 115, 1995.
The Tulsa World has listed these places in the Tulsa area as spooky places to visit during the Halloween season. These include: The Silver Dollar Cafe, Crybaby Bridge, Gravity Hill, Center of the Universe, The Hanging Tree, The Brady Theater, The Tower of Darkness, Sparky's Graveyard (Postoak Cemetery), the Old North Road Brick Factory, Thomas Gilcrease Home, Cain's Ballroom, the Tulsa Garden Center, Jason's Deli at 15th Street, the Tulsa Little Theater, and The Hex House.
Additional sites include: Philbrook Museum, the Spotlight Theatre, the Old Central High School, and Will Rogers High School.
For additional information, see the "Hex House" vertical file in the Research Center workroom of the Central Library.
Sources: Tulsa World, October 28, 2005, p. D1; Tulsa World, October 27, 2004, p. ZW1; Tulsa World, August 10, 2004, p. A1; Tulsa World, October 31, 2003, p. D1; Tulsa World, October 30, 2000, p.13; Tulsa World, October 26, 1997, p. D1; and Tulsa World, November 3, 1997, p.10.
According to the City of Tulsa, here is a list of the most frequently flooded streets in Tulsa:
4300 South Sheridan
18500 East 42st Street
20100 East 11th Street
1800 North Mingo Road
2900 North Garnett
11000 East 36th Street North
5500 North Mingo Road
100 West 81st Street
8600 South Elwood
30th and South Riverside Drive
800 North Lewis
6200 to 6400 South Lewis
Cameron and Denver Avenue
Source: Tulsa Fire Department; Tulsa World, October 8, 2009, p.A9.
At the northeast corner of Central Library near the north entrance is a memorial walk-way and small garden area in honor of Charles Norman, a local attorney and long-time library supporter. Mr. Norman donated hours of legal service to the library and was one of the architects of the "1% for art" ordinance that requires new public building budgets to include 1% of construction costs for the purchase of art. The memorial was designed by Carl Szafranski of Szafranski-Pugh & Associates, Inc., with the middle piece of the mosaic showcasing the letter N for Norman. The blue tile paving pieces create a terrazzo walkway that matches blue tile inside Central Library.
Source Library staff; "Timeless Contribution", TW, 1/10/09; Verified, 9/11.