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According to the 1920 Tulsa City Directory, the address of the Drexel Building was 319 S. Main. This building is significant in Tulsa's history because according to the Tulsa Daily World, Wednesday, 6/1/1921, it was this building where Dick Rowland, a negro bootblack, was arrested for assaulting a white girl in an elevator. The Tulsa Race Riots broke out soon afterward.

Source: 1920 Tulsa City Directory 
 

In 2003, Tulsa County voters approved a $535 million Vision 2025 improvements package that included $183 million to construct and arena and renovate the convention center. $141 million went to the arena and $42 million for the convention center.
The arena is bounded by First and Third Streets and Denver and Frisco Avenues. The tallest point of the structure will stand at 165 feet above the plaza level. In addition, the area will have about 530,000 square feet of gross heated space and about 56,000 square feet of gross non-heated space.
Famed architect Cesar Pelli and his firm, Cesar Pelli & Associates, designed this modern, swirling structure.
The new arena is called the BOK Center, and the Bank of Oklahoma will pay a total of $11 million in cash over the next 20 years for the naming rights to the 18,041-seat facility that opened in September 2008.
Source: Tulsa World, February 22, 2008; p. A9; Tulsa World, Oct. 28, 2005; p. A1; Tulsa World, June 3, 2005; p. A12; Tulsa World, Dec. 3, 2005; p. E1. 
 

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USA - 308,745,539.
Oklahoma - 3,751,351.
Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) - 937,478.
Tulsa County - 603,403.
Tulsa City - 391,906.
 

Source: US Census

USA - 281,421,906
Oklahoma - 3,450,654
Tulsa MSA - 842,920
Tulsa County - 563,299
Tulsa City - 393,049

Source:  US Census 
 

United States - 248,710,000.
Oklahoma - 3,146,000.
Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) - 709,000.
Tulsa County - 503,300.
Tulsa City - 367,300.

Source:  Capital Improvements Plan: City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1997, p. 4. 
 

USA - 226,546,000.
Oklahoma - 3,025,300.
Tulsa MSA - 657,200.
Tulsa County - 470,600.
Tulsa City - 360,900.

Source: Capital Improvements Plan: City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1997, p. 4. 
 

USA - 203,302,000.
Oklahoma - 2,559,500.
Tulsa MSA - 525,900.
Tulsa County - 400,000.
Tulsa City - 330,400.

Source: Capital Improvements Plan: City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1997, p. 4. 
 

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James L. Henkle, associate professor of the school of art at the University of Oklahoma designed the screen on commission from the Tulsa Historical Society.  In the center of the screen is a stylized turtle, made of oxidized copper.  Surrounding it, in braised brass, polished brass and copper, are flame forms representing the sacred fire of the Creek Indians, Tulsa’s first citizens.  The screen weighs more than 500 pounds and is currently located on the second floor of the Central Library.
The bronze plaque mounted on the oak leaves of the screen was originally placed on the Council Oak Tree (18 Street and South Cheyenne Avenue) by the Tulsa D.A.R. chapter in 1923.  In 1965 the plaque was given to the Tulsa Historical Society for fear of it being vandalized.    On July 1, 1965, the plaque and “Place of the Turtles” screen was dedicated on the 3rd floor of the Central Library to identify the then  location of the Tulsa County Historical Society headquarters and archives.

Source: Tulsa World, May 1, 1965; p. 1; Tulsa County Historical Society Dedicatory Program, July 1, 1965.

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