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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.

In May 2013, the American Indian Resource Center moved from Central Library to Zarrow Regional Library (2224 W. 54th ST, Tulsa). Central Library closed in August 2013 for a two-year major renovation. In March 2014 the ‘Place of the Turtles’ screen was erected at Zarrow Regional Library. The American Indian Resource Center and its Turtle screen will remain at Zarrow Regional Library.

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The following words are imbedded in the wall at the head of the staircase on the second floor of the Central Library and were written by American author, Clarence Day.  The Central Library opened in June 1965.

The World of Books…
Is the most remarkable creation of man
nothing else that he builds ever lasts
monuments fall
nations perish
civilizations grow old and die out
and after an era of darkness
new races build others
but in the world of books are volumes
that have seen this happen again and again
and yet live on
still young
still as fresh as the day they were written
still telling men’s hearts
of the hearts of men centuries dead.

Clarence Day
Dedicated June 1965

Source: Tulsa Tribune, May 22, 1965; Tulsa Tribune, June 29, 1965

“Twenty –first at Riverside”, the city’s first inner urban mural, was designed by Herb Robb, an artist of the Chilton Group.  Located on the 4th Floor of the Central Library in the Research Center, the design is in the form of a mosaic, with 38,400 squares that form the bridge and its surroundings.    Macs Abney volunteered to apply paint to each square – a task that took about eight months working nights and weekends – after his regular job which was painting outdoor signs.  The mural was first introduced at a public viewing at 4pm on Tuesday, March 3, 1981.  Contributors included: Ed Sutherland, Don-Rey Outdoor Advertising Company and Ben Floyd, Fourth National Bank.

Source: Tulsa World, February 27, 1981.

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