Early Tulsa Traffic Issues: Horse-Drawn Milk and Ice Wagons

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In a July 14th, 1971 Action Line article, the Tulsa World responded to a question about the last horse-drawn milk and ice wagons in Tulsa. The TW responded, "We can't give you an exact date, but we can give you a general idea from old newspaper clippings. The horseless ice wagon made its first appearance in Tulsa in late February, 1927. The Tulsa Ice Co. made a two-week experiment with a new truck and reported it economical and speedy. During the early years of World War II, many businesses began abandoning their trucks and reverting to horse-drawn delivery vehicles. By June 12, 1942, an increase in the number of horse-drawn vehicles was blamed for traffic problems in downtown Tulsa. On June 12, 1946, Beatrice Creamery, one of the firms that utilized horses during the war, announced that it would once again replace horses with trucks."


The first mayor was W.H. Templeton and the aldermen were A.F. Jones, Will Simpson, Elmer Garret, T.A. Mooney and L.H. Feasal. The recorder was F.A. Fuller and marshal was Jack Smith. When statehood arrived, the town was a two months old. But from news reports, West Tulsa was having a building boom and Sept. 7, 1909, its independence ended. “The City Commissioners has admitted West Tulsa as a part of the city,” the Tulsa Chief trumpeted. “West Tulsa became a separate municipality two years ago. It is a village of 500 population, with two oil refineries and large railroad yards.”

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