Fast Facts

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. 

Benjamin Franklin suggested people set their clocks ahead in the summer as far back as 1784. The first systematic use of Daylight Saving Time did not occur until the Germans began setting clocks ahead in World War I to conserve fuel. Soon, Britian and other Western European countries had also adopted "Summer Time."
The U.S. observed this time change nationwide in 1918 and 1919 and again in World War II from February 9, 1942, through September 30, 1945.
War times have been the only periods that Daylight Saving Time has been observed uniformly in this nation. Local ordinance or state legislation has determined its recognition otherwise.
In 1921 the entire state of Oklahoma was included in the Central Standard Time Zone. After World War II, "Summer Time" was not observed in Oklahoma. From September 30, 1945, through 1967, Daylight Saving again was not observed. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act requiring that any state or U.S. territory wishing to observe Daylight Saving Time had to begin and end it on the same dates the federal government used--2 a.m. the first Sunday in April through 2 a.m. the last Sunday in October. Any state that did not take legal action went on Daylight Saving Time automatically. Therefore, on April 30, 1967, Oklahoma went on Daylight Saving Time and has remained so for the federally designated time period each year.

Source: Action Line, Tulsa World, November 1, 1999. 
Time Changes in the USA, 1966, by Doris Chase Doane.

Elvis Presley

Source: Tulsa World, June 1, 2003; p.H2 


Robert Preston and Susan Hayward

Source: Tulsa World, June 1, 2003; p.H2. 


The incident began on 31 May 1921, and continued into the next day, 1 June 1921.

Source: Death in a Promised Land (TCCL call# 976.686 E47d 1982), pp.47-57. 


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. 

On November 10, 1921, ground was broken to build the Atlas Life building. Companies began to move into the newly opened building in September 1922, and it was dedicated on November 23, 1922.

Source: Tulsa World Special Section, November 19, 1922. 


Designed by Tulsa architect Frank W. Wallace, the ORU Prayer Tower became operational in early 1967. This Tulsa landmark is 196 feet tall, houses 99 bells, has the capability to sustain a 6 foot plume of flame, and cost more than $1 million to build.

Source:  Tulsa World, November 25, 1966 and Tulsa Tribune, May 25, 1977 in the Mid-Week Section. 


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.