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America's Most Beautiful City!

Tulsa..."The Oil Capital Of The World," is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city located in the heart of Eastern Oklahoma's Green Country. With some of the country's finest hotels, motels, and restaurants, Tulsa also boasts of excellent transportation facilities, both air and land, as well as year-round festivals, entertainment, the arts, sporting events and a wide range of attractions to suit all tastes.

Tulsa's History

The roots for modern day Tulsa were put down when a band of Creek Indians settled by the Arkansas River in 1836. Under an oak tree that still stands today at 18th Street and Cheyenne, their leader, Archie Yahola, named the settlement "Tulsey" after the Creek word "Tullahassee," meaning "Old Town."

The Creek Settlement became a center for commerce in 1846 when Lewis Perryman built a log cabin and trading post a few miles south of the Creek encampment. In 1879, Perryman's son George served as Postmaster of the newly-designed community of Tulsa and began building the trading post into the largest cattle ranch in the Creek nation. This successful venture inspired many others to establish ranching operations in the area.

Tulsa's Native American population dwindled over time as white settlers took advantage of the Oklahoma land runs of 1889, 1891, and 1893. Even more settlers were drawn into the area when oil was discovered in the nearby settlements of Bartlesville, Red Fork, and Glenpool...a series of events that would eventually lead to Tulsa's designation as "The Oil Capital of the World."

Largely due to the wealth of the oil industry, skyscrapers began to mark the area near the river in the early part of this century. With the roaring twenties came the advent of art deco, a style that still graces many area buildings. Tulsa continued to prosper during the 1930s and the World War II era, when over 140 companies had a hand in war production manufacturing.

Tulsa Today

The decades since the war have seen great expansion in Tulsa, especially to the South and East. Today, the city that was once dominated by the oil industry is now home to a diversified base of business. With a central location, well-trained work force, and state of the art infrastructure, the Tulsa area is now known as a high-tech city, a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by some of the country's largest and most advanced corporations. American Airlines has a major presence here, as does Ford Motor Company and Whirlpool, while Tulsa's Port of Catoosa, America's largest inland international seaport, has helped make Tulsa a national distribution center.

The great outdoors is right in our own backyard. Situated near the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Tulsa is in the heart of Oklahoma's "Green Country," surrounded by lakes brimming with water sports, fishing, hiking, and hunting. In fact, Oklahoma has more miles of shoreline than any other state.

There's a lot to do in Tulsa, and we invite you to take it all in. Our business directories and our LINKS page will show you some of the more important attractions, while our MARKETPLACE will feature some interesting shopping experiences.

Tulsa Skyline
Downtown Tulsa Skyline
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Other Communities in the Greater Tulsa Area

Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow, the fifth largest city in the state, is only 15 minutes from Tulsa. The city boasts a high quality of life with great schools, a wide variety of excellent restaurants, affordable overnight accomodations and attractions for the whole family. Such attractions include the annual Rooster Days Festival, a four-day carnival in May featuring non-stop entertainment. The city is also renowned for its outdoor sport facilities, and has seven private and public golf courses including the incomparable Forest Ridge Golf Club.


Three miles south of the Tulsa Port, Catoosa is in the rolling hills and meandering streams of Green Country. This historic town is one of Oklahoma's fastest-growing communities and offers excellent schools and a sound economic base for business. Catoosa displays great pride in its heritage through many civic and cultural activities, including the Liberty Fest in July, Regional Band Days, and the annual Christmas Parade.

Claremore is home to two of Oklahoma's most popular attractions: the Will Rogers Memorial Museum including the Will Rogers Birthplace in Oolagah and the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum. Rodeos, festivals, the county fair, and holiday art and craft shows fill the calendar. Great golf and abundant water recreation are just minutes away.


Okmulgee's scenic beauty, a rich history and friendly people are attributes that continue to make it one of America's most uncommon places. The original Creek Council House, containing the Creek Council House Museum, was built by the Muscogee (Greek) Indians in 1878. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is the only council house of the Five Civilized Tribes still standing on its original site. Annual Okmulgee festivities include the Okmulgee Pecan Festival, Creek Nation Festival, Invitational Rodeo, and the Great West Chili Fest.

Sand Springs

Resting peacefully in the rolling, green hills that border the Arkansas River, Sand Springs is a city that boasts both an established, thriving business base and practically unlimited recreational opportunities. Thousands of visitors come to Sand Springs each summer to experience the vibrant story of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" at the outdoor Discoveryland! amphitheater. Other events include the Herbal Affair and Festival, Annual Labor Day Weekend Festival, Osage Hills Arts and Crafts Show and the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.


Sapulpa, an official Oklahoma Main Street town, has received ten statewide awards for its efforts in preservation and architectural rehabilitation. Special events such as the Creek County Farmer's Market, the Route 66 Blowout and the Main Street Music Festival capitalize on the area's "hometown charm." Another exciting Sapulpa attraction is Frankoma Pottery. Recognized world-wide, Frankoma Pottery offers free factory tours where visitors can watch skilled artisans breath life into native soils as they have for over sixty years.


Like many other towns in Indian Territory, Jenks originated around a railroad. It started as a Midland Railroad depot along the route between Tulsa and Muskogee. Today, the town is known as the "Antique Capitol of Oklahoma" for its many unique antique shops. The town also prides itself on its school system which is widely known for its academic standards. An autumn highlight is the Teddy Bear Convention, held in November at the Jenks Central Campus.


Owasso offers big-city advantages plus small-town atmosphere with friendly neighbors and a relaxed pace. One of the fastest-growing cities in Oklahoma, Owasso boasts six elementary schools, a middle school, an eighth grade and a ninth grade center. In the realm of recreation, the city maintains four community parks and a recreation center. It is also proud of its new 18-hole municipal golf course, Bailey Golf Ranch.

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