Friday, October 30, 2015

Route 66-Tulsa


   This is our first visit to Tulsa. We came with no expectations and were completely charmed by the city. Tulsa is considered the cultural and arts center of Oklahoma. It’s a relatively new city built on the discovery in 1905 of the large Glenn Pool oil field south of the city. By 1920 two thirds of the nations oil was produced in Tulsa. The newly wealthy citizens including J. Paul Getty, Harry Sinclair, William Skelly, and L.E. Phillips built lavish mansions and office buildings in the art deco style. Tulsa is no longer the oil capital of the world but the philanthropic efforts of some of the early oil men can still be seen in the beautiful museums and parks.

  We spent four days in Tulsa which was really not enough time to see everything. I’m dividing this into two parts because otherwise it would be too long. This post is mostly pictures of interesting architecture, old motels and old signs.

  A few classic motels




    Motel signs reused for other businesses. Daylight Donuts was founded in Tulsa in 1954. This is not their traditional sign.


  Brooks Theater opened in 1945. It’s been a restaurant since 1995.078

  Opened in 1962, the Rose Bowl, formerly  bowling lanes is now an event center.


  Moody’s since 1944 and Jim’s Coney Island since the 1950s.


Rancho Grande since 1953.  Tulsans loved this Meadow Gold sign so much that everyone got together to restore it and find it a new home when the building where it had resided for 80 years was torn down.


  Another much loved icon – the 76 foot tall Golden Driller at the main gate of the Tulsa State Fairgrounds


  Because Tulsa is such a young city many of the buildings were constructed during the height of the Art Deco craze and fortunately many of them survived the urban renewal of the 1960s and 70s that destroyed historical sections of other cities.




 Cain’s Ballroom built in 1924 – a garage, a dance hall, and finally a music venue.




1 comment:

  1. You found my blog via Miss Mermaid, and now I have found yours. Very interesting reading. I was told by quite a few people, mainly men, that it was impossible to full-time in a Class C, and certainly to full-time without a towed vehicle!! So I am doing both, as you discovered. It would be nice to correspond personally, but I am a bit afraid to post my email on my blog. I am on quite often, but don't think you participate on that one.

    I travel a lot like you do, but stick to state parks, COE parks, and national park campgrounds because I am still teaching online half-time, and I really, really like my satellite TV, so at least for now, I like sites with electricity. No back roads or Walmart lots since I am alone and bit leery of them.