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Photo: The Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society.

Early Tulsa History Tour

The history of Tulsa is bold and exciting, filled with stories of early Native Americans, the discovery of oil and the building of a great city. The modern history of the county began when the Lochapoka Creek left Alabama and found a new home along the banks of the Arkansas River. White settlers eventually joined them, seeing the rich land as ripe for opportunity. The railroad arrived in "Tulsey Town" in 1882 to serve the cattle business, and from this emerging industry Tulsa was transformed from a small Indian town to a boomtown of oil discovery and commerce. Investors of all kinds flocked to the city and Tulsa began to take shape.

Early Tulsa: Black Towns

Early Tulsa: Horse-Drawn Tank Wagons
Early Tulsa: Dawson School
Early Tulsa: Baseball

Early Tulsa: White Settlers Take Over

Early Tulsa: Osage Buffalo Hunters

Early Tulsa: Gangs and Lawlessness

Early Tulsa: Cattle Drives

Early Tulsa: "Whiskey Caves"
Early Tulsa: Red Fork