is the second-largest city in Oklahoma. Covering 186.8 sq mi, the city is spread across Osage County, Rogers County, Tulsa County and Wagoner County. It has a population of 392,000 (2011 estimate) within a metropolitan area with close to a million inhabitants.
Tulsa was originally part of Indian Territory. It was settled in 1836 by the Lochapoka and Creek tribes of Native Americans, under an oak tree. The Creek Council Oak Tree is now a local landmark at the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and 18th Street. The settlement was named Tallasi, which means "old town" in the Creek language. This was eventually corrupted to "Tulsa".
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The present city of Tulsa was incorporated in 1898. A few years later, oil was discovered in the area, fueling a rapid population growth. Oil money funded the construction of modern buildings in the Art Deco style. Even during the Great Depression, Tulsa fared better than many other cities of the United States. The construction of US Highway 66 further helped to improve Tulsa's economy.
In 1921, a major race riot broke out in Tulsa that claimed the lives of 16 white citizens and as many as 300 blacks. The fortunes of Tulsa is closely tied to oil prices. When gas prices dropped in the early 1980's, it badly affected the economy of the city. It took the city a decade to recover from the recession, after which its leaders took steps to diversify the city's economy.
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Tulsa experiences a temperate climate. Summers are very hot, with temperatures often exceeding 105°F (41°C) between July and early September. Winters are mild, although on rare occasions the temperature may fall below 0°F (-18°C)
Visiting Tulsa, Oklahoma
Interstate 44 passes through Tulsa from northeast to southwest. You can also fly to Tulsa International Airport (TUL), which is served by direct flights to major cities of the United States.
Places of Interest in Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Creek Council Oak Tree
- Geo Science Center
- Gilcrease Museum
- Greenwood Cultural Center
- Ida Dennie Willis Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
- Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
- Penguins on Parade
- Philbrook Museum of Art
- Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
- Tulsa Air and Space Museum
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