National Register Listings in
Tulsa County, Oklahoma

100 Block North Greenwood Avenue 66 Motel Ambassador Hotel Atlas Life Building Belmont Apartments Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma Building Blue Dome Historic District (Additional Documentation) Boston Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church Boulder-on-the-Park Brady Heights Historic District Brady Historic District Broken Arrow Elementary-Junior High School Buena Vista Park Historic District Cain's Dancing Academy Carlton Place Historic District Casa Loma Hotel Cheairs Furniture Company Building Church Studio, The Circle Theater Cities Service Station #8 City Veterinary Hospital Clinton-Hardy House Convention Hall Cosden Building Creek Council Tree Site Daniel Webster High School Historic District Dawson School Downtown Tulsa YMCA Dresser, Carl K., House Eleventh Street Arkansas River Bridge Elizabeth Manor Fire Station No. 13 First National Bank Fort Arbuckle Site Fox Hotel Gillette Historic District Gillette-Tyrell Building Harwelden Haskell State School of Agriculture Holland Hall Upper School Holy Family Cathedral, Rectory, and School Hooper Brothers Coffee Company Building Jones, Robert Lawton, House KATY Railroad Historic District Maple Ridge Historic Residential District Mayo Building Mayo Hotel Mayo Motor Inn McBirney, James H., House McFarlin Building McFarlin, Robert M., House McGregor House McLean, B. W., House and Office Mincks-Adams Hotel Moore Manor Morrow Home Place Mount Zion Baptist Church North Cheyenne Avenue Historic District Oil Capital Historic District Oklahoma Natural Gas Company Building Owen Park Historic District Page Memorial Library Parriott, Foster B., House Petroleum Building Philcade Building Phillips 66 Station #473 Phillips, Waite, Mansion Philtower Pierce Block Public Service of Oklahoma Building Ranch Acres Historic District Riverside Historic Residential District Riverside Studio Riverview Historic District Sally Ann Apartments Sand Springs Power Plant Sinclair Service Station Sixth Street Commercial/Residential Historic District Skelly, William G., House Sophian Plaza Southwestern Bell Main Dial Building St. John Vianney Training School for Girls Stonebraker Heights Historic District Swan Lake Historic District Tracy Park Historic District Tribune Building Tulsa Boys' Home Historic District Tulsa Civic Center Historic District Tulsa Fire Alarm Building Tulsa Monument Company Tulsa Municipal Building United States Post Office and Courthouse Veasey, James Alexander, House Vernon A.M.E. Church Vickery Phillips 66 Station Westhope White City Historic District Whittier Square Historic District Will Rogers High School Woodward Park and Gardens Historic District Yorktown Historic District
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Tulsa County, Oklahoma's history dates back thousands of years, as it was originally inhabited by various Indigenous peoples, including the Osage, Creek, and Cherokee tribes. The land later came under the ownership of the United States government through various treaties and the forced removal of Indigenous peoples to reservations in the 19th century.

The modern history of Tulsa County began in 1882, when the Creek Nation sold a portion of its land to the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, leading to the establishment of a settlement known as "Tulsey Town." The town grew rapidly, attracting settlers and becoming a bustling center for trade and commerce. In 1901, Tulsa officially incorporated as a city, with oil being discovered in the area shortly after.

The early 20th century witnessed an oil boom in Tulsa County, transforming the city into the "Oil Capital of the World." The population skyrocketed, and oil barons built stunning mansions along what is now known as "Millionaire Row." The wealth generated by the oil industry fueled the growth of numerous industries, including aviation.

Tulsa County also holds a tragic chapter in its history. In 1921, it experienced one of the deadliest incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, known as the Tulsa Race Massacre. A prosperous African American community called Greenwood was destroyed, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people and the displacement of thousands. The event remained largely hidden from history until recent years.

Today, Tulsa County is a diverse and vibrant community, known for its rich oil heritage, vibrant arts scene, and growing economy. The city has made efforts to acknowledge and address the historical trauma of the Tulsa Race Massacre, including the establishment of the Greenwood Cultural Center and the ongoing process of searching for mass grave sites. Tulsa County continues to thrive as a regional hub of business, culture, and education.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

  • 1836 - The area that would later become Tulsa County is part of the Creek Nation's land in the Indian Territory.
  • 1836 - The Treaty of New Echota results in the forced removal of the Creek Nation to the Indian Territory.
  • 1861-1865 - The Civil War results in the Indian Territory being divided into Confederate and Union territories.
  • 1870s - The first settlements are established in the area, including Tulsey Town, which later becomes Tulsa.
  • 1901 - Tulsa becomes incorporated as a city.
  • 1905 - Tulsa County is established, with Tulsa as its county seat.
  • 1921 - The Tulsa Race Massacre occurs, resulting in the destruction of the prosperous African American community of Greenwood.
  • 1928 - The first oil discovery in Tulsa County leads to a boom in the oil industry and economic growth.
  • 1957 - The construction of the Arkansas River Navigation System allows for barge transportation, boosting trade and commerce in the area.
  • 1980s - Tulsa experiences an economic downturn due to the collapse of the oil industry.
  • 2000s - Tulsa undergoes revitalization efforts with the development of the BOK Center, Gathering Place, and other projects.