Tulsa was founded by the Creek tribe from Alabama, who were relocated here in 1836. Little of the city's early days remains. You can visit Lyon's Indian Store, which originated as a trading post selling rugs, jewellery, beads and other native crafts, which now sells their wares next door to Tulsa Treasures. The store used to be the entrance to the city's old baseball stadium and remains a colorful Art Deco landmark. Their address is 401 East 11th (ZIP 74120) and you can call them on 918/582-6372.
Another historica landmark is the Creek Council Oak, under whose branches the tribal leaders often met for ceremonies.
Chicagoland meets T-Town
Pizza the way it should be - made from scratch by people who care! Savastano's Pizzeria is a family-owned piece of Chicago transplanted to Tulsa's far south suburbs. Everything is fresh and delicious, with flavorful home-made sauces, hand-made Itailian sausage (available by the pound for enjoying at home), and pizza crust that satisfies like manna from heaven.
Savastano's is an excellent choice for dining before a concert or game at the adjacent SpiritBank Event Center, but when ordering the original Chicago-style pizzas, be prepared for a wait of up to 45 minutes. The perfection of these deep-dish monsters can't be hurried! Also be forewarned that each slice is practically a meal in itself. A large-size pizza might actually feed all the residents of a small Sicilian village. The menu also includes appetizers, pasta dishes, sandwiches and chicago-style hotdogs.
The large welcoming retaurant, with its brick walls and high ceiling, is staffed by the friendly Savastano family and fresh-faced servers, and decorated with dozens of pictures of Chicago landmarks. This sets a cheerful atmosphere and serves to remind you of the origins for such culinary goodness. A cozy full bar is located downstairs below the restaurant. "The Museum of Science & Industry" - Chicago deep-dish pizza made with Canadian bacon and five blended cheeses.
I have lived here forever. It is a wonderful, beautiful place. People come here from all over the world to go to school. (that is how I met my husband). We have parks everywhere, a big zoo, a busy performing arts centers, many museums, and Tulsa is rich in Indian heritage and culture. There is a variety of ethnic foods. The flea markets are pretty neat. The great thing about Tulsa, though, is that it has many things that a big city does, but it still has the small town charm. For example, in my neighborhood there are horses, pigs, and chickens, yet I live in the middle of Tulsa.
Every spring, around April, is tornado time. We always get tornado warnings, and people who are not from Tulsa, go for cover. However, the kewl thing about tornado alley is the myth.
Being as Tulsa is rich in Indian heritage, there is an old tale that says that since Tulsa was built on ancient sacred Indian land, no tornado can touch down in Tulsa. It has held true to this day. No tornado has touched down in the original Tulsa, now Tulsa has grown some, so the outskirts may have had one touch, but not in Tulsa.
But, when there is funnel clouds, the sky becomes gorgeaus. Those who are not afraid emerge from their homes to take photos.
If you get the chance, you must hang out and catch a glimpse.