Tulsa is in Oklahoma (contrary...
Tulsa is in Oklahoma (contrary to Routeman's tips). Oklahoma has the highest per capita density of native americans in the USA. Tulsa sits at the crossroads of the Cherokee, Osage and Creek nations. A sense of geography of the nations is still intact ... driving down the road you'll see a typical blue highway info sign 'Now Entering (or leaving) Cherokee (Creek, or whatever) Nation'.
Many of the nations issue their own automobile license plates. It makes plate spotting (license plates in this state are referred to as 'tags') more interesting and varied. Some of the better known tribal plates I've seen are: Osage Nation, Cherokee Nation, Creek Nation (figures), Seminole, Choctaw, Pawnee, Kiowa, Sac-Fox, and many other more minor tribes.
A "Pickle" of a Burger!
Do a free-association exercise with someone from Tulsa. Say the word "Goldie's" and they are more than likely to respond with "Pickles." I suppose they could say "burgers," "charbroiled" or "delicious," but it will probably be "pickles."
This is because Goldie's claim to fame - besides serving delectable specially-seasoned flame-kissed hamburgers - is their all-you-can eat pickle bar. At each Goldie's location (and there are five in Tulsa) stands a simple salad bar filled with bread n' butter pickles, dill chips and dill spears. Grab some bowls from atop the cart and fill 'em to the brim with all the cuc's you can stand. It's really amazing how satisfying a few "fruit of the brine" can be!
But of course, the main reason you'll come to Goldie's are the juicy 1/3 lb. burgers that the Crow family has been serving up since 1962. Each one is cooked to order over a flaming charbroiler (the location 3 blocks west of Yale on 31st street provides a great opportunity to watch the frequent flare-ups!) and served with your choice of six sides. For children there are small burgers, chicken strips, grilled cheese sandwich or a corn dog with a free drink. Grilled chicken, steaks, salads and a few other items are also offered, but its really the burgers - and those pickles - that make things go here. The Chili & Cheese Charburger - a 1/3 lb burger served open face with American cheese and covered with chili, with a side of fries. Oh, and a diet Coke (except for the diet part - if I'm going to eat this meal, the least of my worries are the calories in the Coke!)
Born There but a Visitor Now
"Former Oil Capital of the World"
Based on the discovery of the Glenn Pool oil field in 1905, Tulsa became the "Oil Capital of the World." Oil money helped Tulsa become what it is today but much of the oil-based business moved to Houston many years ago. Many interesting topics about Tulsa's oil history are documented with markers in the area.
The International Oil Exposition was once held every five years at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. By the time of the sixteenth exhibition in 1971, it had grown to include more than five hundred of the world's leading petroleum manufacturers, services, and supply companies. The exhibits were valued at more than $1,000,000,000. However, I don't think it has been held since 1980. I remember that they used to have a real oil rig actually drilling at each Exposition and it would always strike oil! However, at the time Tulsa did not allow drilling within the city limits like Oklahoma City, so the field was not developed.
Although much of the downtown area had already changed (mostly due to urban renewal programs) by the time I left Tulsa to go to graduate school in 1964, it is even more different now. I should take the self-guided tour myself.
"Churches in Tulsa"
I never realized there were so many churches in downtown Tulsa. Urban renewal has made them more visible. Boston Avenue Methodist Church is the most famous because of its unique architecture. Oral Roberts University has some unique architecture too. I'll put some pictures in the tips about it. I wonder if Tulsa is still considered the buckle of the "Bible Belt."
"My Former House"
Actually we moved into this house when I was in the 6th grade. We sold it after my mom moved to Albuquerque and someone has really fixed it up.