Bartlesville Travel Guide

  • The Frank Phillips Home (founder of PPCO)
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Bartlesville Things to Do

  • Frank Phillips Home

    This mansion has been my neighbor for my entire life, so it has a special place in my heart. However, I can also say with certainty it is not haunted, so if you're looking for the ghost of Frank Phillips, he is not here.To quote the VisitBartlesville website:"Frank Phillips, an ambitious barber-turned-bond salesman from Iowa, visited Bartlesville...

  • Price Tower

    LOL - I'm not sure I'd call this a "Must See" although you probably WILL see it as you're walking around town. I was going to put this in General Tips, but what the hell . . . might as well make it a Must See.Harold C. Price (founder of the Price Company) commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build this. He designed it as an experiment for multi-use...

  • Frank Phillips Home

    The founder of Phillips Petroleum lived 1107 Cherokee Avenue until the time of his death in 1950. Originally in Iowa at the time he tempted fortune by drilling in Oklahoma, he was setback a handful of times before urging his father to allow one last attempt. This effort led to an unbroken string of 80 successful drillings, a record not since...

  • Frank Phillips Home Life

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Frank Phillips Home is supported mainly by the Frank Phillips Foundation. Under such solid footing the mansion asks only donations at the front door. As a true baron, Frank Phillips slept in a room painted like a forest, with three bearskin rugs upon which to rub his feet before getting into...

  • Frank Phillips' Legacy

    Today, visitors enter the Frank Phillips Home by ringing the front doorbell and waiting several minutes for attendants to reach the door. Provided you are not part of a commercial production and won't use a tripod, photography is permitted. In this way you can wander among the sumptuous furnishings, the Phillippine mahogany woodwork, the exquisite...

  • Visit a really great historic home

    The Frank Phillips Home in Bartlesville is well worth the trip! Your tour guide will show you all three floors of this wonderful mansion and tell stories about oil tycoon Frank Phillips and his family. The furnishings are original to the home. The gardens are super!

  • Hulah Santa Fe Depot

    This depot was built in 1903 and was recently moved to Johnstone Park and restored. So if you're interested in early railroad history, you might want to check this out. It's right next to the Santa Fe train and the Nellie Johnstone No. 1.

  • Santa Fe engine 940

    Johnstone Park is home to the only Santa Fe engine 940 locomotive in existence. If anyone is interested in trains:"The 900-class/940 series were the first locomotives to burn fuel oil instead of coal and were synonymous with the Santa Fe engine. Built by Vulcain, this Santa Fe engine, built in 1903, was originally a compound steam locomotive, and...

  • Nellie Johnstone No. 1

    This is a reproduction of the first commerical oil well to be drilled in Oklahoma. It's located in Johnstone Park and if you're not interested in the history of the Oil Boom, the park is a pretty place to go.

  • The Community Center

    This is where you can see music, theatre, and ballet in Bartlesville. In June, we have the OK Mozart festival which has, in the past, featured such artists as Joshua Bell, James Galway, and Itzak Perlman. The auditorium is said to have perfect acoustics and there is apparently the world's largest cloisonn mural inside. Cloisonn is created by...

  • The Price Tower

    This is Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper and now houses a restaurant, bar, and hotel. You can also take tours of the rooms, although no photography is allowed. There are big plans to make a museum designed by Zaha Hadid, but this has yet to be built. The Tower was finished in 1956 and was first used as an office for the H.C. Price company....

  • US-75

    US-75 is where the high school kids hang out and listen to music. There's also food and smoothies, which is all vegetarian if I remember right. I recommend getting a smoothie and listening to some good local music if you're passing through on US-75.

  • It's County Business

    Designed in the first quarter of the 20th century, the old Washington County Courthouse no longers see county transactions, but for its architectural style and venerable purpose (as well as its advanced age), the structure graces the National Register of Historic Places (a common occurrence among county courthouses!)

  • Phillips 66 - The Early Days

    Once the main tower office for the Phillips Petroleum Company, this interesting historical structure was once the tallest skyscraper in Bartlesville. Now standing like an idle relic against the newer and taller company offices, this building remains the only non-hotel in Bartlesville to retain its original turn-of-the-century character.

  • Early Gusher

    In Johnstone Park stands the so-called Nellie Johnstone #1, the first commercial oil well constructed in Oklahoma. The rig stands next to Caney Creek on Seminole territory in the 1870s, where oil was first discovered seeping into the river. It would take twenty-one years before Johnstone and others could obtain drililng rights from the Indians...

  • La Quinta, But Not the One YOU Stayed At

    This former mansion of the president of the Indian Territory Illuminating Oil Company is now an administration building on the campus of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Built in 1929, the mansion-now-admin-building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Personnel and Information Transit

    In the later days of 19th century rail travel, depots served as information exchanges as well as platforms for rail travelers. Telegraph offices often commandeered part of the depot and sometimes postal services were conducted here. The present photograph from Johnstone Park is removed from the Hulah Lake area outside of Bartlesville.

  • Former Hotel Maire

    The former hotel is now the Bartlesville Area History Museum, but the building shares its space with some civic offices. The museum is not especially exciting as a historical tour, and thankfully admission is by generous donations. Compulsory admission would seem a crime for a breeze-through tour of such seemingly insignificant exhibits.


Bartlesville Hotels

  • Hampton Inn Bartlesville

    130 Se Washington Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74006

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hilton Garden Inn Bartlesville

    205 SW Frank Phillips, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74003, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Inn at Price Tower

    510 Dewey Avenue, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74003, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Bartlesville Restaurants

  • by AstroZombie Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is probably the only meal you'll ever eat inside a Frank Lloyd Wright building. The food is pretty as well as delicious. There's a great view of the city and at night there's sometimes music. It's small, but being slightly claustrophic is part of the Price Tower experience.

    Favorite Dish: The artichoke and spinach soup is wonderful. There's options for vegetarians as well, which is rare in Oklahoma. And according to people older than me, there are good copper-colored martinis.

    Located at the top of this building

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Bartlesville Warnings and Dangers

  • by AstroZombie Written Mar 6, 2005

    Sometimes is snows a lot in Bartlesville, leaving the roads iced and travel impossible. However, it is a good time to make snowmen. Just check out the weather reports from November to early March to be safe.


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Bartlesville Off The Beaten Path

  • Coffeyville, Kansas

    This historic gem is situated in Montgomery County just over the Kansas border about an hour away. Filled with turn-of-the-century wonders and a better historic district than Bartlesville's by far, one can return to the Old West, see the sight of one of history's most famous but bungled robberies, and learn about the rugged frontier in the...

  • Dewey Hotel

    If for some strange reason you've passed through Bartlesville, you might as well take a few extra minutes to fly through Dewey. Of the half-dozen or so county listings on the National Register of Historic Places, Dewey boasts only its ancient hotel (all the rest are exclusively in Bartlesville). Donations are appreciated in this 1899 three-story...

  • Johnstone Park

    Set off a few blocks from the historic and present centers of commerce lies Johnstone Park, an oasis with a wide variety of attractions. Apart from its spacious walks and places where children can play, and apart from its wooded setting against Caney Creek, the park promotes Bartlesville's historic past and association with oil by presenting a...


Bartlesville Favorites

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo

    by mrclay2000 Written Oct 27, 2003

    Favorite thing: This small river is the main waterway draining Bartlesville. It was here in the 1870s that a discovered oil seepage led to historic drilling in the 1890s, and it was here that early pioneers built their first commercial enterprises in the 1860s.

    Caney Creek, Bartlesville
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