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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.

1800s

  • 1826 - Creek Indians began to settle town of Tulasi after their expulsion from the Southeastern United States.
  • 1861 - Battle of Chusto-Talasah - Civil War skirmish to north of Tulsa
  • 1878 - First post office established at Perryman ranch.
  • 1882 - Atlantic & Pacific Railroad tracks laid from Vinita.
  • 1884 - Presbyterian church founded a mission day school that became the first public school after Tulsa was incorporated.
  • 1893 - Indian Republican began publication as first newspaper.
  • 1887 - Tulsa founded.
  • 1896 - Town incorporated.
  • 1898 -
    • Edward E. Calkins becomes first mayor.
    • Population reported as 1,100.
  • 1899 -
    • First mass said at Holy Family Church.
    • Robert H. Hall built the first telephone system in Tulsa, serving 80 subscribers.

1900s

1900s-1940s

  • 1900
    • Commercial Club of Tulsa formed.
    • Population: 1,390.
  • 1901 - Oil discovered at Red Fork, near Tulsa, starting oil boom.
  • 1902 - Tulsa chartered as a city.
  • 1903 - Telephone system sold to Indian Territory Telephone Company.
  • 1904
    • Tulsa annexed North Tulsa.
    • First Tulsa bridge built across Arkansas River.
    • Pumping plant built to deliver Arkansas River water to consumers via piping system.
    • Indian Territory Telephone Company bought by Pioneer Company
  • 1905
    • Tulsa World newspaper begins publication.
    • Oil discovered at Glenn Pool near Tulsa.
    • First two public schools built.
  • 1906
    • Tulsa Hospital opens (would close after WWI).
    • Trolley begins operating.
    • Tulsa High School built.
    • Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, now named OneOK, founded.
  • 1907
    • Tulsa becomes part of the new U.S. state of Oklahoma, and county seat of newly formed Tulsa County.
    • Henry Kendall College moved from Muskogee to Tulsa.
    • Population: 7,298.
  • 1908 - Commission form of government adopted.
  • 1909
    • West Tulsa becomes part of Tulsa.
    • Tulsa buys land that would become Woodward Park.
  • 1910
    • Tulsa County Court House built.
    • Population: 18,182.
    • Exchange National Bank founded after failure of Farmers' National Bank.
    • Texaco builds first oil refinery in West Tulsa.
    • Oil & Gas Journal headquartered in Tulsa.
    • Area of city: 3.5 square miles.
    • Hotel Brady annex and Tulsa Hotel were built.
  • 1913
    • Booker T. Washington High School established.
    • Joshua Cosden builds second oil refinery in West Tulsa.
  • 1914
    • Tulsa Convention Hall built.
    • Holy Family Cathedral dedicated.
    • Temple Israel congregation founded.
  • 1915
    • Oklahoma Hospital established.
    • Chamber of Commerce active.
  • 1916 - Carnegie library opens, forerunner of the Tulsa Public Library system.
  • 1918
    • Morningside Hospital opened.
    • Cosden Building constructed, considered first "skyscraper" in city.
  • 1920
    • Henry Kendall College becomes University of Tulsa.
    • Tulsa Tribune newspaper in publication.
    • Population: 72,075.
  • 1921
  • 1922
    • Tulsa Little Theater founded.
    • Atlas Life Building constructed.
  • 1923
    • First International Petroleum Exposition.
    • Major flood of Arkansas River heavily damages Tulsa water purification plant and causes its relocation to a site near Mohawk Park.
  • 1924
    • Spavinaw Dam built.
    • Tulsa Community Fund established.
    • St. Johns Hospital opened.
    • Southwestern Bell Telephone Company constructs Main Dial System Building.
  • 1925 - Mayo Hotel built.
  • 1926 - Tulsa State Fair grounds in use.
  • 1927
    • Red Fork becomes part of Tulsa.
    • Tulsa Civic Symphony active.
    • Goodwill Industries of Tulsa incorporated.
    • Tulsa Zoo opens.
  • 1928
    • Carbondale becomes part of Tulsa.
    • Tulsa Municipal Airport dedicated.
    • Spartan Aircraft Company in business.
    • Spartan School of Aeronautics established.
    • Philtower Building constructed.
  • 1929
    • Boston Avenue Methodist Church and National Bank of Tulsa Building constructed.
    • Mohawk Park Waterworks Plant completed.
    • Tulsa annexed Carbondale.
  • 1930
    • Cain's Dance Academy in business.
    • Population: 141,258.
  • 1931
    • Union Depot opens.
    • Philcade Building constructed.
  • 1932
    • Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion (arena) built.
    • Waite Phillips donated his home to become Philbrook Art Museum.
  • 1934 - National Conference of Christians and Jews Tulsa chapter founded.
  • 1938 - Webster High School opens.
  • 1939
    • Morningside Hospital reorganized and renamed as Hillcrest Hospital.
    • Philbrook Art Center opens.
    • Will Rogers High School built.
  • 1940 – Population: 142,157.
  • 1941 - Air Force builds bomber plant at Tulsa Airport.
  • 1943 - Oklahoma Hospital becomes Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital.
  • 1946 - American Airlines opens aircraft maintenance facility at Tulsa Airport.
  • 1948 - Tulsa Opera and Tulsa Philharmonic founded.
  • 1949
    • Dawson becomes part of city.
    • KOTV begins broadcasting.

1950s-1990s

  • 1950 – Population: 182,740.
  • 1951 - Bell's Amusement Park opens.
  • 1952 - Lake Eucha and second pipeline from Lake Spavinaw to Tulsa constructed to supplement city water supply.
  • 1953
    • Golden Driller statue created for and displayed at the International Petroleum Exposition.
    • Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission established.
  • 1956
    • Highland Park becomes part of Tulsa.
    • Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Baptist Association founded.
  • 1958
    • Apache Drive-In cinema opens.
    • Gilcrease Foundation conveyed Gilcrease Museum to the city.
  • 1960
      • Area of city: 50 square miles.
    • Population: 261,685.
  • 1961 - New airport terminal opened.
  • 1963 - Tulsa Youth Symphony founded.
  • 1964 - Tulsa Convention Center opens.
  • 1965
    • Oral Roberts University established.
    • Tulsa City-County Library Central Library opened.
  • 1966
    • Area of city expands.
    • Tulsa Expo Center built; Golden Driller statue permanently installed.
    • James M. Hewgley, Jr. becomes mayor.
  • 1967
    • Prayer Tower and Fourth National Bank of Tulsa built.
    • Union Depot abandoned after passenger train service ceases.
  • 1970
  • 1971 - Tulsa Port of Catoosa opened to shipping via the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.
  • 1972
    • Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa established.
    • Area of city: 175.71 square miles.
  • 1973 - First National BanCorporation Tower built.
  • 1974 - Tulsa Area United Way active.
  • 1975
    • Westhope added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Tulsa Municipal Building added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Williams Brothers Tower (now named BOK Tower) built.
  • 1976
    • Memorial Day flood causes major damage along Mingo, Joe and Haikey creeks.
    • Woodland Hills Mall in business.
  • 1977 - Tulsa Performing Arts Center opens.
  • 1978
    • Tulsa Signature Symphony founded.
    • Jim Inhofe becomes mayor.
    • Boston Avenue Methodist Church added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Philbrook Museum of Art added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • William G. Skelly House added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
  • 1979
    • Convention Hall (Brady Theater) added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • McFarlin Building added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Philtower added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Pierce Block added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Final occurrence of International Petroleum Exposition.
    • Mike Synar becomes U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district.
  • 1980
      • Brady Heights Historic District added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Mayo Hotel added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Population: 360,919.
  • 1981
    • City of Faith Medical and Research Center opens.
    • 1982
    • Gillette Historic District added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Holy Family Cathedral, Rectory and School added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • 1983 - Swan Lake Neighborhood Association and Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Tulsa founded.
  • 1984
    • Mid-Continent Tower built.
    • Oklahoma Natural Gas Company Building added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Public Service of Oklahoma Building added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
  • 1986 - Philcade Building added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
  • 1987
    • Chili Bowl midget car race begins.
    • Jim Inhofe becomes U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district.
  • 1988 - Tulsa Preservation Commission and Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame established.
  • 1989
    • Osage Expressway opens.
    • Mayor-council form of government adopted.
  • 1990
    • Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce formed.
    • Population: 367,302.
  • 1991 - Urban Tulsa Weekly newspaper begins publication.
  • 1992
    • Tulsa receives 1992 Outstanding Public Service Award from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its flood management program.
    • Tulsa Tribune goes out of business.
    • Susan Savage becomes first woman to serve as mayor of Tulsa.
  • 1996 - Camille's Sidewalk Cafe in business.
  • 1997 - Conestoga science fiction convention begins.
  • 1998
    • Tulsa Community Foundation established.
    • Tulsa Air and Space Museum established.
    • Swan Lake Historic District added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
  • 1999
    • City website online (approximate date).[chronology citation needed]
    • Eleventh Street Arkansas River Bridge added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Hindu Temple of Greater Tulsa founded.

2000s

  • 2000 - Population: 393,049; metro 859,532.
  • 2001 - White City Historic District added to NRHP
  • 2002
    • Diversafest begins;
    • Yorktown Historic District added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
  • 2003 - Cain's Ballroom added to NRHP
  • 2004 - 11th Street Bridge renamed as Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Bridge.
  • 2005
    • Tulsa Symphony Orchestra formed.
    • 2006 - Bell's Amusement Park goes out of business.
  • 2007
    • Union Depot building converted to house Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
    • Will Rogers High School added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Buena Vista Park Historic District added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Ranch Acres Historic District added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
  • 2008
    • University of Tulsa selected to manage the Gilcrease Museum.
    • Tokyo in Tulsa anime convention begins.
    • BOK Center stadium opens.
    • Mt. Zion Baptist Church added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
    • Opening of Cyrus Avery Route 66 Memorial Plaza
  • 2009
    • Tulsa Botanic Garden opens to public.
    • Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. becomes mayor.
    • Atlas Life Building added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
  • 2010
    • This Land Press begins publication.
    • Population: 391,906; metro 937,478.
    • Area of city: 196.75 square miles.
    • Oil Capital Historic District created on December 10, 2010.
    • Brady Historic District added to NRHP.[relevant? ]
  • 2012 - Oklahoma Defenders football team active.
  • 2013
    • Tulsa Convention Center renamed as Cox Business Center.
    • Center of the Universe Festival (music fest) held.
    • Jim Bridenstine becomes U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district.
  • 2014
    • Woodward Park and Gardens Historic District established
    • Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum completed.
  • 2015
    • Frontier news begins publication.[1]
    • Oklahoma Defenders football team ceased operating.
  • 2016 - Vision 2025 Tax plan approved by voters to provide funding for planned major projects
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