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El Paso Herald reports on this major international conference that brought delegates and exhibits from 20 nations (including China, Russia, Roumania, and Turkestan) and all the western states. The exhibition grounds were on the east side of N Lewis Ave, between Archer and the Frisco tracks. The central focus of the exhibition's parallelogram shaped campus was the Oklahoma Kaffir Corn Palace. Kaffir Corn is known nowadays as sorghum. I wonder whether the building was decorated with kernels like the famed Corn Palace in Mitchell, S. D.
There's a display ad on the same page for the Sunset Limited, a daily train from El Paso to New Orleans (35 hours away) and New York (75 hours away) with oil-burning locomotives.
An item in the Pipeline & Gas Journal chides Tulsa for their plans to light the conference grounds at night with a pillar of fire generated by a natural gas well, with a pressure sufficient for a 600' high column of gas that, when lit, would be visible for 500 miles around, using 15 million cubic feet of gas per night.
Here's the Tulsa Star's coverage of the conference. And there's also an item on the front page mentioning a special pavilion exclusively for "colored farmers." (The Star was the leading paper for Tulsa's African-American community prior to the 1921 Race Riot.)
Photos and stories of the rise, decline, restoration, and demolition of Bell's Amusement Park's legendary dark ride, Phantasmagoria.
William M. Gresham, landlord resident at 641 N. Cheyenne Ave., replies to an editorial calling on landlords to rent premises to families with small children.
Tulsa weatherman Lee Woodward grew up in Arlington, Texas, in one of the city's most historic homes. The house has been restored, and Lee and his brothers recently returned to reminisce about their childhood in a home that also served as the office and surgery of their father, eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist Dr. Valin Woodward. The McKinley-Woodward home was built by their grandfather in 1893. (Via Tulsa TV Memories.)
Brown-Dunkin downtown is gone, but they've added stores in Muskogee and Oklahoma City's Shepherd Mall. Sandy's has expanded to 5002 N. Peoria and 38th & Harvard. Fewer ads than the 1968 book, it appears.
Remember the "Tulsa's Front Door" sign at Tulsa International Airport? There's a picture of it on p. 15.
Ads for local eateries, bookstores, banks, employers, florists, jewelers, and long-lost names like Brown-Dunkin Department Stores (Downtown, Southland, Northland), Froug's, and National Bank of Tulsa.
Anyone remember Simler's Varsity Center? A cozy looking place that was replaced by an ugly three-story dorm.
It's "The Pour House" these days, but it used to be one of Tulsa's finest dining experiences, at 18th and Boston. Two photos on this page -- the late '50s "French Quarter" style makeover (the way I remember it from the '70s) -- and an earlier incarnation. Look closely -- it's the same building. (I like the original version better.)
"And that conflict between freight and passenger service is one of the little-noticed problems with what really should be called 'moderate-speed rail.' You can optimize a rail network for freight or for passenger service, but not for both. The current US rail network is optimized for freight, and as a result, rail's share of US freight ton-miles is about 40 percent. By contrast, Europe's network is optimized for passenger trains, and as a result, rail's share of freight ton-miles is only 10-15 percent. Wendell Cox has crunched the numbers and estimated that the carbon-intensity of goods movement is about 25 percent higher in Europe than in the USA." Emphasis added. The Sand Springs Railroad stopped passenger service in 1955 because it interfered with more lucrative freight operations.
Do you recognize this church? It rings a bell, but I can't place it. Is it still standing?
Some wonderful photos of people and places in Tulsa's Greenwood District, mainly from the 1950s.