Tulsa, Oklahoma


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Tulsa, Oklahoma

Arkansas River

Originally referred to as "Tulsey Town," Tulsa was settled in 1879 as a trading post and cattle town. After the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad extended tracks through the area, Tulsa’s population grew at the expense of Native Americans who had been forced to move to reservations in the area. In the early 1900s, a violent riot known as the Tulsa Race Riot rocked the city. In one of the most violent racially charged riots in American history, hundreds of white Oklahomans attacked African-Americans in a community known as the Greenwood District, or, "Black Wall Street" – one of the wealthiest African-American communities in the nation at the time. Several gun battles ensued and the riots ended only after the National Guard was called in. Dozens of people were confirmed killed (but perhaps as many as hundreds were killed).

Tulsa experienced its most explosive growth between 1901 and 1930 when oil was discovered nearby. In 1905, the Glenn Pool oil field was discovered. At the time, it was the largest oil field ever found. Tulsa soon became the world center for oil production during the mid 1900s. In 1925, Tulsa became the birthplace of Route 66, and old highway that linked Chicago to California.

Today, Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma and 47th largest city in America. Tulsa is also a center for higher education as both Tulsa University and Oral Roberts University are located here. People from Tulsa call themselves "Tulsans." Like its larger neighbor to the west, Oklahoma City, Tulsa is often the target of tornadoes.


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Great Plains

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Arkansas River

Arkansas River

Tulsa is located on the banks of the Arkansas River. Learn all about the river by clicking above.



Tulsa and surrounding areas are often the targets of tornadoes. Learn all about these ferocious storms by clicking above.


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Here, students can learn all about Oklahoma cities, landmarks, and landforms, simply by clicking on the map. Lots of interactive activities and printouts as well. Perfect for reports or research projects.


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