Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa to Celebrate Its Centennial

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa to Celebrate Its Centennial

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TULSA -- Tulsa will throw a party this weekend to celebrate its heritage as a city begun by an Indian campground and reputed for its one-time heyday as the world's oil capital.

The Take Me Back to Tulsa Centennial Homecoming Celebration kicks off Friday.

Festivities over three days include Romeo and Juliet ballet productions, a fireworks show and crowning of royalty at the University of Tulsa football game. Headliners at concerts will be Anita Bryant, Wayman Tisdale, the Tractors and other native performers. Mayor Susan Savage plans to ride with the mounted police patrol in Saturday's parade. Why bother with so much pomp and ceremony for a centennial? Because the spirit of home and history can inspire Tulsans to solve future problems, Savage said. "It provides a sense of perspective to the residents of a community about the present and a foundation for the future," she said Tuesday. Savage cited urban sprawl, race relations, aging neighborhoods and cleanup of old manufacturing sites among the issues that will face Tulsa in the next 100 years. Historical reports say a westward band of Creek Indians stopped in 1836 at a meeting place that became known as Tulsey and eventually Tulsa. The city was incorporated Jan. 18, 1898, and grew to an estimated population of 374,620 last year -- the second-largest city in Oklahoma. A special broadcast of the classic movie Tulsa will air Wednesday night on CBS affiliate KOTV. Tulsa boasts a long tradition of wildcatters, tycoons and philanthropists who arrived after the first local oil discovery in 1901. "It's not just a bland little predictable community of nice people, covey of Junior Leaguers and people eating club sandwiches," said historian and author Michael Wallis. "Indian town, cowtown ... a real kickin' community. We have to remember those ghosts. We have to remember our antecedents. …

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