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Red Fork in West Tulsa, Oklahoma


Red Fork, Oklahoma

Red Fork, Oklahoma in the past.

Red Fork, Tulsa, Oklahoma today

Red Fork, Oklahoma today, Kathy Weiser, June, 2010.

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Once a stand alone town, but, long since officially part of Tulsa, Red Fork got its start in in 1883 as a railhead on the Arkansas River. It was named for the nearby reddish fork of the flowing waterway. The town quickly gained fame on June 25, 1901 when the the first oil well in Tulsa County was discovered. The Sue A. Bland #1 was named for owner, Dr.  J.C.W. Bland's wife. After oil was discovered, the town grew quickly and for a time, appeared it might grow bigger than nearby Tulsa.


However, due to Tulsa's efforts to attract new businesses and Red Fork's growth limitations due to bend of the Arkansas River and by steep hills, Tulsa won out. Red Fork was annexed to Tulsa in 1927, and its post office became a branch of Tulsa.




The Red Fork neighborhood is west of the Arkansas River. After passing through a semi-industrial area, where an oil refinery, rail yard, and other businesses sit, is the old town. In March, 2007, part of the neighborhood was selected by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to be the city's first designated Urban Main Street Community. The Red Fork Main Street encompasses two blocks on either side of Southwest Boulevard extending from the Arkansas River to 49th West Avenue and works to preserve and promote a four-mile stretch of Route 66 in southwest Tulsa.


While in Red Fork, visit Ollie's Station Restaurant, located at West 41st and Southwest Boulevard. The first oil well in Tulsa County sits just south of Ollie's. Under construction, is a Route 66 transportation theme park that will feature a Frisco 4500 train engine, an observation deck shaped like an oil derrick, and more.  Red Fork's tiny little one-block downtown area, located in the 4000 block of Southwest Boulevard, is all that is left of the community's once bustling business district.


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