Welcome back. Bartlesville and Dewey are known to visitors as cities full of museums. The Phillips and Price families made it happen, and the many others who have followed suit have preserved this important story.
I’ll be following in the footsteps of a Tulsa legend this Saturday as I trail the home of Sam Travis, the early 20th century oil tycoon who built the home that is now the Tulsa Historical Society. It was back in the so-called “Golden Age” and Tulsa was the oil capital of the world when brothers Sam and Dave Travis built their mansions on the then remote land in South Peoria. The Italian Revival style houses stand side by side and as Tulsa grew, the magnificent houses have changed hands several times to this day.
Today, Dave’s home is the Tulsa Garden Center, which is a great year-round travel destination, and Sam’s is the Historical Society. Filled with artifacts from Tulsa’s past, they also host traveling exhibits, all of which cover the history of Tulsa and Oklahoma. This Saturday, my new friend and travel partner, writer and attorney Ken Frates, and I will be there to discuss our books, and at 11 a.m. my documentary Footprints in the Dew – The Last Ten Tapes will also be shown.
I look forward to hearing Kent talk about his best-selling book on the Roger Wheeler murder, and friends, it’s free thanks to the Historical Society. Admission to the museum, Kent’s presentation, and the movie are free and you, history buffs, should plan to attend. Call the museum at 918-712-9484 for more information.
A bit more Tulsa history now, in 1848 when Perryman Cemetery was established, 32nd and Utica was on the sticks. Who could you ask? The Perrymans became one of the founding families of Tulsa when they were forced to move to “Tulsey Tulova” after a cholera outbreak in the area where they lived.
Family members, friends and unidentified Civil War soldiers were buried in the cemetery, including John Perryman, Tulsa’s first postmaster, and Hannah Hayes Alexander, a survivor of the Trail of Tears. A total of around fifty people and several unknown graves are buried there today. The last person buried there was William Shirk in 1941.
You could say this is an interesting story, but here’s the overview. The old cemetery is in a very busy part of town and is kept in beautiful condition not by the town but by dedicated volunteers from the Tulsa Historical Society. The old tombstones are something to see if you are ever in this part of town. It’s hard to imagine that the Perrymans once ran cattle there on 60,000 acres.
Hope to see you in Tulsa, but if not, see you next time down the street. …