This attractive and prosperous city was the oil-producing capital of the nation until newer oil boomtowns (Houston and Dallas, for instance) took the wind out of its sails. Evidence of the city's onetime oil pre-eminence is an impressive collection of 1920s buildings and Italianate mansions, including Union Depot and the elaborate Philtower and Philcade buildings downtown. Among the classic homes that are worth seeing are Harwelden Mansion, a 30-room, four-level Tudor-Gothic home listed on the National Register; the Jacobean Revival McBirney Estate, now a bed-and-breakfast but still open to visitors; and Westhope, which was designed in 1929 by Frank Lloyd Wright for one of his cousins. You should also be sure to see Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, an impressive art-deco skyscraper that just happens to be a house of worship.
Speaking of worship, Tulsa is the home of Oral Roberts University. The large complex, which includes the college campus and a prayer tower, was built by the famous evangelist and his followers. (Roberts earned televangelist fame in 1987, when he raised US$4.5 million during a fund drive by proclaiming that God would "call him home" if he didn't collect that amount.)
The Gilcrease Museum maintains an enormous collection of Native American artifacts and works of art, including such pre-Columbian treasures as an Aztec codex. You'll also find works by such masters as Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and George Catlin. We also recommend a visit to the Philbrook Museum of Art, a charming estate surrounded by well-maintained formal gardens. Art galleries inside contain works ranging from the Italian Renaissance to those of Native American artists. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art (formerly the Fenster Museum) holds an interesting collection of ancient Judaica.
Among the events on Tulsa's calendar are the International Mayfest (a springtime cultural celebration—May); the Greenwood Jazz Celebration (August); and the Tulsa State Fair (commercial exhibits, amusement rides, concerts, livestock competitions—late September-early October). 115 mi/185 km northeast of Oklahoma City.
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