On the Move: A History of Transportation in Tulsa

On the Move: A History of Transportation in Tulsa

through August 2017

This exhibit examines the many ways Tulsans have moved around through the decades since Tulsa first became a dot on the map and how different types of transportation and patterns of movement helped shape and redefine the city. The first people in the area arrived here on foot, by horseback, or wagon. In the late nineteenth century, Tulsa became a stop on the railroad and the small settlement turned into a city. Before long there were bustling streets filled with cars and trolleys in addition to buggies and Tulsa was well on its way to becoming the Oil Capital of the World.

  • Delivery Wagon at Frisco Depot,  1894. 1900.317.001
  • 1908 Flying Machine near Tulsa,  2012.077.116
  • United Airlines Ford Tri-motor aircraft flying over Tulsa. 1979.007.012
  • Continental Airlines, early 1950s, BFC B0128
  • Leaving on Traing in the early 1960s,  BFC B3523
  • Outside Frisco Depot, 1905, BFC D8342
  • Looking south on Main from Frisco Tracks, c 1907 2002.580.001
  • Mid-Continent Airlines, late 1940s. BFC B0221
  • Missouri-Kansas-Oklahoma-Trailways-Bus, c. 1935, 2012.049.987
  • Streetcar Station in Sand Springs, BFC B9067
  • Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern, c 1910, 1982.011.001a
  • Tulsa Boys Home Bus, 1950s 2003.104.098
  • Group from Tulsa Technical School on Airplane, late 1950s,  B0088
  • TWA\'s Star of Tulsa, 1954 or 55, 2009.097.001