Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma, with a population of over 900,000. (First is Oklahoma City, located 100 miles from Tulsa.) Located in Oklahoma’s northeast, Tulsa is credited with the creation of Western Swing Music where Bob Willis and The Texas Playboys used Cain’s Ballroom as their base. The American philanthropist Waite Phillips donated his home to the city which is now known as the Philbrook Museum, considered one of the top 50 fine art museums in the USA. Furthermore, the city pays homage to its oil industry roots with the Golden Driller, a large statue that stands at the entrance of the city’s fairgrounds. Cyrus Avery, a Tulsa native, developed the idea of the now Historic Route 66, spanning between Chicago and California (and running through Tulsa itself).
- Garth Brooks (famous country singer) was born in Tulsa, though raised in Yukon, OK.
- Tulsa was the first American city to test the “YIELD” road-sign.