Happy 120th birthday, Tulsa!

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 08:18:31-05

TULSA -- Tulsa celebrated 120 years of being a city Thursday. 

The Tulsa Historical Society set up an exhibit to display artifacts and documents from around when the city was incorporated. 

Maps are hung in the exhibit that show downtown around the turn of the century. Nothing that is currently in downtown was shown on that map. 

"Tulsa was a really small town," Maggie Brown, director of exhibits for the Tulsa Historical Society, said. "Barely a town at all... barely big enough to become a city. It had just 1,000 people, which allowed it to become a city and even though the intersections and streets are still the same in some places, it's definitely a different place." 

Also in the exhibit is the first lock on the city's jail and the flag back in 1898.

Early ordinances are featured. One said that women cannot be on the streets past 9 p.m.

"Times have definitely changed since Tulsa was first incorporated as a city and that's one of the fun things for people to learn about at a museum," Brown said. 

The black and white photos in the exhibit feature names many people may recognize, like Tulsa's second mayor, R.N. Bynum and his wife. They were the great great grandparents of Tulsa's current mayor, G.T. Bynum. 

"He came here when there were 200 people and dirt streets and wooden buildings," Mayor G.T. Bynum said. "To think about the city his great great great grandkids are growing up in today, it's remarkable." 

The "Celebrating the Birth of a City" exhibit will be open through April at the Tulsa Historical Society. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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