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Demolition continues in Utica Square

Posted at 9:05 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 12:57:48-04

History came down in Tulsa over the weekend as crews worked through the night to tear down the former home of Miss Jackson's. 

Many Tulsans showed up Sunday to watch, and to say goodbye 

Demo Day, a day marking new beginnings for Utica Square and a sad farewell to a piece of Tulsa History.

Several people watched as evacuators ripped the sixty-year-old building into rubble, including Helga Magana, who owned the Penthouse Salon above Miss Jackson's for 30 years. 

"The ladies used to come in with gloves and hats, dressed to kill, I mean beautiful," said Magana. "It's a sad thing, it's the end of a period in your life."

It didn't take long for work to begin after Utica Square announced the demolition earlier this month.

Crews started late Saturday night and haven't stopped since, tearing away at the Tulsa icon and creating speculation among shoppers. 

"Hopefully they'll have something grander come in and take its place," said resident Janet Pitts.

"Here and there you have local and independent stores, " said former Tulsa resident Sean McElroy. "It'd be nice to keep one of those around, you know." 

Property managers haven't specified what will take over the lot once it is cleared.

For many years, Magana considered the building home, but says nothing will take away her memories of Utica's finest stores and the legacy they leave to Tulsa.

"That's it, it's going to continue. Just without Miss Jackson's," she said.

Workers say they hope to have the entire building down as early as Monday night.

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