Map of Tulsa as a tent town in 1882 or 1883. The map and explanation is from The Beginning of Tulsa by J.M. Hall. 1) Elm Tree Tent where the first baby in Tulsa was born. 2) The log house of Noah Partridge, a Creek Indian, and his family. The Partridges were the only family living here when the town was located. 3) The Frisco railroad grade stakes. The contractors were grading about where Madison Street crosses the railroad tracks. 4) T.J. Archer's Tent Store. 5) The Hall brother's tent while waiting for store building to be completed. 6) C.A. & Mrs. Owen's boarding tent while waiting for hotel to be built. 7) Mr. & Mrs. Slater's tent. Mr. Slater was a carpenter who worked on the depot, roundhouse and section house of the Frisco Railroad Company. Mrs. Slater organized the first Sunday School in Tulsa from their tent. 8) Dr. Booker's tent. Tulsa's first doctor. 9) Now known as Main Street.
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Preservation and archiving of this significant Tulsa treasure of photographs and artifacts was made possible through the Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society, and the generosity of Tulsa World/Lorton Family, Chester Cadieux, the Rotary Club of Tulsa, and many other community-minded corporations, institutions, and individuals.