The Swan Lake neighborhood near 18th and Utica, in the beginning, was not a neighborhood at all, nor was it called Swan Lake. In the 1880s, Samuel Orcutt built a watering hole for his cattle on the land allotted to his Creek wife, Annie Hodge. The land was a couple of miles outside the city of Tulsa in those days, and before long some Tulsa families were making trips to the pond for swimming and fishing. At that time, the pond was quite large – 300 feet wide and about a quarter of a mile long.
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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.