- -, CITY OF HOMES-While Tulsa W~$ still a "cow" town with
ttel;f roadli and sheet iron buildings, its residents began building
homes, one thing credited by mony for Tulsa's stablt: growth. People
liked Tulsa and decided to live here. Others saw the large homes,
decided it was a permanent town and did likewise.
In 1882 when Chauncey A. Owen~ came to Tulsa and established
the firlt "hoh:I"-a boarding tent, there were no houses on
the prese:nt site of the city. Owens first set up his tent near the
site of the cont end of the Eleventh sheet bridge, but a few days
later moved it to Main street and the Frisco tracks where Jht
Gibson hotel is now located.
The first residence Will built by !lob Childe", a Creek judge.
on the site of the postoHice at Third drt"et and Boulder avenue.
Childen, it is recalled, once tried a Negro for hone. stealing
and the jury brought in an innocent verdi.:t, The judge looked at the
Negro and set the verdict llSide. "If ~e didn't steal that horse, I
know of one he did steal, so we will whip him anyway," he said
and meted out 20 lashu.
The housu above were photographed about 1908 when the.
city had a reputation throughout the .tate for its fine homes. No. I,
home of L D. Marr; 625 N. Denver avo Marr was head of the
Oklahoma State bank. No.2, George E. Williamson's home, 324
S, Detroit avo Williamson was an oil man. No.3, the country
residence of Dr. S. G. Kennedy, northwest of the city, still standing.'
No.4, another suburban residence, the home of G. E. Owens. No.5,
the home of L. W. Lindsey. No.6, the large stone residence at
Fifteenth street and Boulder avenue, built by George G. Bayne,
publisher of the Tulsa World, and later purchased by J. E. Crosbie.
oil operator. No, 7, residence of W, R. Su/ions, 321 S. Frisco av.
Seuions was one of the leading early day real estate operators.
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