Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain
And that waving wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.
Out of breath now after my rendition of the rollicking song Oklahoma from the musical by the same name. It is good to find out about places you don't know about, no?
Towanda's (Linda) Blue Skies blog says she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, although I think she lives somewhat out of Tulsa, but let us look at Tulsa.
Mother adored Gene Pitney. He sang Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa. So there you go, my sum knowledge of Tulsa.
I will sing again.
Oh, I was only 24 hours from Tulsa,
Ah only one day from your arms
Both great songs.
Onto the Wikipedia details. Greater Tulsa, population about one million, in the county of Tulsa, located at the foothills of the Ozarks in one direction and the rolling Oklahoma plains on the other. Ozarks? Now I am hearing hill billy music and thinking Deliverance, oink oink, and Beverly Hillbillies.
Come listen to a story about a man names Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed.
I am in such fine voice today.
The city has highrise buildings, as if that is a recommendation, and is unevenly divided by the Arkansas River. It was a premium oil city but has diversified to meet the economic challenges of the 21st century.
Tulsa hosts the most inland port in the country and has one of the most sophisticated flood control systems in the country. Why?
Its average rainfall is 42 inches, just over 1,000 mm and it seems a lot of rain can fall at once. Try 15 inches in one night, back in 1984. It is hot in the summer, with a maximum of 46c recorded and it can also suffer from high humidity. But it can be cold too, with snow in winter.
Ozone alerts are issued at times when ozone concentrates over the city when there is little wind.
It is also located in 'Tornado Alley', so yep, it cops tornadoes too. As nice as Tulsa might be, the weather is really putting me off. Let's find some positive stuff.
Its topography is varied enough, with hills for the rich people to live on. It has plenty of well vegetated parks and open spaces. In its older areas there is a large number of Art Deco buildings. There are plenty of cultural institutions too.
Black 16 %
with native Americans being less than 4%, which seems a bit on the low side given it was theirs in the first place.
Oh, not so good. Tulsa race riots in 1921 with possibly 300 people killed, mostly black people. 1250 residences destroyed with 10,000 left homeless.
We will wrap with something good. Tulsa businessman Cyrus Avery is known as the father of Route 66. He campaigned for the building of a road to link Chicago to California and the city is known as the birthplace of Route 66. Well, good on him for getting his kicks. I won't sing this time.