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The Beginning of Tulsa
(c) Karolyn Kay Garland (1997)
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Tulsa Won The Road (con't)
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AFTER A THIRD LINE
C. N. Haskell, who later became the first governor of Oklahoma, and others planned to construct a railroad from Muskogee to Arkansas City by way of Sapulpa. Mr. Haskell naturally had a lot to do with locating the line. A number of Tulsa business men went to Muskogee to interview him and finally he agreed to have a survey made by way of Tulsa. The survey showed that the rail road could be built along this line with less expense than the other way, and through a better country. Mr. Haskell set his price for a bonus. It was about $15,000. After very hard work this was raised and in September, 1903, the first Midland Valley train pulled into Tulsa.
WINNING THE SANTA FE
After earnest solicitation for many years by Tulsa's business men to extend the line to Tulsa James Dunn, chief engineer of the Santa Fe, arrived in Tulsa late one afternoon in his private car. We made arrangements to drive over the proposed line between Tulsa and Owasso in a buggy. The Midland Valley had promised the Santa Fe that if it would extend to Tulsa it could use the M. V trackage and depot and Mr. Dunn had a talk with the M. V. engineer who was living in a tent near the depot at that time. Then he returned to his private car and the Tulsa business men thought he was returning to Chicago at once. But he hadn't. Next morning he was found standing before our bank. He said that during the night he had been thinking about trackage facilities and knew that the Santa Fe would wart its own. He wanted to get an option on a strip of ground 200 feet wide west of the Midland Valley property. The option was obtained and the Santa Fe named about $12,000 as the amount of bonus it would require. The bonus was raised and the first Santa Fe train came into Tulsa in 1905.
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