Turley, OK
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I'm the webmaster for a Tulsa County site and in my research on the cities and towns of Tulsa county I ran across a publication "Tulsa County Historic Sites July 1982" prepared by the Community Planning Division, Indian Nations Council of Governments for the Tulsa County Historical Society (Financed in part with Federal funds ...). Here's what that publication has to say about Turley.

Located in Section 1 Township 20N Range 12E. Post office 13 Jan 1897 - 23 Aug 1957. Has now been absorbed into Tulsa. Located on North Peoria Turley is one of Tulsa County's oldest communities and is still called Turley. Turley had its beginnings around 1897-1898. Jim Turley and S. L. Daun's store housed the post office named for Jim Turley [Bob Cooper disagrees with his - see his articles]. This store and a blacksmith shop operated by Herman Bussman comprised the first town of Turley, which was located one mile north and one mile east of the present site (66th Street North and Peoria). In 1904, the Midland Valley railroad was surveyed and the town was moved to a point one-half mile north of its present location, to the supposed site of the railroad. In 1906, on completion of the railroad, the town was moved to its present site by H. L. Buck. Turley was established because of farming interests, but those interests soon gave way to the oil industry. Turley is located in the heart of the Bird Creek Oil Field, the oldest oil field in Tulsa County. Around 1902, Turley's first school was taught in a small frame schoolhouse near the original townsite. The first permanent school in Turley was a one room brick building constructed in 1908. This was replaced in 1912 by a four room brick building. A three-story brick school was completed in 1920. This building exists today. The Methodists were the first religious denomination in town with both a church building and a parsonage.

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