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 The Beginning of Tulsa
By J. M. Hall
(1927 / 1933)

(c) Karolyn Kay Garland (1997)

Nothing here is free for the taking. This book is reproduced here with the permission of the copyright holder - see copyright statement.


The reprinting of "The Beginning of Tulsa" is for my children and grand children and in honor of my great grandfather, J. M. Hall, the founder of the city of Tulsa, and his majestic efforts in shaping the city of Tulsa. J. M. Hall was one of the first to do almost everything to help Tulsa to become a metropolis. The reprinting of "The Beginning of Tulsa" is a documentary of his memories of early Tulsa and his vision of the city of the future.

Karolyn Kay Garland

December 1997

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 Written in 1927 and updated in 1933 this book is the story of the beginning of Tulsa written by one of the first men to arrive in Indian Territory in the area that would become Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the 1927 writing of the book several early Tulsan's reviewed Hall's writing for accuracy. This history has been "the" reference book used and quoted in the many books and articles about Tulsa's history that followed.

For many years this book could only be found in the reference section of Tulsa's main library and Tulsa University's McFarlin Library's manuscript collection and was not available through inter-library loan. In 1997 Karolyn Kay Garland (a member of J. M. Hall's family) had the book reprinted as a gift for the Hall family members.

Karolyn has most kindly given me permission to put this book on-line for everyone's enjoyment. Karolyn is the copyright holder for this book. Please respect her copyright.

My most sincere thanks and gratitude to Karolyn for her generosity!

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