Hidden History of Tulsa

Hidden History of Tulsa

by Steve Gerkin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626195790
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Hidden History
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 531,708
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


A graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Steve Gerkin has been a This Land Press contributing editor for three years. This Land is a Tulsa-based social media company whose focus is Oklahoma writers writing about Oklahoma-related issues. He retired as a general dentist in 2010 and as a professor of wine education for seven years at Oklahoma State University in 2013. Gerkin is a lifetime member of the Oklahoma and Tulsa Historical Societies.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Acknowledgements 11

Part I Early Racial Tensions: Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 and the Presence of White Supremacists

1 Beno Hall: Tulsa's Den of Terror 15

2 The White Knight Vigilantes: Exposing the Founders of Tulsa's Ku Klux Klan Clubhouse 22

3 Watts and Clary: The Odd Couple of Civil Rights Reconciliation 28

4 Joe Sheets: The Man in the Box 35

5 Diamond in the Rough: The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Scapegoat 41

6 Tracking Down Diamond Dick: John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Symposium Speech on May 31, 2013 47

7 First Charged. Last Freed: The Exonerated Czar of Greenwood 54

Part II Dirigible Flyover: Zeppelin Circles Downtown Tulsa

8 USS Los Angeles Floats Over Tulsa in 1929: Crowds Watch from Rooftops 65

Part III Colorful Personalities: Native Giants and a Hamburger Nazi

9 They Might Be Giants: A Pigskin Bushwhack in the Osage 71

10 No Phones, No Fools, No Frets: The J.J. Behind J.J.'s Gourmet Burger Cafe 78

11 Harry F. Sinclair: The Trouble with Harry 87

12 Hay Is for Hosses: A Hay Hauler Fights Drought and Technology to Preserve a Pastime 97

13 Planet of Mushrooms: A Fungi Odyssey 103

14 The Ringleader: The Burning of the Coliseum and the End of Tulsa Wrestling's Romantic Era 106

Part IV Landmarks and Gangsters: Streets, Hills and a Murderous Maestro

15 The Hills Have Eyes: Standpipe Hill Seldom Stood Still 115

16 Electric to Eco Trolleys: Champions of Tulsa Transportation 120

17 Cedar Street: Tulsa's Proudest Thoroughfare 125

18 "Creepy" Karpis and the Central Park Gang 129

19 Fiddler Spade Gooley Played Rough: His Photo Terrorizes Patrons of Cain's Ballroom 135

Bibliography 143

About the Author 144

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