— Tulsa's Historic Route 66 —
William Falkenberg established a second amusement park, Crystal City, next to Electric Park in 1929, a location then enhanced by the designation of Sapulpa Road (Southwest Boulevard) as part of Route 66. As he expanded Crystal City with new rides and entertainment, it eventually absorbed Electric Park, creating a 30-acre wonderland. At its peak, patrons enjoyed thrills on 22 rides, including a Ferris wheel, Tilt-a-Whirl, Loop-a-Plane, and "Dodgem"
During its heyday in the 1940s, as many as 15,000 people
a day visited Crystal City on holidays and special occasions.
As its popularity waned after World War II, owner John C.
Mullins closed Crystal City in 1948. Fires during the off season
proved fatal to the once-vibrant amusement park. After the
bath house and Casa Loma burned in 1956, Crystal City closed
for good. Some of the rides were saved and moved to Lakeview
Amusement Park (4100 N. Harvard). Bell's Amusement Park on
Tulsa's east side named its roller coaster Zingo in honor of its
Crystal City predecessor. Investors quickly purchased and
cleared the site, preparing it for construction of the
Crystal City Shopping Center.
Erected 2019 by Tulsa Route 66 Commission. (Marker Number 29.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the U.S. Route 66 marker series.
Location. 36° 6.126′ N, 96° 1.588′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is on Southwest Boulevard
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Oil Well in Tulsa County (approx. ¼ mile away); Red Fork (approx. 0.3 miles away); Route 66 Historical Village (approx. 0.7 miles away); Clinton Heights (approx. 0.8 miles away); Sapulpa Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Tulsa's First Oil Strike (approx. 1½ miles away); Quanah Retail Center (approx. 2.2 miles away); West Tulsa (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
Also see . . . Ghosts of the Midway. (Submitted on November 1, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Parks & Recreational Areas •
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.