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Tulsa in Tulsa County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Crystal City

 

Tulsa's Historic Route 66

 
Crystal City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
1. Crystal City Marker
Inscription.  Amusement parks became popular in the early 1900s. Building on the array of entertainment options offered by the traveling circus, the typical amusement park featured a midway full of games, sideshows, and exhibits; mechanical rides and indoor spaces for dancing, watching performances, and eating. Tulsa's first amusement park, Orcutt Park, opened on the southeast side of the city in 1907. Electric Park opened in Red Fork near the intersection of Sapulpa Road (Southwest Boulevard) and West 43rd Street in 1921. Strategically located along the western course of the Interurban line, Electric Park offered rides, concessions, and a swimming pool with a man-made beach for lounging.

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"

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By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
2. Crystal City Marker
cars, as well as Zingo, one of the largest wooden roller coasters in the state. There was also a bath house and what was then the largest swimming pool in Oklahoma. A miniature golf course, a miniature train and station, and the famed Casa Loma dance hall rounded out the experience.

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

Reverse side of the Crystal City Marker and Tulsa Route 66 West Gateway. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
3. Reverse side of the Crystal City Marker and Tulsa Route 66 West Gateway.
north of West 43rd Place, on the right when traveling north. Located in front of the Crystal City Shopping Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4261 Southwest Boulevard, Tulsa OK 74107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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. 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. 1 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. EntertainmentParks & 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.
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