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

Electricity for Tulsa

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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
1. Electricity for Tulsa Marker
Inscription.  Electricity came to Tulsa in 1905 with the construction of a small generating station on this site. Public Service Company of Oklahoma acquired the "Cheyenne Street Power Plant" in 1913 when the newly formed company purchased the Tulsa corporation in the early days of expansion, the electric and ice plants in a community often were jointly owned. An ice plant located here was operated until the early 1950's. The Cheyenne Street Power Plant, at the time of the Public Service Company purchase posted 2,380 kilowatts of electric capacity and served 1,615 customers. Three generating units affectionately named "Elsa", "Maude" and "Hulda," soon were unable to keep up with the growing demand for electricity. Electric supply to customers was precarious until the completion of Tulsa Power Station on the west bank of the Arkansas River in the early 1920's. The power producing importance of the Cheyenne Street Plant declined from that point although this substation remains a principal source of power for downtown Tulsa. Two generating units continued operating until the late 1950's, providing direct current to operate the city's elevators.
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By Jason Voigt, April 7, 2021
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
Location. 36° 9.274′ N, 95° 59.683′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is at the intersection of West 1st Street and South Cheyenne Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 196 W 1st St, Tulsa OK 74103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The J.M. & H.C. Hall Mercantile Company (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Warner Brothers Marker (about 800 feet away); Tulsey Town Overpass (about 800 feet away); Tulsa Union Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); Philtower Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pentane (C5H12) Molecular Model (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Green Book (approx. 0.4 miles away); Blue Dome District (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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