1906 Owen Park - Tulsa's original "Block Party"

posted Feb 12, 2011, 11:51 AM by Spencer Hellman   [ updated Feb 12, 2011, 12:00 PM ]
Tulsa Indian Territory September 1, 1906

All preparations are in place for the Labor Day parade and celebration. Despite heavy rains the night before, 23 floats, numerous citizens in vehicles and 60 cowboys lined up in downtown and started the muddy route which ended at Owen Park. The 23 floats were designed and built by various unions and their members. Over 500 union members came from Muskogee to participate in “the biggest and best celebration ever held in Tulsa”. Once the parade reached Owen Park, the participants staked out picnic places under the oak trees or gathered at the speaker stand to hear speeches. The celebration lasted two days with athletic sports and games and “eating, drinking and a general merry making”. (Note: although the city did not buy the park until 1909, it was used extensively for celebrations and city events)

Submitted by Roxanne Snider, Historian