The word “Tulsa” comes from the Creek word “tallasi,” meaning “old town,” which is fitting since the area now known as Tulsa, Oklahoma, was first settled by the Loachapoka Band of the Creek Native American tribe between 1828 and 1836.
In 1898, Tulsa was officially incorporated, and Edward Calkins became the city’s first mayor. Soon after, a rush to the oil fields surrounding the area brought fortune and the nickname “Oil Capital of the World.”
The city has now become a hub for the aerospace and health care industries. To learn more about the history of Tulsa, visit the Oklahoma Historical Society.