Monday, June 8, 2009

The Doors Part 4

The owner, whom I shall call Mr. B, had purchased lots- 9 to be exact- in the mid 1960’s. 7 of them in Block 89 which was bounded by First and Second, Main and Boston. And 2 lots in Block 88 (Boston and Cincinnati/First and Second). This was all of the information I could learn, for the next transactions were the buyouts by the city for the Urban Renewal project. I found a knowledgeable clerk who pulled out a map and helped me ID addresses for that area. Now it was time to begin pouring through the old Polk directories from the 1960’s era.
The 2 doors with numbers on them were what I started with first. The red door with the number 20 on it was fairly easy (comparatively speaking) to figure out. To the best of my knowledge, this door belonged on the Tampico Bar establishment at the time of its acquisition, which was located at 20 E. First. Before that it was a bar of other names and a watch repair shop back in the early 1920’s. This was definitely a lot that Mr. B owned.

The door with 811 on it really stumped me. There were no building numbers in that entire area with 811- believe me, I looked!! As common sense would tell you, buildings with those numbers would begin around 8th street. And in all of the directories from downtown (and surrounding areas) in that time frame, there was only 1 building with 811 and it was 811 S Boston.
While going through the land records I couldn’t help but notice other names of owners along with Mr. B’s. Wherever he owned property, another couple seemed to as well. Making huge leaps and assumptions I’m going to say that they might have known each other because this other couple owned the property at 811 S. Boston. It might stand to reason that they knew he wanted the door(s) to any of their properties and gave them this one. Hey, it’s the best I could come up with! This door led to 3 businesses inside: a clock repair shop, the New Coney and McCracken’s Barber Shop. This is Guy Scott’s Barber shop that may have looked very similar (click on photo to enlarge):
The photo below is looking north at 9th on Boston – it was the closest I could find. On the right is a car dealership that is now Tulsa Community College and across the street- that entire block, is a parking lot. 811 S Boston was somewhere on the left hand side, north a ways in this picture taken in 1953.

(photos courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society)

Next up: Hat and Flower shops?