Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Neighborhoods: Brookside

I had 2 different people ask Brookside-related questions within the same month. The first one was: how did Brookside get its nickname? The 2nd one was: how did Crow Creek get its name?
Brookside began as a part of the Creek Indian land just south of Tulsa. This land was granted to the Creek Nation in 1824. The Perryman family (Creek) was one of the first families to settle in this area and operated the first post office in 1882 at the home of George Perryman near what is now 41st & Trenton. (A marker stands at this site today.) If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you will see a circle around the section of their home that served as a post office:

Lewis Perryman came in 1884 and established a trading post along the Arkansas River. They once had a ranch encompassing more than 60,000 acres between Tulsa and Broken Arrow. A branch of the Chisholm Trail passed across Crow Creek near 32nd and Rockford. This was cattle country early on. Wagon tracks were still visible in the 1930's.

That being said, Brookside could well be considered one of the oldest parts of Tulsa.
It is believed that a store owner by the name of Guy Scroggs was the first to use the name “Brookside” when he named his drug store Brookside Drugs around 1940 and it stuck.

In the 1920s people were saying the smart place to buy land was out in the country on South Peoria. Where the city limits sign stood in a weeded lot. And you had to drive into town to purchase goods. The Allmore Apartments, 1339 S Peoria in 1929 must have been right on the "edge" of town then.

The Brookside area was sold 3-5 acres at a time back in the 1920s. Smart people figured the town would grow in that direction and the value would increase. And it did. This is the area loosely defining Brookside: Here are a few more nostalgic looks at Brookside over the years:

And the 2nd question? Crow Creek was named after a railroad president, not a bird.

Sources: neighborhoodtulsa.com & Tulsa Tribune
Photos courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society


Anonymous said...


Thanks for the link to my site. What a beautiful graphic at the top of your blog! I look forward to more of your comments on Tulsa history.

Mike Ransom
Tulsa TV Memories

Nancy said...

Thanks Mike! Glad you stopped by. Tell your friends and neighbors about this blog; I want to share it with everyone who cares about Tulsa's past.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the history. I'm not a native Tulsan or Okie but I have one son born here and I have enjoyed living here and learning about the history makes it more enjoyable.
Kent Bryant

Anonymous said...

I live in Brookside - only a few months. But i love their history. I started looking it up today and was so intrigued. Anything more you have on brookside... post it now!!! :)

Unknown said...

I have lived in Brookside for over 15 years and learn something new about this interesting part of Tulsa all the time. Thank you for your interesting and informative post. Good information and great pictures. Where did you find your information?

Anonymous said...

An observation on the 41st& Peoria photo: this view looks east, the small white bldg on the south side of the street (SW corner)was a small office shared by my father and a friend, Barney Lee (an independent oilman) called the Bar-Lee Drilling Co. I believe the bldg was originally an office for a nursery (the tree-growing kind) that existed there.
Occupying a large portion of the NW corner was a (golf)driving range, which later added a miniature golf course called Putt-Putt. Lots of fun summer nights spent there in the 50's

Mary Lou Jester Branson said...

I grew up on 35th Place in Brookside and graduated from Central (downtown) in 1950. My parents were good friends with Guy and Ruth Scroggs and I babysat their daughter, Sheryl. I walked the block to Eliot School (where my father was principal during my 5th and 6th grades). Often, both my friend and cohort in elementary school crime, Nora Lu Huff, and I would be sent to the Brookside Grocery for a loaf of bread; their butcher lived across the street from our house, as did the same bootleggers involved in the Seidenbach robbery - I sold them apples from our tree from a makeshift stand in front of our house. Mother was horrified that I was even talking to them, but they paid me $5!