Thursday, July 23, 2009

60's & 70's Musings

I'm sort of stuck in the 1960's/1970's this week. Who doesn't remember The Camelot?

(click on photos to enlarge)
The castle-like hotel, located at 48th & Peoria, was finished in 1967 and had a turret, a moat and a drawbridge. The pool was shaped like a spear head. The Red Lion nightclub was extremely popular as well as the Sunday brunches. One of my sisters had her wedding reception there in the mid-1970s. What a place! Here is a partial view of the lobby:
And the entrance:
Down the street south was the first Quik Trip store. I still love a Coke Koolee (they will always be Koolees, I don’t care what they try to call them now) and will always remember that jingle. “Hooray for Koolee! yeah yeah yeah!” OK I’ll stop. This picture is actually one located on Lewis.

Over at 41st and Yale, Southroads Mall and Southland were introduced. I remember wanting to know what the heck a “mall” was. And I soon learned. Where Reasors now sits was originally a Woolco Store. Check out the newest thing: A CAR STEREO AND TAPE DECK!- kind of pricey for back then!
And Southland was a whole new world. Lerner’s and Penny’s were my favorite places to hang out. I bought a LOT of 45 records at Penny’s. My Mom loved having a Brown Dunkin (now Dillards)close by.

And of course there was a Bordens cafeteria as well:
Moving south affected my family in another way. What had been a Friday night tradition of going to the Piccadilly downtown was changed to going to the new Piccadilly that was opened in Southroads Mall. Not a bad change really- I looked forward to going to Another Point of View and gazing at the posters and other cool stuff after we ate. We usually piled into Dad's Gold Plymouth Fury, similar to this one:
Thinking of that tank....er..car also brings back the memory of driving it through the first Mista Clean car wash that opened at 38th and Sheridan in 1970. This gigantic barn-looking building was really an adventure (for a kid) as it pulled you through which was a new concept back then. And look at the wide, open space around it:
One last photo taken in 1969. Perhaps one of the last, sad images of where Tulsa's heart used to be, where it all started. The northwest corner of 1st and Main- before it was torn down and demolished. That was the Hall store, built in 1902.

Urban Renewal is not a new (or happy) subject for most of us. It's one of those "don't get me started" kind of things. However in dealing with Tulsa's history it is hard to avoid the topic. But I will save it for another day.

photos courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society unless otherwise noted

25 comments:

adairmd said...

I love your blog! In the Tape deck picture, it's funny that it says "Automatic Radio". I'm with you about tearing down old buildings. I hate to see the history go down just for a parking lot, or an empty lot.

David said...

I grew up in Southeast Tulsa (born in Tulsa in 1955). In my neighborhood (near Nathan Hale High) in the early 60's, the convenience store everyone went to was not a Quik Trip; it was a Git-N-Go, the one at 21st and Memorial. :-)

The frozen drink introduced there was the 'Icee' (not sure if Icee came before Koolee or after because both Quik Trip and Git 'n' Go first opened stores in Tulsa in 1958). Icee's slogan was: 'The Coldest Drink In Town'.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdehn/4503250464/

See Git-N-Go sign at Tulsa TV Memories here:
http://tulsatvmemories.com/gb072404.html


-David Worrell

Kim Nail Little said...

I love that I stumbled across your blog. Southland was a happening place (still miss Big Mike's!)--loved Lerner's and Baker's Shoes and Clarke's!!! And Southroads was just, well, too cool. I also LOVED shopping at Another Point of View...remember Fannie Farmer's Candy and the restaurant at Vandiver's that looked out on the mall? I can vividly remember my mom taking me shopping at Stewart's and Extension One before starting 9th grade. She spent $100 on my wardrobe.

Maire of Thistledown said...

Happened onto your blog through the Webster site, I didn't attend Webster, I did attend Clinton JH, we moved to the Rogers district just after 9th grade. I love the pictures and memories. I wondered if you have found any pictures of the old Picadilly Cafeteria downtown? My father worked there as the assistant manager for about 6 years.
I remember that huge building, I think it was across from the Library, that had "onion" decorations on top, it was torn down in the early 70s, sad, it was beautiful

Maire of Thistledown said...

Sorry, I didn't mean the Picadilly was across from the Library, I meant that they tore down a beautiful building across from the Library. I do remember when they tore down all the old buildings across from the Picadilly to make room for the Williams Center

Roger Ruddock said...

I Love this stuff! I grew-up in Tulsa in the 60's and 70's but now i live in California but getting ready to move back to the place that i have always considered my home (Tulsa). I think that it is sad that so many things that i have memories of are now gone like the School that i went to (Lowell Elementary) and so many other places and things do not exist any longer. I use to love going to Crutchfield park in the Summers and playing in that huge sprinkler that they use to have there, and you got a free lunch. I could go on and on about how it use to be in Tulsa as i was growing-up. I feel so fortunate that i got to grow-up in Tulsa and cannot wait to return to spend the remainder of my life there (even with all the changes). Had many good times and i sure miss Uncle Zebs cartoon camp. Gusty was cool too! :-)

Anonymous said...

I am a TUlsa boy born and raised, now 55. Would like assistance through history society researching my grandpa, Marshall O. Hart, Tulsa County Medical Examiner in the 50s with his medical practice practice now underneath Blue Cross building...Can you help?

John

Anonymous said...

I lived in the Old Village Apts.@ 41st and Peoria in the late 70s and managed a Hemi's Pizza there...Brookside had it's own culture then.

John

Nancy said...

John, my best suggestion is for you to contact Ian Swart at the Historical Society and see if he can help. And if he cannot, then he will direct you towards who can. You can email him at iswart@tulsahistory.org or call him next Tuesday at 918-712-9484.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm not very familiar with blog sites but decided to try one, as I saw there are others out there as nostalgic as I am. I've lived in Tulsa all my life, I'm 48 now. Recently I was sorting through pictures and found photos I had taken inside the old Southroads Mall in 1995, right before they tore it down. I took the photos for nostalgic purposes, to preserve the memories. I have lots of great memories of that mall, going there with my grandmother and sister and cousins, in the mid to late 70's. In particular, I enjoyed eating at the Golden Horse restaurant over Vandever's. Does anyone have any photos of this mall or that restaurant they'd be willing to share? We never took pictures when we went shopping there, much to my regret all these years later. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I would give anything to see photos of inside Southroads Mall - Another Point of view, etc..

Anonymous said...

Just Googled Utica Square shops and ended up reading this wonderful blog. I live in Finland but was a student at ORU from 1967 on. I also worked at the University Club until fall of 1970. I have a lot of fun memories of Tulsa,and enjoy this blog very much indeed.
I remember being one of the last customers at a rather big departmen store in downtown Tulsa which was then teared down the next morning. I've forgotten the name of the store,but remember clearly that a wrecking ball was used and then dynamite to finish off the job. I thought it so exciting at the time. The Mickey Mouse watch I bought that last evening is still with me.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the nice comment!

Baby Girl Lowe said...

Nancy, or others,
What a wonderful blog! I am a Tulsa girl as well, but was born in the 60's. So reading your memories is awesome.
I was wondering if you remember anything in particular about Tulsa's first "Love In" at Woodward Park? If you could email me, I'd love to talk further. My Mother grew up in Tulsa, but passed away when I was very young, and I would love to hear more about Tulsa in the 60's and early 70's. sfranklin568@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I worked in Southroads Mall as a teen in the late 70's. Great times there. I remember the fountains & Spencers gifts. Im 49.

john g said...

Enjoyed your blog. Grew up in Tulsa from 1953 to 2004. Had a men's clothing store in southroads mall in early to late 70's. Wish there were more pics of the inside. there are alot of good pics at tulsatvmemories.com - check it out.
PS: 'Automatic Radio' was a brand name not a description. Known as AR.
Parks

John said...

I am 51yrs old & consider myself a native Tulsan I grew up in the Cincinnati Hill/Suburban Acres area of Tulsa until the age of nine (1972) when my family moved to Inola Ok, I moved back to Tulsa after high school school & some college in 1987, when I was 24yrs old. I remember so many wonderful things in Tulsa from the late 1960's to the late 1980's that are sadly all gone now. I remember Southland, Southroads Mall, the Southroads Twin theatre, the UA annex Mall & theatre, & Oshman's sporting goods store well. At Southland I remember seeing German Beatles albums at Jc penny's, Jc Penney's converting their sporting goods department into a Toy Departmemt every year at Christmas time, looking at the jukebox in the J.C Penny's Juniors Department while waiting on my mother & sisters who were buying back to school colthes, the Rebel Jeans kiosk at Frougs. my mother going to Cloth World & waiting in the car with my father who got on our C.B. Radio & tried to get the Goodyear Blimp (which was hovering nearby to write Happy Birthday John on their sign Board. Mall I remember At Southroads Woolco, Spensors Gifts, Walden Books,& the fountains, I also remember going to see Star Wars on thanksgiving Day night 1977 at the Southroads Twin when I was 13yrs old, When I was 19yrs old My Father taking me to Remberg's to buy me a Tweed Sport coat for college. I also remember going to the arcade next to Tousend's Top Shop at the UA Annex Mall.
P.S. There are so many things lost & gone from Tulsa from the baby boomer years 1945-1990 that Someone should write a Book & or do a Documentary on Tulsa in the Baby Boomer years (1945-1990)

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me the name of the shoe store located on the northeast corner of 6th and Main in downtown Tulsa during the late 60s and early 70s I think. It is driving my family crazy because none of us can think of the name!! Thanks ~~ Linda

Nancy said...

Cinderella Bootery?

Anonymous said...

Lower level of Southroads, with Looboyle's, there used to be a mod clothing stores for teens and young adults. Hippy kind of stuff with tie dyed shirts, etc. Anyone remember the name?

Anonymous said...

David

Do any of you recall the name of a 60's style mod clothing store in the lower level of Southroads that sold stuff like tie dyed shirts, etc.?

Nancy said...

Are you thinking of Another Point of View?

Anonymous said...

Went to Lowell. Played at Crutchfield park like. Ponyboy lol. Does anyone remember Lakeview amusement park out by Mohaw?

Mike said...

Ok, here is another one for your consideration: Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that QuikTrip is actually the 2300 E. 56 PL location (approx). I used to run across S. Lewis to get there from our house when I was six. Do a Google Street View of the little strip center on the south side of 56th PL and see what you think. - MSLTUL@yahoo.com

Nancy said...

Mike, you are correct!