Reading about them tearing down one end of the grandstand at the Tulsa Fairgrounds made me think about a trivia question I once asked on Facebook. It was one of the "where am I?" where I show a random photo. This was the photo in question that day:
The answer is:
This was the Merchant Exhibit and Grandstand Building at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Designed by Bruce Goff, it was built in 1930 beneath the existing grandstand which was 685 ft long and 100 ft wide. This was the longest building of its kind west of the Mississippi River. The building was lost when half of it sank into an abandoned coal mine.
Did you catch that last sentence? Yes, it sank into the ground! Much of that entire area, including where Sears sits, was used for coal mining.
I plan on writing some about these coal mines in the future. There were quite a few.