Sand Springs, Oklahoma
One man's dream burst into reality as Sand Springs,
Oklahoma, became the "industrial center of the
southwest" in the early twentieth century. Self-made
millionaire Charles Page recognized opportunity and quickly bought Native American land allotments as they became available for sale, setting about his vision of creating a planned community for thousands of workers. From feverish growth and economic prosperity to violent labor unrest and race riots, Sand Springs exemplifies the opportunities and struggles faced by countless towns across the nation.
The more than 200 images contained within this book
are from the collection of the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum, as well as several private contributors. Focusing on the unusual philanthropic endeavors, industrial and economic diversity, and intriguing political and social structure that has formed this spirited town, the book invites its readers to examine many rare photographs and discover
for themselves the traits that make Sand Springs both unique and ubiquitous.
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architect Daniel back row bandstand Booker brick Broadway built Cafe Captain B.F. Breeding chandeliers Charles Page Boulevard chenille Christmas Commander Mills Company completed in 1920 construction cotton DeBolt dedication dormitory downtown Sand Springs early Sand Springs Ed Galloway featured floor front Garfield Gavril George Gilmore Home Band Home grounds Hotel Interurban streetcar Iowa Building Jack Emerson Joe Cole Johnston Murray Kerr Glass land later left to right located Lucile Lumber Main Street Mary Ward matron Mayor George Gilmore milk moved Oklahoma orphanage Page Memorial Library passengers philanthropy pose postcard power plant Prattville proudly purchased railroad residents ride Sand Springs High Sand Springs Home Sand Springs Lake Sand Springs Park Sand Springs Railway Sandites Second Street served Sheffield Steel Shell Creek Lake short-line railroad Southwest Springs and Tulsa Springs High School Springs Home boys streetcar studio Tingley town triangle truck unidentified wagon Widows workers