Tulsa is a sprawling city with many suburbs and lots of schools, job opportunities, dining, shopping, and more. It’s a proper metropolis! And like every other large city, it has hidden gems in its long history that even locals may not know about.

Check out these unusual facts about Tulsa!

Pop culture:

Several movies – some you’ve heard of and some you probably haven’t – have been filmed in Tulsa. The movie UHF staring Weird Al Yankovic was filmed there, using over a dozen real-life businesses and locations and starring many local celebrities. The classic 1982 flim The Outsiders was set and filmed in Tulsa, also. In addition, a 2009 Sundance Film Festival success, Four Sheets to the Wind, was filmed in Tulsa, Holdenville, and Wewoka, OK.

Also, country music phenomenon Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa in 1962. Today, he is the best-selling solo artist in the U. S. and one of the best-selling of all time, in the ranks of the Beatles and the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

Strange laws:

Every town is rumored to have unusual laws buried in ancient books, and Tulsa is no different. For example, it is allegedly illegal to bring an elephant into downtown, and you’re supposed to have a licensed engineer present when you open a soda bottle, which is obviously ignored.

It’s also illegal to get a tattoo in Tulsa, although many tattoo artists advertise and practice in the open anyway, some of them advertising their business as a tattoo removal service.

These obscure laws will probably remain intact forever, although it’s unlikely that anyone will ever abide by them.

Geographical oddities:

Tulsa is also known for geographical features and it’s unique location within the U.S.

Many towns claim to be the beginning of America’s famed Route 66, but Tulsa is the official start. In 1927, a local business man pushed for a route to be developed that went from Chicago to California, and it was then that Tulsa claimed the title.

It is almost dead center of Tornado Alley, experiencing an average of 52 tornados per year. The term was coined after a localized study of Texas and Oklahoma in 1952. Building codes are stricter in parts of Tornado Alley, including Tulsa.

Tulsa is the center of the universe. Standing on a small concrete circle in downtown Tulsa, you can experience a unique natural wonder. When you make a noise, it will echo back to you louder than the original sound, and people outside the circle can’t hear it. This attraction draws visitors from all over the country.

Tulsa’s beauty has always been recognized and appreciated by locals and visitors alike. Since 1950, the city has won various titles for beautiful large cities from Time magazine, Forbes magazine, Partners For Livable Communities, and Relocate America.

Enjoy Tulsa for the thriving downtown, the hip midtown, the growing Pearl district, and more, but also appreciate these little-known facts about one of America’s most beautiful cities

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