The City of Tulsa is nestled within northeastern Oklahoma's rolling green terrain where the Great Plains meet the Ozark Plateau. Within this beautiful setting, Tulsa combines a modern cosmopolitan atmosphere with Old West charm and southern character. One of the country's biggest concentrations of Art Deco architecture grew up in Tulsa, in the 1920s when oil barons built graceful mansions and commercial buildings. Tulsa is also home to the world's biggest collections of American West art, and it proudly boasts one of the top ten regional opera companies and one of the world's top ten Oktoberfests. It is also the birthplace of Route 66, America's "Mother Road," and home to many other popular attractions.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa has a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot summers and occasionally severe winters. Heavy thunderstorms come in the spring and early summer, many bringing tornadoes and hard rain. There have even been tornadoes in Tulsa in December. Vulnerable to flooding, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa has developed one of the country's most extensive and award-winning flood control systems. Summers can bring triple-digit temperatures with high humidity that lead to health alerts. Winters are usually mild but can be extreme. Temperatures in the Tulsa Port of Catoosa range from an average high of 34°C (93°F) in July and August to an average low of -2°C (28°F) in January. Precipitation is heaviest in the late spring and summer, peaking at almost 15 centimeters (nearly six inches) in May, and lowest in January at about four centimeters (1.6 inches). Snow comes to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa from November through March, peaking from December through February at over six centimeters (more than 2.5 inches).
Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum is a national leader in preserving, studying, and appreciating American art and history. With over ten thousand works of art by 400 artists, the collection spans colonial to contemporary America and includes the world's most comprehensive collection of American West art. Located in the home of oil baron Thomas Gilcrease overlooking the city, permanent exhibits include works by Russell, Remington, Moran, and Catlin as well as a vast collection of art and artifacts representing Native American culture. The museum also features many traveling exhibits.
The Gilcrease Museum sits among about 186 hectares of grounds that contain picnic areas, walking paths, themed gardens, and about 65 hectares of natural habitat. The museum also sponsors tours, lectures, workshops, and musical events. The Gilcrease Museum in the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10am until 5pm, and public tours are scheduled for 2pm each day. The museum is closed on Mondays and on Christmas Day. Admissions range from $8 for adults to $6 for seniors, US military, and groups. College students pay $5, and children under 18 are admitted free.
Tulsa is proud to be the home of American humorist Will Rogers. The Will Rogers Memorial Museum collects, preserves, and shares the life of Rogers with the general public. The museum contains much memorabilia and many artifacts extending across Rogers' careers (including trick roper, performer, movie star, radio commentator, newspaper columnist, author, and philosopher). It is also home to the Rogers family tomb. Open every day from 8am until 5pm, the Will Rogers Memorial Museum is located in nearby Claremore. Admission fees are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and US military. Children under 18 are admitted free.
Among the popular items in this Tulsa Port of Catoosa museum are a saddle collection, photos and manuscripts from Rogers many careers, the Rogers family tomb, and a research library and archives. Visitors will find original art by Charles Russell, Count Tamburini, Jo Davidson, Wayne Cooper, Charles Banks Wilson, and many more.
The Will Rogers Memorial Museum covers 20 acres that Rogers bought in 1911 for $500 an acre. When he died unexpectedly in an air crash with well-known pilot Wiley Post, the Rogers family donated the land and much of the collection for the museum. Nestled in the sunken garden at this popular Tulsa Port of Catoosa museum is the family tomb.
The 162-hectare Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch (Dog Iron Ranch) is open to the public every day of the year from 8am until 5pm, and admission donations are appreciated. The ranch contains the two-story home where Rogers (son of a Cherokee senator, judge, and cattleman) was born in 1879. The home has been conserved as it was. The old barn houses climate-controlled classroom and a continuously-running video program. Visitors will see Texas Longhorn and other livestock that still grace on the ranch on the shores of Lake Oologah. The ranch has picnic areas and a grass airstrip. There is ample parking, and overnight hook-ups are available from April through September with water, electricity, and a wastewater dump.
The Tulsa Ocktoberfest is one of the country's favorite festivals. With great food, authentic German bands, and plenty of German beer, Tulsa's Ocktoberfest offers a variety of great entertainment, arts and crafts, and kid-friendly activities in the Das Jugendzelt (Children's' Tent). Visitors can dance to traditional German music or local Oklahoma bands or participate in the popular relay-keg rolling contest. At Das Sports Café, enthusiasts can watch sporting events on a big screen.
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