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Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 158
Bixby, OK 74008
P: +1 918-366-9445

History & Heritage

The south Tulsa County town called Bixby was named for Tams Bixby, member of the Dawes Commission and its chair from 1903. In the 1890s, before allotment of lands to Creek individuals, the community lay within the Creek (Mvskoke) Nation. A post office was designated in July 1899. One of 308 townsites laid out by the commission during and after allotment, a formal town of Bixby was surveyed in February 1902 and the plat approved in April by the Secretary of the Interior. In the tiny community situated in the valley of the Arkansas River approximately eighteen miles southeast of Tulsa, in 1901 three businesses operated. Good bottomland and surrounding prairies attracted farmers. The Bank of Bixby was established in May 1902, joined later by the Farmers and Merchants Bank. The rural community remained small until the Midland Valley Railroad constructed tracks from Muskogee northwest to Tulsa in 1904, fostering the community's expansion into a real town. The Midland Valley Townsite Company purchased and platted eighty acres on either side of the railroad and north of the government town's eighty acres by mid-1905. The "new" town grew rapidly, and by April 1905 it had Baptist and Christian churches, two schools, several fraternal lodges, a branch of the Anti-Horse Thief Association, and a Good Roads Association group. The Bixby Bulletin published its first issue in February 1905 and remained in operation in 2005. The Bixby Journal provided competition circa 1907–10. Farther from the railroad, "South" town languished and only developed in later years, partly because of contested titles to lots. Meanwhile residents of "new" Bixby petitioned the federal court at Muskogee for incorporation, which was granted in December 1906. By 1907 statehood the town had grown to 283 and by 1910 to 384. The bustling community served a surrounding agriculture-oriented township of 2,771 residents in 1911, many of whom were Creek allottees. Residents operated a cotton gin, two grain elevators, a roller mill, six general stores, and all the customary small-town enterprises. Natural gas was discovered nearby in 1905–06 and oil in 1914. As Bixby was near the Red Fork and Glenn Pool oil fields, it benefited from the regional infusion of oil money. In 1930 six oil companies operated, and two pipelines maintained facilities. The town suffered no population loss during the Great Depression, actually gaining from 1,249 inhabitants in 1920 to 1,251 in 1930 and to 1,291 in 1940. Four cotton gins operated in 1930, and two in 1940. During the 1940s and 1950s Bixby remained a small agricultural support center, with a mill, an elevator, and various other businesses. The 1960 population stood at 1,711. After that, however, the population doubled in ten years as residential development began in earnest. By 1970 Bixby had 3,973 residents, and the town was home to workers who commuted to Tulsa. The census reported 7,135 in 1980 and 9,414 in 1990. In 2000 13,336 persons lived in Bixby, by that time a bedroom community within the Tulsa metropolitan area. Twenty-five percent of employed persons worked in management or the professions in 2000. In 2010 Bixby claimed 20,884 inhabitants. Originally 160 acres at its 1906 incorporation, over the century the town annexed land, bringing its area to more than twenty-five square miles abutting Tulsa, Glenpool, Jenks, and Broken Arrow.

Outdoor Adventure

Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum is a  32.5 acre wonderfully wooded park is located just north of the Arkansas River Bridge on Memorial, in Bixby (just south of 134th and Memorial. Located in the park, visitors will find a walking trail, picnic tables, the Laci Dawn Hill Butterfly Garden, memorials to the children of the Murrah Building Bombing, and to the World Trade Center Terrorist Act. Other developments include an amphitheater and a restroom facility with covered patio. The BBQ ‘n Music Festival is held each year here, providing a shaded, pleasant atmosphere for festival attendees. Reservations are accepted for a section or sections within Washington Irving Park. This is the only park available for reservations. If interested in completing a reservation, please complete the following form. Once completed, return form to the Receptionist’s Desk located within City Hall @ 116 W. Needles.

Family Fun

Charley Young Park is a small city park, located in downtown Bixby bordered by Dawes, Cabiness and Breckenridge, this park is the site of the annual Bixby Green Corn Festival. A gazebo provides shelter for musicians, outdoor weddings, and other family oriented events. The park features a variety of hand carved figures from park trees, picnic tables, benches, playground equipment, and a swingset.There is no park or facility reservation process available for this park. However, if a group or organization plans to hold a special event within a city park, on city property, or at Lake Bixhoma, please complete the following form. Once completed, return form to the Receptionist’s Desk located within City Hall @ 116 W. Needles.

Annual Events & Festivals

The Green Corn Festival is a kick back to the good old fashioned family oriented picnics. The annual festival (held on the 4th Thursday, Friday and Saturday of June) features great music, arts and crafts, food, bingo, carnival and great games and contests for the young and young at heart. A talent show to highlight area youth is held on Friday at the Community Center and the annual Green Corn Parade entertains the masses on Saturday morning. The Festival is held in downtown Bixby, south and east of 151st and Memorial. Charley Young Park is the site of the Gazebo stage, and games, surrounded by food and crafts booths. Just a hop and skip over is the Youth Stage and Carnival. Cool off during the heat of the day by joining in a few rounds of bingo in the building at the corner of Charley Young Park. What could be more traditional than an afternoon or evening in the bright summer sun, with lemonade to sip, an array of crafts and gifts to purchase, music to enjoy listening to, with your friends all around? Only a ride on the ferris wheel as the sun sets and the sounds of carnival music drift up in the evening air…
Bixby is also home to the BBQ'n Blues Festival. This festival could easily be called the BBQ'n Family Festival. A large area within the festival is dedicated to family fun again this year.
Topping the list will be numerous inflatable jumpers available at $10.00 per child for an all day pass. Plans include a petting zoo and a trackless train ride and pony rides. The festival promises to provide a venue of family fun, food and relaxation. Proceeds from the festival return to the community through The Rotary Club of Bixby.

Data Name Value
Professional Sports 3
Team Name Value
Baseball Double A-Texas
Tulsa Drillers
Oneok Field
201 North Elgin Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74120
P: (918) 744-5901
Basketball WNBA
Tulsa Shock
BOK Center
200 South Denver Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74103
P: (918) 894-4200
Hockey EHCL
Tulsa Oilers
BOK Center
200 South Denver Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74103
P: (918) 894-4200
NCAA Sports — Division I 2
Team Name Value
Oral Roberts University
Team Name Value
Baseball
Men's Basketball
Men's Cross Country
Men's Golf
Men's Soccer
Men's Tennis
Men's Indoor Track
Men's Outdoor Track
Women's Basketball
Women's Cross Country
Women's Golf
Women's Soccer
Women's Tennis
Women's Indoor Track
Women's Outdoor Track
Women's Volleyball
The University of Tulsa
Team Name Value
Football FBS
Men's Basketball
Men's Cross Country
Men's Golf
Men's Soccer
Men's Tennis
Men's Indoor Track
Men's Outdoor Track
Softball
Women's Basketball
Women's Cross Country
Women's Golf
Women's Rowing
Women's Soccer
Women's Tennis
Women's Indoor Track
Women's Outdoor Track
Women's Volleyball
Golf Courses 16
Type Address
Bailey Ranch Golf Club
18 holes
Public course
10105 Larkin Bailey Blvd
Owasso, OK 74055
P: (918) 272-9339
Battle Creek Golf Club
18 holes
Public course
3200 N Battle Creek Dr
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
P: (918) 355-4850
Broken Arrow Golf & Athletic Club
18 holes
Private course
1651 E Omaha
Broken Arrow, OK 74014
P: (918) 355-0602
Cedar Ridge Country Club
18 holes
Private course
10302 S Garnett Rd
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
P: (918) 252-2505
Cotton Creek Golf Club
18 holes
Public course
2333 S 181st St
Mounds, OK 74047
P: (918) 827-3673
Indian Springs Country Club
36 holes
Private course
16006 E 131 St S
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
P: (918) 455-9515
LaFortune Park Golf Club
36 holes
Municipal course
5501 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK 74135
P: (918) 596-8627
Meadowbrook Country Club
18 holes
Private course
9300 E 81St St
Tulsa, OK 74133
P: (918) 252-4122
Mohawk Park Golf Club
36 holes
Public course
5223 E 41St St N
Tulsa, OK 74115
P: (918) 425-6871
Owasso Golf & Athletic Club
18 holes
Private course
13606 E 84th N
Owasso, OK 74055
P: (918) 274-4884
Page Belcher Golf Club
36 holes
Public course
6666 S Union Ave
Tulsa, OK 74132
P: (918) 446-1529
Southern Hills Country Club
27 holes
Private course
2636 E 61St St
Tulsa, OK 74136
P: (918) 494-0001
South Lakes Golf Course
18 holes
Public course
9253 S Elwood Ave
Jenks, OK 74037
P: (918) 746-3760
The Links at Bixby
9 holes
Semi-Private course
11500 Links Ct
Bixby, OK 74008
P: (918) 369-6035
Tulsa Country Club
18 holes
Private course
701 N Union Ave
Tulsa, OK 74127
P: (918) 585-8719
White Hawk Golf Course
18 holes
Public course
14515 S Yale
Bixby, OK 74008
P: (918) 366-4653
Recreation Facilities 128
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Amusement Arcades 3
Bowling Centers 6
Casinos 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 92
Marinas 4
Movie Theaters 15
Nature Parks and Other Similar Institutions 1
Racetracks 2
Skiing Facilities 0
Zoos and Botanical Gardens (Note: Includes aquariums.) 2