Sunday, January 28, 2007

Tulsarama 2007

From one of the various RSS feeds I follow, I found out about an interesting event to happen in Tulsa on 15 June 2007 ... the unearthing of a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere (among other things)!


When Oklahoma was 50 years old, the citizens of Tulsa were having a "Tulsarama!" festivities and buried a brand new gold and white Plymouth Belvedere during their Golden Jubilee Week.  The car was to act as a time capsule, and was buried approximately 100 feet north of the intersection of Sixth Street and Denver Avenue. 


Along with the car, there are several other items reported to be in it, including:

  • A Douglas Aircraft Co. aerial map of Tulsa airport facilities and aerial photographs of the area.
  • A statement from the Tulsa Council of Churches, a prayer for the greatest good for the next 50 years, a history of churches in Tulsa by then-Tulsa World Religion Editor Beth Macklin and a directory of area churches.
  • Flags with 48 stars that flew over the U.S. Capitol, the state Capitol, the County Courthouse and City Hall.
  • A sound-motion-picture print of "24 Hours of Progress," produced by the Oil Information Committee of the American Petroleum Institute.
  • A case of Tulsa-manufactured motor oil, furnished by Sunray DX Oil Co.
  • A five-gallon can of gasoline. (some reports indicate 10 gallons)
  • Microfilmed records of guesses of Tulsa's population in 2007.
  • The contents of a "typical" woman's handbag, including tranquilizer pills, 14 bobby pins, a compact, a tube of lipstick, two combs, a package of gum, a plastic rain hat, pocket-size facial tissues, an unpaid parking ticket, cigarettes and matches, and $2.73 in bills and coins.

As part of the "Tulsarama!" festivities, citizens of Tulsa were asked to guess what the population of Tulsa would be in the year 2007. The guesses were then recorded on microfilm and sealed in a steel container buried with the car. When the car and artifacts are excavated, the person whose guess is closest to Tulsa's 2007 population is to be awarded the Belvedere (or next of kin).


You can read more about this at Tulsarama 2007 or

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