IT does, every second Saturday of the month Is a different tour of architecture and culture!!! And I highly recommend going to get a little bit of respect, love and good old spirit for our city.
I kind of knew, but I now know!
So I kind of knew that Tulsa had a few underground tunnels but let me just tell you I had no idea how many buildings were connected by these tunnels and the best part...the amazing architecture!
So we started at the Mayo Hotel...
Ya know, with a few friends, my mother-in-law and 400 of our other friends in the lobby of the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa, OK! Apparently most of Tulsa wanted to do the tour as well and Facebook is an amazing way to advertise!
They sold 400 tickets before 10:00 am in just one hour! Their typical tour is about 40 people or less.
I told the kids if they fussed while waiting here, we are NOT ready for Disney yet. It is like this...FOR EVERY RIDE!!!!
Did you know the Mayo Hotel Sold to its current owner for only $1.00?
There were so many tid-bits and facts dropped upon in the tour that I had no idea about, until this point. It gave me an even more love for my home town, and the care of the people working to preserve the hiSTORY of our Tulsa.
I kind of think the vault alone was worth it...
Seriously, in the building above they walk you by the bank vault down in the basement. It was pretty darn cool and I felt kind of like I was witnessing some real life scene out of Oceans Eleven or something!
So apparently this tunnel is not one that people get to go into all of the time. It was a tunnel between The Philcade and Philtower buildings. The Philtower building is where Waite Phillips' office was housed and the Philcade building is where he and Mrs. Phillips made their home only after living at Philbrook for a few years.
Fear was the reason for the tunnel.
Above are the elevators in the Philcade building and the ceiling is just below here. As I mentioned before, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips only lived in their residence at Philbrook for a few years, because they apparently got a bit skiddish after the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping. There were several kidnappings of high profile people and their children during that time period and the Phillip's family felt it was safer in the tower than their home. The tunnels were used for him to travel back and forth to his work, incase of an emergency or it is rumored to have some moonshine ran through it during the Prohibition.
The Philcade was the "Woodland Hills Mall" of the 20's! There were many stores and boutiques throughout the ground floor.
Isn't it just beautiful!?!?!?!?!
No Workout Needed for me today!
I had plans to workout later in the day, however I carried Rosi on my back the whole way (about an hour) of 30+ extra lbs and a brisk walk...I think I am good for the day!
I cannot tell you how much I recommend you do this!!! It is put on by the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and they give tours every Second Saturday of the month starting 10a.m. at Topeca Coffee next door to the Mayo Hotel. Not every month is it focused on the tunnels, it is always architecture related and on a regular basis they pop into the tunnels. Tours are $10 each for anyone 12 yrs old and older.
My only Regret...
Not bringing my real camera.
I completely meant to, however as you can see, I still got some pretty decent shots with my iPhone. I have a few different iPhone classes coming up. If you are interested, I am doing a "Sip and Learn" and I am also teaching several photography classes through Jenks Community Education .
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO TELL YOUR STORY IN AN AMAZING WAY!
"You shouldn't have to be a professional photographer to capture the beautiful moments in your life. I can teach anyone with a camera in their hand to tell their story in an amazing way!"
Love, Grace and Peace,
P.S. Leave a comment below if you have a really cool place in Tulsa, OK that is somewhat unknown that you think we should tour as a family!
P.S.S Anyone interested in joining me early one Saturday morning for a walking tour and doing some photography together downtown>