Fast Facts

The Winter Olympics will be in Sochi, Russia, beginning February 7-23, 2014. For more information see the above web site.

Source: Winter Olympics web site.

Bob Dunn of Beggs, Oklahoma

Source: Tulsa World, June 1, 2003; p.H2. 

Construction on the $40 million project began in 2008 and is located seven miles northwest of downtown on 240 acres. The land was donated by Gentner Drummond and Tom Atherton. One hundred eighty acres are being conserved in their natural state of woodlands and prairie with walking and tram trails. The master plan calls for 15 major theme gardens, 60 specialty gardens, a 3,000-seat amphitheater, a conservatory, an education complex, an interfaith chapel, and a three-story observation tower.
Guests are encouraged to bring water and insect repellent.

Source: Tulsa World, 6/26/2008, p. D2; Tulsa World, 9/5/2008, p.A16. Botanical Garden website.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has a listing by city of all Oklahoma Tag Agencies.
There is a tag agency downtown: Downtown Tulsa Tag Agency, LLC, 201 West 5th Street, Suite 110, Tulsa OK 74103; Phone: 918.582.8247. Their hours are: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.

Source: Oklahoma Tax Commission web site.

You may register for the SoonerSafe - Safe Room Rebate Program online at Registering ensures you will be considered for the program, but does not guarantee that you will receive a rebate.  A maximum rebate of $2,000 is available per home, not to exceed 75 percent of the actual cost of the safe room.

Source: SoonerSafe web site.


GED records can be obtained from:
Lifelong Learning Section - Adult Education & GED Testing
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd. - Room 115
Oklahoma City OK 73105-4599
Toll Free: (800) 405-0355
Phone: (405) 521-3321

GED records from other states are also available. Contact the Research Center at Central Library for the necessary addresses and phone numbers.  (918) 549-7323

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education.


Metz was the original name of the town of Nowata. It was named after its first postmaster, Fred Metzner. On November 8, 1889, the name of Metz was changed to Nowata. This is from the Delaware word "no-we-ata" meaning welcome.

Source: Oklahoma Place Names, pages 159 and 173. 

According to the Sand Springs Museum staff, the word Sandite was a word that came from the local schools describing the people living in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Source: Sand Springs Museum Staff 

Several years ago, the Tulsa City County Library donated their Sanborn Maps to the Tulsa Historical Society. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the city of Tulsa can be viewed at THS. Contact the Tulsa Historical Society at: 2445 S. Peoria, Tulsa OK 74114. Phone: (918)712-9484.
The Tulsa City County Library does have access to digital Sanborn Maps (1867-1970). These are available from home and all TCCL libraries with a valid library card.

Source: Tulsa City County Library Staff.