A Visit to My Childhood Home in the Memorial Estates neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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A Visit to My Childhood Home in the Memorial Estates neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Recently, our friend Jason Crouch at Active Rain ran a contest inviting folks to write about their childhood home.  I decided it sounded like a fun project, so I dove in and wrote about my home in the Memorial Estates neighborhood in Tulsa.  This neighborhood was a hopping place when I was a kid in the early 70's.  The school was a cutting edge building, the houses was pretty new and the trees were still on the small side.

After writing my blog, I decided to go back and visit the old Memorial Estates neighborhood.  I hadn't been there in sometime and I missed the place.  So I went back and took some pictures of the places I wrote about and described.

Here's the neighborhood today...

First, we begin with my childhood home.  You can see the gas yard light is still there.My childhood home in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Here's a view of 38th street where we kids would ride our bikes and spend hours playing.  It's also the street where the guy would drive his VW bug pulling the kids in the winter time.  This was a main "cut through" through the Memorial Estates subdivision, but it was a safe place to ride a bike and be a kid.

My old street

It's hard to see the building, but this is Robert Fulton Elementary school.  It's a teacher's academy today.  This school served the entire Memorial Estates neighborhood.  Today the kids attend Skelly elementary.

Robert Fulton Elementary School

Ah, summertime in Tulsa!  Like the picture says...we would ride our bikes here to go swimming.  We loved this place!  This was one of two Memorial Estates neighborhood pools.  The other one, called Longview Estates is now gone.  It may be that the neighborhood was actually called Longview Estates too and I just don't know it!  (The research I did indicated it was Memorial Estates).

Briarwood Pool in Tulsa, Oklahoma

This is Ronnie's house today.  You can see the cul-de-sac we pulled into where the water wasn't running so high.  Ronnie actually lived closer to Skelly elementary (which was a Junior High school at the time).

Ronnie's House in Tulsa, Oklahoma

And here's the street where we tried to get out of the neighborhood.  I've tried to show you about how high the water was.  When we came out of the cul-de-sac, his mom tried to turn left (heading towards where I stood to take the picture).  Instead, we ended up going the other way, down the street.  Ronnie and I ended up in one of the houses down on the left.  I'm not sure now which one it was.

The Tulsa Flood in the early 70's

And last but not least, the infamous creek.  I promise you...it didn't look a thing like this back in the early 70's.  It was a winding creek with dirt banks and lots of shady trees...a perfect place for a couple of boys in the summer time to have adventures galore!

Creek in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Now that you've seen the pictures, you might want to read the original story.  If so, click the link below.

Memories of My Childhood Home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

You'll read about Ronnie and the Grundies and the Pettys and some of the adventures that kids in the early 70's were able to experience and enjoy growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As for me, I now feel the need to try to find some original pictures of the places you've seen today.  It's off to find that old shoebox of photos.  Give me some time and I'll see if I can't take you back to how the old place looked back in a younger and for me, much more innocent time.

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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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So, it is like a journey after journey. First in your memory, now physically. Watcing the photos, it looks like a nice place.

Aug 28, 2009 01:57 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing your memories. I revisited my old neighborhood and was depressed by the current condition of the homes in the area.

Aug 28, 2009 02:02 AM #2
Daniel Button
Chevy Chase, MD


Going back through our history is a great way to remember how we got were we are today and about all the good times.

Aug 28, 2009 05:08 AM #3
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

The last thing I would ever want to do is write about the neighborhood where I grew up. Well, unless someone paid me big time bucks -- LOL.

Aug 28, 2009 10:27 AM #4
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

Jim, why is that?

Aug 28, 2009 11:51 AM #5
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

Thanks Judi! 

Aug 29, 2009 03:22 AM #7
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

I recently took my family back to the neighborhood I grew up in, its always fun to visit childhood memories.

Aug 30, 2009 01:06 AM #8
Brian Eddins
Don Cies Real Estate - Norman, OK
e-Pro, GRI

Great post. I know Jason Crouch. He was my old Broker when I lived in Austin. Great guy. It is nice to get nostalgic about our past. especially when it is about happy times.

Sep 13, 2009 05:39 PM #9
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Looks like a nice place to grow up. My son is at the University of Tulsa and the town reminds me a LOT of Austin in the early 70's.

Nov 19, 2009 04:57 AM #10
Karen Dawson

Loved your story! We share many of the same memories. I grew up in Longview. Thank you for posting.

Jun 26, 2017 06:30 AM #11
Karen (Riley) Bramlish

I lived at 7145 east 31st in the 70’s and attended Robert Fulton Elem for a few years before my family moved to Georgia. I remember that pool!!! Riding bikes through the neighborhood! Great memories! I was online today to try to google a photo of the school to show my kids and came across this site - so glad to see the pool photo! It seemed so much bigger back then.

Feb 19, 2018 07:15 AM #12
Karen (Riley) Bramlish

Correction - it was 8150 east 31st street, Tulsa OK

Feb 19, 2018 07:17 AM #13
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