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