You only think you know Sapulpa.

Every week we publish stories of Sapulpa's history, recalling both the events at the time, and the nostalgia for days gone by. Dig in and learn more about what the Sapulpa of yesteryear was like.

Proudly brought to you by the Sapulpa Historical Society Museum

  • This Week in Sapulpa History – First Lady Tours Oklahoma

    This week in history, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt made a trip visit to Creek County as part of a nationwide tour. Read what she said about Bristow, Sapulpa and more inside.

    March 18, 2024
  • This Week in Sapulpa History: What Happened This Week 100 Years Ago?

    Many things took place in Sapulpa 100 years ago this week; School attendance and students made the news, the Sapulpa Junior Chamber of Commerce announces a huge event, and something strange happened to the post office. These headlines kept a highlight of what was going on in the city.

    March 13, 2024
  • This Week in Sapulpa History: The Bovaird Supply Company comes to Sapulpa

    In the beginning of Sapulpa's oil boom, Sapulpa’s oil supply houses were nonexistent, whereas Tulsa had seven supply houses. Then came Bovaird.

    March 1, 2024
  • This Week in Sapulpa History: A Call Box for Safety

    Before telephones were widely available in Sapulpa, the city installed fireboxes all around the community for citizens to alert the fire department.

    February 18, 2024
  • This Week in Sapulpa History: Sapulpa’s Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A.

    Since the Village People came out with that catchy tune in 1978, everyone knows about the YMCA. This week in 1905, Sapulpa's YMCA opened to great fanfare.

    February 14, 2024
  • This Week in Sapulpa History: Heating Up at the Glass Plant

    The Bartlett Collins Glass Plant opened in 1915, but it wasn't long before upset employees went on strike.

    February 8, 2024

Do You Remember Sapulpa?

Stories of days gone by in the town we love.

"Do You Remember" was a weekly column that ran for years in the Sapulpa Times from longtime resident and former Sapulpa Times writer Charles Betzler.

    Do you remember cruising?

    Read about the favorite pastime for a lot of people who grew up in Sapulpa, which included not only drag races for pink slips, but sports like "bushwacking."

    Do You Remember…High School?

    High school was a place where I was no longer a "little kid," but that didn't mean that there weren't hijinks from time to time.

    Do You Remember…Blue Laws?

    Blue Laws, like the one that's up for a vote on Tuesday, have largely been repealed, but a handful of them still exist.

    Do You Remember…George Brite?

    During George Brite's thirty-four-year tenure at SPS, many of his students went on to become accomplished and widely-acclaimed musicians, conductors, and high school band directors.

    Do You Remember The Fourth of Julys of Your Childhood?

    When I was growing up, the Fourth of July meant many things. There were picnics with homemade ice cream, potato salad, watermelon, and BBQ. Flags were flown on just about every front porch. Concerts with stirring patriotic music were held in the courthouse gazebo. But the most enjoyable part of the Fourth of July involved…

    Do You Remember … The Civil Rights Movement?

    For nearly a century after emancipation, black people couldn’t eat at the same restaurants, use the same toilet facilities, stay at the same hotels, go to the same schools as whites, or live in certain places. And then a black woman refused to give up her bus seat and sparked the Civil Rights Movement.

Headlines in Sapulpa History

Every day we publish snippets of stories making headlines in local history. Read the latest.