“Tulsa's most popular horticultural attraction”
Tulsa's most popular horticultural attraction is located at 21st Street and Peoria in the heart of historic Mapleridge. In 1909 the isolated tract of land, accessible only by wagon trails, was condemned by the city for a park site. At that time it was considered "too far out in the country" and early Tulsans considered the purchase price of $100 per acre a foolish move and doubted that the 45-acre site would ever be a valuable asset. Known as the Perryman's Pasture, it had earlier been a portion of a 160-acre allotment given to Helen Woodward, a Creek Indian, by the Five Civilized Tribes Indian Commission. In 1909 the City of Tulsa acquired the property from Hellen's father, Herbert E Woodward. Hellen was a minor, age fourteen, when the land deal was made. Herbert had acted as her guardian and sold the property without her consent. In 1925 Hellen Woodward Slemp (Mrs. S. H. Slemp) decided to test the sale of her allotment. It became the subject of litigation in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. After four years of court battle, Mrs. Slemp lost her case to the City of Tulsa.
I live in Tulsa and go to this park all the time. It never gets old, always so beautiful. There are some fun trees that dome over at the bottom you can crawl into and smoke. There are squirrels all over the place too!
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