Nicknamed the City Without Limits, Owasso is a city situated in Rogers and Tulsa Counties in Oklahoma. Owasso is a suburb of Tulsa located on the northern side of the larger city. This urban area has a population of over 33,000 people, which indicates a growth of approximately 5,000 people in just over four years.
Owasso was settled in 1881 in Indian Territory. It was originally a portion of the Cherokee Nation. The settlement was first called Elm Creek when H.T. (Tole) Richardson settled it. By the time the railroad extension into the area was planned in 1893, there was a general store, a blacksmith shop and several residences in Elm Creek. The post office opened in 1898 inside the general store.
When the right of way for the railroad extension was acquired in 1897, it ran slightly northwest of the original Elm Creek settlement. After a depot was built near the railroad right of way, the blacksmith shop moved from the original Elm Creek settlement to the new railroad community. Other businesses and residents soon followed. When the general store moved, the post office moved as well, thus moving the Elm Creek name.
The railroad to Elm Creek was finished in 1899, and the name of the community was changed to Owasso. Owasso is an Osage Indian word that means "turn around" or "the end of the trail". The community adopted the name because of the way the rail line ended at the depot. When the post office changed its name from Elm Creek to Owasso in January of 1900, the community's name was officially changed.
The public school system in Owasso is one of the largest in the state of Oklahoma. The system serves the city of Owasso as well as parts of Tulsa and Rogers Counties. The system has eight elementary schools, a 6th Grade Center, a 7th Grade Center, an 8th Grade Center, Owasso High School and a facility known as the Owasso Ram Academy to total fourteen instructional facilities. In addition to the fourteen public school sites in Owasso, there are several private school options available.
Things to Do
Like most cities, Owasso offers a diverse selection of activities. There are lakes and parks for outdoor enthusiasts. Skateboarding and roller skating facilities are available for family fun as are bowling lanes and a paintball field. There are golf courses, indoor soccer, and sports complex as well as a YMCA for those who desire to participate in sporting activities. For the more artistically inclined individuals, there is a paint and sip studio that offers painting classes, and there is also a community theater company for those who are interested in dramatic productions. The Knitting Nook has classes available for fabric artists.
Dinner and a movie are a traditional pairing for a night out with friends or a date. Owasso has a 12 screen theater to accommodate moviegoers. Diners can enjoy offerings from national establishments as well as local fare. The cuisine choices range from American to Asian to Italian to Hispanic with offerings from fast food to nicer dining establishments.
The city of Owasso hosts several events designed to promote a sense of community within the city. For the Fourth of July, Owasso has a Red, White and Boom festival complete with fireworks. In October, there is a harvest festival that includes competitions, vendors, food trucks, and other family-friendly activities. Veterans events, a Christmas parade and a spring festival hosted by the Owasso Garden Club are other events individuals can enjoy in Owasso. Proceeds from the Garden Club's spring festival fund beautification projects around the city as well as a scholarship for an Owasso High School senior.
The city encourages neighborhoods to host block parties to facilitate a sense of camaraderie and belonging among neighbors. The parties are also designed to facilitate strength and safety among Owasso neighborhoods. They can be simple backyard barbecues or elaborate events with blow-up play areas, magicians, clowns, relay races or other family-friendly activities.
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