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Tulsa's Haunted Memories

By Teri French

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Format: Paperback, 159 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 13 October 2010
Welcome to a window into the past. Tulsa's Haunted Memories explores the forgotten history and lost folklore of "America's Most Beautiful City." Tulsa's haunting history will captivate the reader with the secrets it holds from its intriguing past. Mystery and mystique follow Tulsa's urban legends and prove that truth can be stranger than fiction. Once known as the oil capital of the world, its streets were not only lined in "Black Gold," but also tales of a time when ruthlessness and lawlessness ruled the city. Discover these places and stories that have left their ghostly impressions on Tulsa.

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Title: Tulsa's most haunted Author: James D. Watts Jr. Publisher: World Scene Date: 12/15/2010 Ghost stories have long been a part of Christmas celebrations -- even getting a mention in "It's the Most Wonderful Time in the World." Tulsan Teri French has been investigating Tulsa's homegrown ghost stories for almost a decade, through her work as leader of the Paranormal Investigation Team of Tulsa and Tulsa Spirit Tours. She's gathered a number of those stories into a new book, "Tulsa's Haunted Memories" (Arcadia, $24.99). French will be discussing Tulsa's spookiest locales and signing copies of her book at an event 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria Ave. French started working on the book about eight years ago, after she became interested in learning more about those things people claim have gone bump in the night. "It came out of the research that I did for our investigations," French said. "A friend of mine and I started working on it, but we put it away for a while. Then a couple of years ago, I got a call from Arcadia Publishing, which was starting a series of books about haunted places, and they wanted to include Tulsa in the series." Arcadia has published about a dozen books that deal with Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma history, including "Baseball in Tulsa" and "Tulsa: Where the Streets Were Paved with Gold." French's interest in the paranormal began when she happened to snap a Polaroid image at the place she was working at the time, and captured something she couldn't explain. As she searched, she learned about a group in Oklahoma City that did ghost hunting. "But there wasn't a group in Tulsa doing this, so I decided to start my own," she said. "However, paranormal investigation is a very expensive hobby, so I came up with the idea of doing a 'Spirit Tour' as a way to raise money to buy the equipment we needed." French thought she would do a single tour, but interest was so great that it has become a side business. Tulsa Spirit Tours typically take place in the fall around Halloween. "We'll do tours every weekend in October," she said. "Sometimes, we've started the tours as early as August, and gone into November." All of the places French takes tour patrons to are included in "Tulsa's Haunted Places." "Of course, I go into a lot more detail, and cover a lot more locations, in the book," French said. The book includes chapters on Tulsa mansion, theaters and music venues, local cemeteries, coffee shops and bars, schools, even "Tulsa's Ghostly Suburbs." "I really wrote this book to educate people about the city," French said. "So many cities have ghost tours, and it's a subject that has become extremely popular. I want my book to draw some attention to Tulsa, and show people how cool this city and its history is." Much of the work Teri French and the Paranormal Investigation Team of Tulsa does is to find logical explanations for the unusual things people claim to have seen and heard. "Most of the time, there is a logical explanation for what might seem to be a paranormal phenomenon," French said. "It's very, very rare when we can't find a down-to-earth reason for what's been happening. And those are the times that give us all a thrill." Some of the places where French and her team found such a thrill are: The Gilcrease House: "By far, this is the most haunted place, to go by the number of things experienced by a number of very credible people. It's one of the few places the team decided to leave early because of what we experienced there." Woodward Park: "We've heard a whole lot of odd stories about unexplained things people have experienced here." The building at the corner of Main and Brady Streets, formerly Lola's: "It's sad that place is closed now, because there were some fascinating things there." Other locales with a deservedly spooky reputation are The Brady Theater, the Tulsa Garden Center and Tulsa Little Theater.

EAN: 9780738583877
ISBN: 0738583871
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Dimensions: 23.39 x 16.79 x 0.94 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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