Ralston, Oklahoma History

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"This information was gathered from various sites throughout the Internet. The numbers behind the sentences correspond to the web page I got the information from during my research. It is a conglomeration of information that has it's resources on the corresponding webpages. Please visit those web pages as the people there have done hard work in making history more available to all of us.

Paul Reeves

At the bottom of the page are 'Places of Interest' where I have captured some of the history of the local area.

Once thought to be Tulsa's rival for commercial success and prominence in the arts, Ralston's success and artistic expression are now tied to the 1902 Harry Brothers Opera House in downtown Ralston. The newly renovated theater, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, still showcases local talent and nearby college performing arts groups. [1]

Ralston Opera House - Main Street Once hosting legendary turn-of-the-century stars, the Ralston Opera House lay in ruin and decay for more than 60 years when a Tulsa-based historical restoration company known as Riverside Parkway began a massive renovation project. Spending more than $400,000, the company refitted and refinished floor boards and "mined" old theater seats from under more than a half-century of pigeon litter. The once ornate advertising curtain was recreated using only an old photograph. Today the curtain hangs above the stage, a marvelous testament to teamwork and historical preservation. Although constructed shortly after the turn of the century, the original builders designed the opera house to be acoustically correct and it remains so today. If someone is available in the store below, the Opera House will be unlocked for viewing by those interested.[1]

First National Bank of Ralston - Main StreetThe bank building was built in 1902 and housed the bank on the ground floor and the telephone office on the second floor. The building set empty for many years until the First State Bank of Fairfax restored the building and the ground floor is now the Ralston Branch of the First State Bank. The bank today has been restored to what it once was and has many historical items of interest.[1]



Places of Interest:

The Whitehair MemorialThe WHITE HAIR MEMORIAL is dedicated to the history and future of the Osage Indians. The White Hair Memorial is tucked away in a secluded grassy area one half-mile off Highway 20 between Hominy and Fairfax. With special arrangements, an Indian Feast and presentation on Osage culture by Osage elders are available.

Preserving the culture of the Osage tribe was the intent of Mrs. Lillie Morrel Burkhart, the first woman to be nominated to the Osage Tribal Council and a descendant of Chief Pawhuska, who bequeathed her estate to the Oklahoma State Historical Society more than 30 years ago.

The memorial is housed in Mrs. Burkhart's beautiful and well-maintained home and is equipped with the latest technology for preserving and presenting information on the Osage People.[1]

Ribbonwork and other cultural items are on display.

Donations accepted

Hours: By appointment, Tues thru Fri & Sat 
Closed state holidays
Group tours by arrangement; handicapped
accessible; motorcoach parking.

© Lord Gazmuth 2012