Friday, July 17, 2009

Tulsa National Guard Armory, 1942


3902 East 15th Street


Like most of Oklahoma's National Guard Armories Tulsa's was a WPA project. It is the second largest armory in the state and was built from native stone. The Oklahoma National Guard has a newer facility on North Mingo and no longer uses this facility. The ownership went back to the city of Tulsa and it has been used for a number of things. There was an earlier plan to demolish it to clear fairgrounds space for something else. The resulting public outcry has persuaded the city council to cancel those plans and a number of possible uses are being considered. The cavernous open space of the main structure could be host to any number of events. I remember taking my dog there for obedience training back in 1966.

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  1. We went to at least one and maybe more University of Tulsa basketball games in the Armory in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

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  2. Former HQ of 1st Battalion 279th Infantry Regiment (1-279 Inf) of the 45th Infantry Brigade up till about the early 1990s or thereabouts when they vacated and moved their HQ to Bartlesville and the remaining companies to Sand Springs, iirc. Many fond memories -- and not so fond -- attending ARNG drills here as a young 11B assigned to Scout Platoon from 1988-91.

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