Monday, August 10, 2009

The Blue Dome Station

313 East 2nd Street, (2nd and Elgin)
The White Star Gulf Station (photo courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society)

The Blue Dome was built in 1924 and served as the White Star Gulf Oil Station. This was the first station in Oklahoma to have hot water, pressurized air and a car wash. It was also open 24 hours, seven days a week. The station attendant lived upstairs in the dome itself. It is now the icon for a downtown Tulsa neighborhood.

The small arcade next to the dome is now enclosed and serves as the home for Arnie's Bar. Across the street is the Blue Dome Diner where my son Luke makes the world's finest walnut blueberry pancakes.


  1. I've known the blue dome has been there for some time. Thanks for explaining the history.

    I'm going to try some of the pancakes!

  2. What is the address of the Blue Dome building?

  3. 202 Elgin, according to Google Maps

  4. This is amazing, and thank you for sharing the good history of this Blue Dome.