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.