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Old 05-22-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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What is the most unique town in northeastern Oklahoma? I know that for many, amish communities will come to mind immediately, but I am thinking more in terms of mainstream culture. Also, I know that this is a particularly beautiful area, with lots to offer in terms of scenery and recreation but for the purpose of this thread, I'm more interested in learning about unique community characteristics, people and attitudes; dare I say, a place you might be tempted to call progressive or even funky. Please be sure and tell me why the town you suggest is unique.
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Pawhuska is my favorite. Osage history and the Tall Grass Prairie.
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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I would pick Bartlesville because the high height of its downtown towers are unusual for a small or kinda small Oklahoma town, especially the Price Tower, the only high rise ever constructed that famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed. There's a lot of culture in the architecture in Bartlesville. For an additional example, the community center there is stunning.
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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Pawhuska is my favorite. Osage history and the Tall Grass Prairie.
Thank you for reinforcing my impression, Lasomeday. Pawhuska was barely on my radar when I began this search but once I started reading about it, it has quickly become a finalist....Now, if there were only jobs there....
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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I would pick Bartlesville because the high height of its downtown towers are unusual for a small or kinda small Oklahoma town, especially the Price Tower, the only high rise ever constructed that famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed. There's a lot of culture in the architecture in Bartlesville. For an additional example, the community center there is stunning.
Yes, in terms of architecture, Bartlesville is definitely unique and really one-of-a-kind. In learning about Bartlesville, what stood out to me was a combination of cleanliness, upscale appearance and atmosphere, as well as consistent maintenance of that appearance, lots of trails for walking and running, and plenty of land dedicated recreation within the city.

Currently, Bartlesville is number three on my list of places in Oklahoma I'd like to live and will rise or fall based on what I learn about it and the other frontrunners, going forward. My biggest concern about Bartlesville is perhaps, due to the perpetuation of an invalid stereotype on my part, having never been there. Specifically, sometimes communities which are upscale also include a prevailing attitude among the majority, or most vocal, of the population that they are somehow better than others and must constantly remind everyone of this with their overbearing behavior. Ironically, folks who are truly wealthy, affluent and sucessful are also secure enough not to have to rub everyone else's nose in it constantly. It is the wannabes, those in the upper middle in terms of income, who can be the most obnoxious in this regard. You'll observe them talking down to store clerks, waiters, etc., and trying to make a spectacle of being hard-to-please, demanding and difficult. Their personal and family relationships are often a disaster because they are compelled to constantly compete and measure themselves with others and I assure you, that is a deadend road. Of course, people of this sort exist at every economic strata but when you get a large number of them together, vying against everyone else to prove that they have arrived and belong in an upscale community, it can make for a very depressing social atmosphere. I live within 15 miles of a place like this now and completely avoid it altogether, though it is a visually, beautiful place.

So I'm wondering, is Bartlesville an upscale community of mostly secure, fulfilled, generally kind and respectful people, or has competitiveness and petty jealousy choked the enjoyment out of living in this community? Sincere thanks to all who respond to this question.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Well, my guess that Bartlesville has been humbled enough by all the downsizing and layoffs in its past by Phillips Petroleum, now known as Conoco-Phillips. I think at one time as many as 10,000 worked for Phillips there.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:38 PM
 
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Good point. I hadn't thought of that.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I'm picking Tahlequah because of it's history and enmeshing with the Cherokee tribe from the time of relocation to the present day. The history of president John Ross and Elias Boudinot from their days in Western North Carolina to the tragic end in Park Hill (outside of Tahlequah) after removal is absolutely fascinating.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:00 PM
 
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It's very hard to pick just one, but yep, Tahlequah holds the number 1 spot on my list, right now.
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