A Link To Alsuma’s Past

“Livin’ on Alsuma time
Livin’ on Alsuma time
Well you know I’ve been through it
When I set my watch back to it
Livin’ on Alsuma time…”

“Living On Tulsa Time”
Originally written by Danny Flowers and first recorded by American country music artist Don Williams.

Please follow this link to Alsuma’s Past.

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An Interview With Jim Hardcastle; Former Resident of Alsuma, Oklahoma.

An Interview With Jim Hardcastle; Former Resident of Alsuma, Oklahoma.

One evening while driving through Alsuma, Oklahoma researching for my chosen assignment about Alsuma I noticed that I was being followed.

After stopping and speaking with the gentleman who was following me and verified who I was not a burglar casing business by confirming who Tulsa Community College’s previous chief of security was.  That along with talking about a Tulsa Police captain we both knew and I was provided with Jim Hardcastle’s phone number.  I established communication with Jim and interviewed him.  What follows is some details which are not part of any record currently recorded.

Alsuma And My Learning Curve.

What I’ve learned.

I have learned to look at the greater scope of the picture before I define and narrow down my topic.  I have enjoyed learning how to take a voice recording and place into along with it pictures of what the topic is covering.  Learning how to better utilize research tools such as different libraries and each their different types of collections and how to access them has been extremely beneficial not only for me in this class but also for future endeavors in my life.  Learning how to build and develop a story has been great not only for this class but also again for my future.  I did not realize there were so many different tools available for creating stories and ways for archiving them.  This course has taught me that even though I am familiar with several formats on which to work, there are also other options open to assist me.  Most especially I am grateful for the opportunity of being able to learn about Alsuma and what some the functions which happened in the town were.

Hello. I Am Looking For Alsuma. Do Know Her?

Taking pictures for this project has been the easy part to this point.  Stand, point, and shoot makes the picture part of this project easy.  Gathering pertinent details that are accurate and relevant has been the difficult part to this point.  One person who has relatives who lived in the area of Alsuma said he never received the three e-mails I have sent him to this point in the project.  Message delivery says that his e-mailbox received the e-mails to the address I sent them to.  I verified the address with the Tulsa Community College e-mail list of teachers.  Through placing four phone calls to both his work number and his cell number which he provided me weeks ago we have spoken on several occasions.  Each time he has told me that his relative is interested and that he would get back with me to arrange the interview to no fruition.  Two other possible sources do not want to talk anymore as they have a reluctance to the story turning into a “race thing” even with my reassurance to the contrary.

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            I have searched survey records, library records, fire records, airport, and airplane records; all to no avail with any information.  I want to know about what made the community a community.  The lifeblood that coursed through the vibrancy of a community is what I have been searching for.  A continuation in the history which created Tulsa.

I have completed one interview successfully and with an invitation to return for more conversation.  We are also planning a drive through Alsuma both for a memory trigger for Jim Hardcastle as well as for me to learn more about the locations of stores, churches, and adding to my growing list of names who lived there when Mr. Hardcastle lived there in the late 1930’s and into the early 1950’s.

The archives hold stories which seem to have perpetuated themselves as they are told with and without personal knowledge or actuality.  The information has not changed, neither has place; rather it is slowing ebbing away before greater detail can be fleshed out.  Time will tell whether or not the story broadens out into a story into the days of life for Alsuma.

Alsuma, Creek Nation, Indian Territory

I invite you to http://www.myhistro.com/embed-story/235290?header=1“>Alsuma, Creek Nation, Indian Territory” I have had some difficulty with attaching the URL and have modified this blog several times. Having done this before on this and other blog formats successfully, this is a new challenge. (Amendment to blog-testing linkage again. <a href=”http://http://www.myhistro.com/embed-story/235290?header=1” target=”_blank”> I have attempted linking this cleanly from a modified Windows 7 Pro., a Lonovo Thinkpad with Windows 8, and a Windows XP, and here are the newest results. 11:26 29 Oct. ’15)

I have been having trouble getting pictures to upload. Waiting for an email telling me they have attached to MyHistro

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Last Guard.

Alsuma, Oklahoma and Infographics

Throughout my current research into historical evidence of the existence of Alsuma, Oklahoma; its relevance in Tulsa and Oklahoma history, let alone Indian Territory history; there have been no discovery of infographics from which to necessitate any ponderance. Mine has been an exploration with little info and no graphics lest they are to be generated by me.
Of course I enjoy Okiehomie’s Blog because of the visual graphic’s progression; which for train affectionados is a drawing mechanism into the information provided. As a train buff personally, it’s a little sad to see the decline as it also follows economic and industrial decline and population center shifts.
Amtrak’s infographics seems cluttered with no real initial focal point and minimal color; which might work in a avantgarde film composition but doesn’t seem too effective here. There is so much info and the graphics which are squeezed together, that there is no advertising hook. This infographic doesn’t convey any meaning or catch phrase which inspires. As a 35,000+ mile Amtrak traveler, I have been dismayed for years that Amtrak’s advertising, commercials, infographics, etc. adnauseum; continue to have no focus and this display of infographics furthers my feelings. Great article Okiehomie.

Alsuma’s Place In Time; A Town On A Map.

Detailed survey map of Alsuma, Oklahoma 1955.
Detailed survey map of Alsuma, Oklahoma 1955.

This map of Alsuma, Oklahoma is a very useful tool in disproving the content of articles I have read so far about Alsuma.  The accounts which I have read say that the blacks lived South of the railroad tracks and the whites to the North of them.  This map from the U.S. Geological Survey map from 1955 shows most of Alsuma’s structures as being North of the railroad tracks.  This map will be useful when I conduct my field interviews.  I will enlarge and copy this image and have it with me to provide greater detail.  I am hoping the memory rehearsal of seeing the detail of the area will aid in their recollections.

This data could be useful if you were “friends” with a well-connected political official and knew that city maps of Tulsa already had in 1955 what would become the Mingo Valley Expressway A.K.A. Highway 169.  With that information land could be purchased cheaply as an investment which would pay off guaranteed within a few short years.  The Mingo Valley Expressway terminated at 51st Street for several years before it eventually was completed.  The area there grew quickly.

I will pin the Tulsa City map on the history pin to provide comparison with this map which I will also pin there.