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June 24th, 2015
Nelson F. Carr settles in the area and builds a trading post and sawmill on the Caney River.
Carr cuts a millrace at the bend of the Caney River and builds a grist mill, powered by water, for grinding corn into cornmeal.
Jacob H. Bartles settles in the Silverlake area.
Bartles moves to Turkey Creek where he operates a trading post and the first post office. The Delaware Baptist Church and School, a subscription school, is built.
Bartles purchases the gristmill and blacksmith shop from Carr for $1000.
Bartles enlarges the mill and converts it to the grinding of wheat for flour.
Bartles builds a store, with the family home on the second floor, north of the mill.
William Johnstone and George B. Keeler, both former clerks in Bartles' store, establish a general merchandise store on the south side of the Caney River.
The first electric light system is established by Bartles on the north side of the Caney River.
The first newspaper, the
Bartlesville is incorporated as a city with a population of 200. The first commercial oil well in Oklahoma, the Nellie Johnstone No. 1, is drilled on April 15
The National Hotel, later known as the Right Way Hotel, opens for business.
Keeler builds the town's first stone building at the northwest corner of Second Street and Johnstone Avenue.
The Oklah Theater is built.
One of the town's earliest industries, Crystal Ice and Storage Company, is built. The Vitrified Brick Plant opens for business, producing 50,000 bricks a day.
The Great Western Glass Company is established
Garfield School is erected.
A 15 bed hospital is built.
Bartlesville Zinc Company and National Zinc Company are constructed.
Frank Griggs, photographer, arrives in Bartlesville
The City Hall and Fire Department is built at the northwest corner of Fourth and Dewey Streets.
Bartlesville Country Club (later known as Oak Hill Country Club) is organized.
Douglass School building is erected. St. John Catholic School is established. The first Boy Scout troop is organized.
Bartlesville's first public library opens with approximately 300 books.
Bartlesville becomes the first town in the state to establish a junior high school.
Phillips Petroleum Company is incorporated with 27 employees.
The Bureau of Mines is established.
H. C. Price opens a small electric welding shop which becomes the H. C. Price Company.
The American Legion baseball team is formed.
On May 24, the Seventh Street Bridge is dedicated to the men and women of Washington County who served in World War I.
Armais Arutunoff, inventor of the submergible electrical pump and motor, moves to Bartlesville.
H. V. Foster, president of the Indian Territory Illuminating Oil Company, builds his town home, "La Quinta."
REDA Pump is organized by Arutunoff. The first Garden Club is established.
Wiley Post, wearing the first space suit, makes the first stratospheric flight.
The Senior High School and Junior College, commonly called
Cities Service Company becomes a major oil company with the purchase of I.T.I.O. for $70 million.
REDA employees make aircraft parts under World War II defense contracts.
The S. S. Bartlesville Victory ship is christened.
Hilltop Drive-In opens on Nowata Road,
The city celebrates 50 years of existence with a parade and commemorative currency.
The Westside Community Center Association is founded.
The Hulah Dam is completed.
Jane Phillips hospital is dedicated.
Phillips Petroleum Company develops and introduces the industry's first all-season motor oil.
The Price Tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is completed.
Douglass School goes from 12 to 8 grades as integration of the school system begins.
Work begins on Sooner Park and Adams Municipal Golf Course.
Bartlesville is named the
Eastland Shopping Mall is constructed.
Sooner High School holds its first classes. (See photo.) Bartlesville is the only city in Oklahoma to endorse Daylight Savings Time.
Tri-County Vocational Technical School opens. Cities Service announces plans to move its operations and 900 employees to Tulsa.
The Bartlesville Civic Ballet gives its first performance.
The last passenger train leaves Bartlesville. Douglass School closes.
Bartlesville completes its United States Bicentennial project with the opening of Pathfinder Parkway.
The ultra-modern Bartlesville Community Center opens.
On August 29, Bartlesville reaches the highest temperature in the state, 111 degrees.
Washington Park Mall opens. In December, T. Boone Pickens makes a hostile takeover attempt on Phillips Petroleum Company.
The premiere season for the OK Mozart International Festival.
The Caney River crests at a record high of 29 feet above normal on October 4.
Indian Summer begins as an annual celebration of the city's Native American heritage.
The new Bartlesville Public Library and History Museum dedicated.
The First Fantasy Land Forest lights up Johnstone Park.
I.T.I.O., once one of the most prominent oil companies in Bartlesville, returns as a downtown shopping mall.
A hundred years in the making, Bartlesville celebrates its' Centennial!
Bartlesville History Musuem built
Conoco and Phillips merge to form ConocoPhillips