The Tulsa River SC
"The Tulsa River" is a book of stories, with 110 full-color photos, about the legend and lore of the Arkansas River at Tulsa. Former Mayor Robert J. LaFortune, also known as the grandfather of River Parks, wrote the foreword for the book. "The Tulsa River tells the story of our city's struggle to live in harmony with our river, which lured mankind to this spot on earth, shaped our town, occasionally terrorized and often sustained us, and promises to gather our diverse peoples together," author Ann Patton said. "We spent two years living with and learning about our river, and the more we learned, the more there was to explore and understand. This book is, simply, a labor of love for our river and our community." It's a natural and civic story of the river from its beginning millions of years ago in snow packs of the Colorado Rockies, as the river carved its way through the now-buried Tulsa Mountains and found its way to the Mississippi River in Arkansas. The story ends with the promise of A Gathering Place and River Parks, with Tulsans describing their diverse ideas for the future. "Frankly, this has been an adventure - to see if it is possible to do a coffee-table-style book with an abundance of passion but no budget," Patton said.