This interesting little area is not 5 minutes away from our house. Today is grey and rather dreary but I took some pictures to share. It is really beautiful when the plants are green but it is still a nice area. Besides, my new camera came with some clever software that allows me to stitch several photos together in a panorama and I wanted to try that out.
Swan Lake is a historic district in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Its borders consist of 15th Street to the North, Utica Street to the East, 21st Street to the South, and Peoria Avenue to the west.
At one time, Spring-fed Orcutt Lake was the watering hole for a ranch belonging to Colonel A. D. Orcutt, a member of Oklahoma's first legislature. In 1908, a group of developers led by Colonel Orcutt's son, Samuel A. Orcutt, purchased 25 acres (100,000 m2) in Orcutt Addition to build a park and an artificial lake. An amusement park, built by the lake in 1910, marked the end of the trolley line. Other park facilities included an enclosed dance pavilion, a swimming pool, and, later, a roller-coaster. There is no trace of any of this today. By 1917, Orcutt Lake Amusement Park had become a residential area and was renamed Swan Lake.
Two-story houses built around the lake from 1919 to the present represent a variety of architectural styles including Spanish, Georgian Revival and various interpretations honoring the swan. The remainder of the neighborhood is similar in scale. The Swan Lake area has more two- and three-story, 1920 to 1930 multi-family apartments and duplexes than any other residential area in Tulsa.
From time to time the lake is populated by swans, although they don't thrive here naturally. At the moment no swans are resident. although a number of ducks and geese have settled here.