Journey to the Center of the Universe … in Oklahoma

January 3, 2008

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For those of you who were wondering where the center of the universe actually resides you can finally rest in peace.  The Center of the Universe is in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Located on the Boston Ave pedestrian overpass between 1st and Archer street this is truly a treat for anyone who ventures to find it.  Coming from either side of this railroad overpass, you can follow a brick path that leads strait to a brick circle that is located directly over the tracks.  When standing on this spot you can make any sound that you like and it will echo in your ears.  What is so amazing is that no one outside the circle can hear it, no one outside the circle sounds like they are echoing to you in the circle and there are no serfaces near enough to the circle to produce an echo.  Fun stuff.  Its free and you can go there any time of day.

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Also, near the Center of the Universe are a wonderful statue called Artificial Cloud by Robert Haozous, the beautiful art deco (former) train station and the BOK Tower which is the tallest building, not only in Oklahoma, but “in any of the five ‘Plains States': Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as the surrounding states of Missouri, Arkansas and New Mexico.” according to Wikipedia .  Though I can’t find any source, the BOK Tower is rumored to be a 52 floor scale replica of the late great World Trade Center (even though it is only one tower).  It was in fact designed by Minoru Yamasaki & Associates who also designed the Twin Towers.

Also, just on the other side of the Center of the Universe is one of Tulsa’s cultural districts called the Brady District which contains Tulsa’s two largest music venues (the famous Cain’s Ballroom and the Brady Theater), a sprinkeling of art galleries, and the only glass blowing studio in Tulsa (Tulsa Gathering Place).  You should maybe check it out.

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15 Responses to “Journey to the Center of the Universe … in Oklahoma”

  1. livingontulsatime said

    The center of the universe is known? Well that’s one less thing to worry about.

  2. I have lived in Tulsa my entire life….. I have NEVER heard of this…. Really Cool!!! I’m gonna have to go check it out now. :)

  3. The true center of the Universe lies in Southeast Brazil´s, in a supertown named Sabará City…from where came all flying saucers reported until now.

  4. I know what I’ll be doing soon.

  5. [...] think the Center of the Universe was in Tulsa? I was surprised when I found out, [...]

  6. Finally went with a friend yesterday, cool!!

  7. i went there yesterday and it was very interesting! i would recommend going if you haven’t.

  8. totally cool! fun thing to do~

  9. [...] danced, we played with a monkey marionette, took fun photos, recorded a few videos, and even stood in the center of the universe. Check out facebook for all of it. Thank you Marcus (Carnival Epsilon) for inviting us and we hope [...]

  10. I had never heard of this until in a company meeting at Miss Jackson’s in Utica Square. I shall now travel to the Center of the Universe with Nick and see what it’s all about! Pretty cool. ;D

  11. Well, I knew Tulsa was the center of my universe but It’s cool to find out it is the center of THE universe. Go check it out. It is really strange how it works and there is no explanation as to how it works.

  12. The whole family went there yesterday,it really is amazing! I shouted “Hello” and it came echoing back at me from every angle,the others couldn’t hear the echo!We were lucky enough to be there at the same time as a lady who sang,she had an amazing voice and said the acoustic’s were brilliant!!

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