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OKC Mourns Surprise Demolition of Historic Treasure

What can Tulsa learn from this terrible loss? A request for a demolition permit was filed on Friday, the 23rd of September 2022. Without legal power to deny the request, the City of Oklahoma City approved the permit first thing on Monday morning, the 26th of September. Apparently just minutes later, the destruction began. People […]

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Tulsa Skyride Auction: Planned to Be the End of the Ride?

If all options are being considered for “moving forward” with the skyride, why is the skyride announced to be put up for sale via surplus auction planned for mid-October? Wouldn’t a winning bid represent a commitment to complete the sales transaction? Expo Square’s May 2022 statement indicated, “Any sale will be subject to defined removal […]

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The Tulsa Skyride Completes First Step Toward a Future on the National Register of Historic Places

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Tulsa Skyride Completes First Step Toward a Future on the National Register of Historic Places A family favorite and Tulsa tradition since 1965, the Tulsa State Fair Skyride has been deemed to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office.  This […]

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Why Care About the Skyride During These Tough Times?

Lingering pandemic challenges, rapidly rising prices, shortages, and more: nearly all of us are struggling with most or all of these issues and others. How can you even think about trying to save the Tulsa Skyride when you’re being stressed and strained just to keep your head above water each day? Under circumstances like these, […]

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Don’t Wipe Tulsa Off This Map

Map of all Von Roll skyrides still in the USA Tulsa’s classic Von Roll skyride stands alone in a vast central region of the United States. This map clearly highlights what a unique feature the Tulsa Skyride is for Tulsa and Oklahoma. The nearest neighboring Von Roll skyride is to the north at the Minnesota […]

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Tulsa Skyride Cannot Be Relocated in the USA

To run again anywhere in the United States, the Tulsa Skyride has to run right where it is. Relocation is not an option, except to another country. Relocating a ropeway is considered to be a new installation. All new installations must comply with the current codes and standards that regulate ropeways in the United States. […]

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Tulsa Skyride History Video

Scott Martin is working with the Bell family to make a documentary on the Bell’s Amusement Park story. The upcoming documentary is named Paving Paradise. As part of his work on the documentary, Scott has put together this video about the history of the Tulsa Skyride. The video includes historic footage, including skyride construction scenes, […]

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$450,000 Tulsa Skyride Renovation Completed in 2019

The heavy lifting is now done.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on a major five-year overhaul of the entire skyride system.  This comprehensive skyride renovation was completed in 2019, the last year that the skyride operated. $450,000 were spent from 2015 through 2019 for the renovation which included a major overhaul of the […]

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As Long as the Skyride Is Still Standing a Solution Can Be Found

Published: 2022/05/13Last Modified: 2022/05/19 for clarification. In the post below, this sentence:The previous operator maintains a good relationship with the county officials and Expo Square.was replaced with this sentence to add clarity:The previous operator, Don McClure of DMC Tulsa LLC, maintains a good relationship with the county officials and Expo Square. First, do no harm. […]

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TulsaSkyride.org Dedication: Steve Shelton

This site is dedicated with respect and gratitude in memory of Steve Shelton. Steve Shelton was Mr. Tulsa Skyride.  We didn’t call him that.  But he was definitely Mr. Tulsa Skyride. The Tulsa Skyride was the pride and joy of his career.  He started out working at Bell’s Amusement Park as a teenager. Over the […]