Oklahoma has a rich and fascinating history. As the most Oklahoma-proud apartments in Moore, we love sharing historical tidbits with you whenever we can. Of all the ways the team here at 35 West’s Moore apartments geeks out on history, our favorite source for random and intriguing info has to be Blog Oklahoma’s Exploring Oklahoma History Page. Their ‘This Day in Oklahoma History’ section offers fascinating historical facts for every month of the year.
Check out our top three notable events from this month in Oklahoma history, courtesy of Exploring Oklahoma History and your old friends at 35 West’s apartments in Moore.
June 4, 1937
The first shopping cart was introduced on this day by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City. This fact was especially fun since no one here at 35’s Moore apartments knew shopping carts originated in the Sooner state. According to Wikipedia, Goldman debuted the new device at his chain of Humpty Dumpty supermarkets. With the assistance of a mechanic named Fred Young, Goldman constructed the first shopping cart, basing his design on that of a wooden folding chair. They built it with a metal frame and added wheels and wire baskets. Another mechanic, Arthur Kosted, developed a method to mass-produce the carts with an assembly line capable of forming and welding the wire. The cart was awarded a U.S. patent on April 9, 1940, titled, “Folding Basket Carriage for Self-Service Stores.” The shopping cart did not catch on immediately as men found them effeminate and women found them suggestive of a baby carriage. It wasn’t until Goldman hired several male and female models to push his new invention around the store and demonstrate their utility as well as greeters to explain their use that his folding-style shopping carts became extremely popular. Goldman became a multimillionaire by collecting a royalty on every folding design shopping cart in the United States. Goldman also eventually licensed and manufactured the more familiar and modern “nesting cart.”
June 15, 1957
On this day in Oklahoma history, a brand new gold and white 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe, nicknamed Miss Belvedere, was buried in a time capsule in downtown Tulsa, OK. The time capsule was part of Golden Jubilee Week: Tulsa’s celebration of Oklahoma’s semi-centennial. The car was buried under the sidewalk in front of the Tulsa County Courthouse, approximately 100 feet north of the intersection of Sixth Street and Denver Avenue. Miss Belvedere was unearthed on June 14, 2007, during the state’s centennial celebration and was publicly unveiled on June 15, 2007. In line with the Cold War realities of late 1950s America, the concrete enclosure was advertised as having been built to withstand a nuclear attack. Unfortunately, the enclosure was not airtight and allowed water to leak in, which caused significant damage to the vehicle, according to Wikipedia. Several of us here at 35’s apartments in Moore remember being bummed out when that 2007 unveiling ceremony revealed a rusted out mess instead of a pristine classic cruiser. Miss Belvedere spent the next seven years undergoing restoration in the New Jersey shop of Dwight Foster, a rust removal specialist. Foster spent that time coaxing as much rust off her exterior as he could without damaging the car’s delicate complexion. Foster had originally tried to get her into the Smithsonian, but the museum passed because it can only accept artifacts in pristine condition, Foster told Tulsa World. Miss Belvedere now resides alongside 75 other cars at the Historic Auto Attractions Museum in Roscoe, Illinois.
June 29, 1906
Platt National Park was designated on this day in 1906. Now named the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the park preserves partially forested hills of south-central Oklahoma near Sulphur. It is the only national park ever demoted to a recreation area. in Chickasaw’s case, it was apparently due to its relatively small size. Originally known as Sulphur Springs Reservation, and later renamed Platt National Park, the park was established in 1902 through an agreement with the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and the federal government. The Chickasaw Nation sold the land to the government to protect the unique freshwater and mineral springs along Travertine and Rock Creeks, according to the National Parks Service. With its springs, streams, and lakes, water is the main attraction at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Little Niagara and Rock Creek beckon waders and swimmers. Visitors can relax in the coolness of shaded streams or take a dip in a swimming hole. Veterans Lake challenges anglers to test their skills. And the Lake of the Arbuckles provides excellent motor-boating, skiing, fishing, and swimming. Check out the Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s page on Trip Advisor to see what past guests liked best. Both fishing enthusiasts and hikers here at 35’s Moore apartments recommend Chickasaw if you haven’t visited.