Bartlesville: A Diverse City

By badmin January 27, 2017

Bartlesville’s History

In 1873, Jacob Bartles, a Civil War veteran, saw business opportunity in Indian Territory. He married Nannie Journeycake Pratt, the daughter of the Delaware Indian Chief Charles Journeycake. They settled in the Caney River valley at Silver Lake. In 1875, he moved north to establish a trading post on Turkey Creek. He bought a corn grist mill from Nelson Carr and expanded it into a flour mill and eventually a general store and a home for his family. He became a business owner in Indian Territory. Bartles eventually added a saw mill, furniture shop, hotel, and two large farms to his holdings, which were all north of the Caney River and commonly called Bartles Town or Northside. Thus, the name Bartlesville came about. (Source:

City of Bartlesville

Bartlesville is a city mostly in Washington County in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It is 47 miles (76 km) north of Tulsa and 18 miles (29 km) from Oklahoma’s northern border with Kansas. It is the county seat of Washington County and the Caney River runs through Bartlesville. Home to about 36,000 people – Bartlesville is a diverse city with a rich history in business and arts.

The Price Tower – the skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the only two vertically oriented structures extant in downtown Bartlesville. Another notable structure is theBartlesville Community Center designed by William Wesley Peters, one of Wright’s students. It is where an annual week-long music event is hosted – the “OK Mozart” International Festival – in June. It begun in 1985, the festival features performances of classical , jazz, light opera and more; organized around the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Frank Phillip’s ranch and retreat located about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Bartlesville named Woolaroc. It is a museum that exhibits Phillips’ extensive Native American, western, and fine art collections. Featured is the private collections of Colt firearms. It is one of the most complete collection in the world (Source:,_Oklahoma)

Public School District such as the Bartlesville Public Schools offer general and advanced education to students from pre-K through 12th grade and for older students, the Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Rogers State University.

Bartlesville is a great place to live, work and play, catering to families of all sizes and structures. Let us know if you need to relocate to Bartlesville and sell your house or buy a home.