"Owasso" is an Osage Indian word, meaning "the end" or "turn around." At the turn of the century, it identified the area where the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad line ended - in a field several miles northeast of Tulsa. In 1906 Owasso formally became a town under laws of the Indian Territory and was chartered as a city on September 28, 1972.
Owasso's population remained at a few hundred people until the end of World War II. Then the veterans came to the area for the developing aircraft industry, mainly the Tulsa Airport, located just south of Owasso. The aircraft and related industries brought families to Owasso from across the midwest from 1950-1970 raising the population into the thousands. (More History)
In the past decade Owasso has been experiencing rapid growth again and is currently the fastest growing city in Oklahoma. Owasso is located approximately 5 miles north of Tulsa off of Highway 169, and east of Highway 75 North. Owasso has become home to more than 35,000 residents and serves an immediate market area comprised of around 90,000 Oklahomans.
Annual Averages: 8 inches of snow, 39 inches of rainfall, high temperature of 71 degrees, low temperature of 49 degrees
Owasso offers the small hometown atmosphere with big city advantages including a wide variety of businesses and services, a local weekly newspaper - the Owasso Reporter, library, Historical Museum, Gundy's Airport, a local private airport located 3 miles east of Owasso, a retirement complex, two nursing homes and assisted living centers. There are several industrial and manufacturing businesses within minutes, that provide hundreds of jobs to area residents. The Cherokee Industrial Park, located 3 miles west of Owasso, includes major tenants: Bama Pie, Laufin International Tile, Nordam, Ryerson Steel, Sabre, the Whirlpool Manufacturing plant, and WorldCom. The Tulsa Police Academy, the Tulsa Speedway auto race track, and several other industries are also located in the complex, 3 miles west of Owasso. The corporate and industrial facilities surrounding the Tulsa International Airport are 8 miles south of Owasso and the Port of Catoosa (Arkansas River navigational Channel to the Mississippi River) is 7 miles east of Owasso.
Convenience and local recreation are a spotlight to Owasso. The Bailey Ranch Golf Club opened in August of 1993 as one of the premier championship public courses in this part of the Country. Community parks, local YMCA facilities and an 80-acre municipal sports-plex available for soccer, baseball and softball offer fun and relaxation to area residents. Additional recreational opportunities are conveniently located at one of the many area lakes: Oologah, Skiatook, Hudson, Keystone and Ft. Gibson (all within 15-40 minutes drive).
Owasso offers many superior services and advantages including: outstanding schools, child care centers, many clubs and organizations, full range of professional and medical services, Community Center and Senior Services, full service banking and investment offices, hotels, a vast variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and shopping centers.
Owasso has a City Manager/Council form of government. The people are in charge of the make up of the municipal government. The voters elect five City Council Members who serve as policy makers. The City Manager is responsible for day to day operations of the city and our City Departments. He works closely with the Owasso Public Works Authority, Owasso Economic Development Authority, and the Golf Authority.
Owasso municipal government is responsible for over 36,000 people who live within the city limits. City Hall is responsible for a wider area known as the Owasso "trade area," covering most of the 74055 zip code area which has an estimated population over 95,000.
Sales Tax is the primary source of income for the city. This helps to pay salaries, infrastructure, etc. Owasso has no income from ad valorem taxes, and has in the past left this source of income for the schools, which are rated very high in excellence in education.
Owasso's excellence in schools, quality of life, Churches, businesses and family values are just a few reasons many people have chosen or will soon choose Owasso to become their city of choice to live and call home.
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Check out our "Did You Know" Webpage for more Owasso information. Visit the City of Owasso government Website; call (918) 272-2141 or stop by the Owasso Chamber of Commerce at 315 S. Cedar, for a newcomers welcoming package, consisting of maps, information guides and other Owasso items.
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