Southwest Tulsa is home to the Muskogee "Creek" Indian Tribe after they were moved here in the 1820's. Their journey to this area along with other tribes is described as "the removal" from their homelands along the east coast of North America. The Muskogee Tribe settled in the area.
The railroads pushing west through Indian Territory stopped briefly in Tulsa on the east bank of the Arkansas River in 1882, then over the river to Red Fork in 1883. In 1887 the railroad crews extended the tracks further west to Sapulpa and eventually continued on to connect with the west coast of America.