Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Sand Springs is a city in Osage, Creek, and Tulsa counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. A western suburb of Tulsa, it is located predominantly in Tulsa County. The population was 18,906 in the 2010 U. S. Census, an increase of 8.3 percent from 17,451 at the 2000 census.[5]

Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Official logo of Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Location within Tulsa County and Oklahoma
Location within Tulsa County and Oklahoma
Sand Springs, Oklahoma is located in the United States
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°8′23″N 96°6′32″W / 36.13972°N 96.10889°W / 36.13972; -96.10889Coordinates: 36°8′23″N 96°6′32″W / 36.13972°N 96.10889°W / 36.13972; -96.10889
CountryUnited States
CountiesTulsa, Osage, Creek
 • TypeCity Council
 • MayorMike Burdge
 • Total20.92 sq mi (54.20 km2)
 • Land19.38 sq mi (50.19 km2)
 • Water1.54 sq mi (4.00 km2)
670 ft (240 m)
 • Total18,906
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,027.09/sq mi (396.56/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)539/918
FIPS code40-65300[3]
GNIS feature ID1097783[4]


The city was founded in 1911, by philanthropist Charles Page, a wealthy businessman in Oklahoma. He envisioned Sand Springs as a haven for orphans and widows. He helped found and develop Sand Springs as a model city that included all components of a total community.[6]

Page bought 160 acres of land in Tulsa County, Oklahoma in 1908, intending to build a home for orphan children. The first 27 children, who had been abandoned by the Hook & Anchor Orphanage in Tulsa, were housed in a tent. This was soon replaced by a frame building large enough to house 50 children.

Page decided to form a model community, to be called Sand Springs, on land west of the children's home. He offered free land to any person who wished to move there, and a $20,000 bonus (the amount varied and he also offered free utilities) to companies that would relocate there. In 1911, Page created the Sand Springs Railway, an interurban connecting Sand Springs to Tulsa. The townsite was laid out the same year.[6] Sand Springs was incorporated as a city in 1912, with a population of 400.[7]

In 1911 Page also built the Sand Springs Power Plant, on the southeast corner of Main Street and Morrow Road. It anchored an area that Page intended to use for industrial development. Several significant additions were made to the facility, and it was the sole source of electric power for Sand Springs until 1947.[8]

Some of the earliest manufacturing industries were: Kerr Glass Manufacturing; Commander Mills, Kerr, Hubbard and Kelley Lamp, and Chimney; Southwest Box Company; and Sinclair Prairie Refining Company. Medical and social welfare institutions other than the Sand Springs Home included the Oakwood Sanitorium for nervous and mental diseases, Poole Hospital, the Salvation Army Maternity Home, and the Sand Springs School for the Deaf.[7] Sand Springs became a center of glass production in Oklahoma. Kerr Glass Manufacturing moved to Sand Springs from Chicago in 1913. It and the Alexander H. Kerr company, which made fruit jars, were the only glass companies remaining in business as recently as 1955.[9]

Sand Springs Children’s Home is still operating, caring for school-age children in a family-style setting, and with an Independent Living program for graduated students.[10] The facility supports Camp Charles, which is an eight-acre camp in Grove on Grand Lake, where the kids get to camp, cookout, swim, ski and take boat rides.[11] The Charles Page Family Village, formerly known as the Widow’s Colony, provides duplex housing to 110 mothers and their children at no cost for rent, utilities or home maintenance.[10]

An EF2 tornado hit Sand Springs on March 25, 2015, killing one resident, injuring 30 citizens, and damaging 50 mobile homes.[12]

On November 26, 2018, Clyde Boyd Middle School had a Carbon Monoxide leak. The leak started sometime around the morning. Between 11:15 and 12:58, five students went homesick. And between 1:15 to 1:35, seven more students got sick.[13] Around 2:27, an announcement on the intercom told all the students to "go to the new gym". Many students went to the hospital from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. "There was no evidence of the presence of carbon monoxide in the 6th Grade Center". Over 50 students were sent to nearby hospitals. The school didn't have carbon monoxide detectors at the time, which the district said: "it'll resolve". The School was closed for several days while they fixed the problem. [14] The district has now installed carbon monoxide detectors.


Sand Springs is located at 36°8′23″N 96°6′32″W / 36.13972°N 96.10889°W / 36.13972; -96.10889 (36.1398102, -96.1088911).[15] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.0 square miles (54.3 km2), of which, 18.7 square miles (48.4 km2) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (5.9 km2) of it (10.84%) is water. The one-way driving distance between Sand Springs and Tulsa (downtown to downtown) is about 7 miles (11 km). It is roughly located in the western section of Tulsa County and the Southern section of Osage County and has a small sliver of it within Creek County's Northern western border.[16][17]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)19,905[2]5.3%

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 17,451 people, 6,564 households, and 4,870 families residing in the city. The population density was 934.2 people per square mile (360.7/km2). There were 6,979 housing units at an average density of 373.6 per square mile (144.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.85% White, 1.85% African American, 7.13% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 4.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.06% of the population.

There were 6,564 households, out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,380, and the median income for a family was $47,258. Males had a median income of $38,120 versus $25,373 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,193. About 6.7% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.


The economy of Sand Springs is largely focused on promoting small businesses. It has a very active chamber of commerce.

According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture, the most significant businesses in 2000 were: Webco Industries, Sheffield Steel Corporation, Rader Diagnostic Center, Smith-Fibercast, Cust-O-Fab, Piping Companies Incorporated, and Baker Petrolite.[6]


Although no major sports team is located in Sand Springs, many sporting opportunities are found in the city, including their Softball, baseball, and Soccer Complexes.

The complexes include the Jerry Adair Complex for baseball.[19] Whilst the Roger G. Bush Complex operates for Soccer.[20][21] Softball takes place within the William Ramsey Softball Complex and features "5 fields w/lights, bleachers, playground, restrooms, and concessions".[22][23]

Each year, Around Halloween, the Charles Page High School softball and baseball teams don Halloween costumes for the annual Monster Ball, and the money raised benefits the Sand Springs Special Olympic athletes. "It’s a game of softball but there are some rule changes. Baseball players must bat the opposite of their dominant hand, and there is an unlimited amount of positions on the field. The outfield could have 20 outfielders at any given time".[24]

Many Sports are played through an athletic team from Charles Page High School. Sand Springs has a multitude of Youth Sports that include Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Football, Wrestling, Track, and others. Many of the sports are either in a Varsity team, Junior Varsity team, or both.[25][26]

Sand Springs holds itself to a BMX Track. The facility features a 2-acre moto-cross style bicycle track with lighting, playground, and concessions. The BMX Track began operating in July of 2000 and is now the only BMX track in the Tulsa metro, and one of the only 3 tracks in Oklahoma.[27] After massive flooding happened in late May of 2019, in Sand Springs, the BMX Track had been flooded. As several parts of it were damaged by the flooding. They did eventually fix the parts of the track that needed repairing. "The BMX park had to sell fireworks and partner with other companies to get it all done, and have a BMX expert help them rebuild the course to the standards of the organization".[28] The BMX track had its grand re-opening in Mid-July of that year.[29]

Many of the sports are occasionally hosted in the Case Community Park through a youth sports program for the community. Which the park receives privileged use of the park space for each operational sport.[30]

Parks and recreationEdit

Case Community Center is a 26,000 square foot multi-purpose facility capable of hosting a variety of events, and includes a variety of amenities such as basketball, walking track, weight equipment, table tennis, and gaming stations.[31]

Case Community Park includes walking trails, family park areas, a skate park, and splash pads.[31] The Keystone Ancient Forest features hiking trails in a classic Oklahoma cross timbers forest with 500-year-old cedars and 300-year-old post oak trees, all inside a 1,360-acre nature preserve.[32]

The Canyons at Blackjack Ridge is a private 18-hole golf course and driving range in the hills north of Sand Springs.[33]

Sand Springs Senior Citizens Center provides games of pool, bingo, cards, and even dances for senior citizens. Free lunches are provided weekdays.[34]

The Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum is located in the historic art-deco Page Memorial Library Building, and promotes cultural heritage and the arts.[35]

Keystone State Park and Keystone Lake are immediately to the west of town.[36]

Skiatook Lake is immediately to the north of town.[36]

Historical SitesEdit

The following are NRHP-listed sites in Sand Springs:

  • Fort Arbuckle Site, a/k/a Old Fort Arbuckle (west of Sand Springs)
  • Page Memorial Library (6 E. Broadway)
  • Sand Springs Power Plant (221 S.Main St.)


US Route 412 and Oklahoma State Highway 51 are the major east-west highways through town. Oklahoma State Highway 97 runs north-south.[36]

William R. Pogue Municipal Airport (ICAO identifier KOWP, FAA identifier OWP), owned by the City of Sand Springs, has a paved 5,800-foot-long by 100-foot-wide runway, that is located 4 miles northwest of the central business area of the city, and serves mostly general aviation aircraft.[37][38]

For commercial air traffic, Tulsa International Airport is about a 20 minute drive to the east-northeast.[39]


The Sand Springs Public School District is the largest employer in the city. It contains five elementary schools, two middle schools, and three High Schools (two public and one private).

There are also four private Christian schools in Sand Springs.

  • Amazing Grace Christian Academy
  • Heritage Baptist School
  • Landmark Christian Academy[40]
  • Moriah Christian Academy[41]


Sand Springs has one print newspaper, the Sand Springs Leader. It is published weekly on Thursday. On April 21, 2015, the Tulsa World announced that its parent company BH Media,[42] a division of Berkshire Hathaway, the Omaha-based investment holding company led by billionaire Warren Buffett, had purchased several suburban newspapers, including the Sand Springs Leader.[43][44]

Sand Springs also has an online-only news source, Sandite Pride News,[45] which specializes in Sand Springs sports coverage.

Notable peopleEdit


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