Welcome to Bixby!

Bixby has a rich history full of growth and progress.

The history of Bixby is like many other cities—agriculture was the major industry and the lure of the region with its lush river bottom land. It was a contest between the settlers and Mother Nature (floods, droughts, hail, wind, rain, tornadoes).

Oil and gas also played a part of Bixby’s story, along with ongoing issues with bridges and crossing the Arkansas River.

Before the 1970’s, Bixby had been self-sufficient with everything centrally located within one square mile. Residents travelled to Tulsa only for special occasions; but as Tulsa grew closer, the easy access to automobiles and spread of Tulsa shopping areas sent consumer dollars to the north.

Bixby could either grow to meet these demands or plateau … so it adapted and grew. And grew. Our past shows us that our city will continue to grow and accommodate our expanding residential population with new entertainment, shopping and services.

1899 //

Bixby officially became a town located in the Creek Nation Indian Territory.

1904 //

Bixby was split into two towns by the Midlan Valley Railroad.

1906 //

Bixby incorporated to become an independent self-governing town.

1911 //

A traffic bridge is built over the Arkansas River, then the longest bridge west of the Mississippi River.

1913 //

A one-thousand barrel-a-day oil well is drilled south of town; the resulting oil boom boosted the economy for many years.

1921 //

The Albert Pike Highway (now US Highway 64) is laid between Muskogee and Tulsa.

1941 //

Bixby becomes a major shipping center for produce by railroad and is deemed “The Garden Spot of Oklahoma.”

1947 //

After World War II, the Bixby Chamber of Commerce is established by local business leaders.

SOURCES

*American Fact Source: Bixby Population Estimate 25,196

**Quick Facts: Bixby Average Household Income $97,140