The only article about the Mound I have ever seen was by Sarah Disney in 1953, and I have printed it in its entirety!
(Photo courtesy Bartlesville Area History Museum and Archives)
By SARAH DISNEY~January 18, 1953, Examiner Enterprise
Spike that rumor – the Mound must not go down!
It isn’t Pike’s Peak, but Bartlesville likes it’s scenery.
The Mound located west of the city has been the subject of a troubled rumor plaguing Bartians for the past month which goes something like this: ‘Phillips has bought the Mound and are going to level it and put in a proving station’.
When confronted with this announcement Bartians fairly pop with indignation. Civic pride swells to the bursting point and they gasp – What! Level the Mound? Impossible! Well, maybe not impossible but impractical certainly and old timers especially shudder and consider the dearth of conversation awaiting them at future Old Settler reunions when no one will be able to tell tall ones about how the Mound got there in the first place.
Geologically speaking, the Mound is a vestige of limestone strata left after the glacial period when the surrounding terrain was worn away but the Mound remained. Devoid of vegetation the big bump blocks Bartlesville’s view of the scenic Osage Hills. While it is generally accepted to be a blot on the landscape, most Bartians would not have it removed if they could, as disclosed by a recent survey.
Financially speaking, the Mound, while not the most beautiful hillside created, is at least an asset to the city from the standpoint of potential value as a storehouse of Indian relics. The Bartlesville Mound is thought by many to be an Indian burial ground like that found in Mound, Oklahoma.
Artistically speaking the Mound’s best angle is from the Washington County Court House where it’s clay-colored exterior may be viewed beside the city’s handsome skyscrapers giving a general Before and After effect.
To add to the confusion made by the rumor, bulldozers and dirt movers have been doing considerable plastic surgery to the top of the Mound which gives credence to the whisperings.
In quest of the truth this reported we called the Adams building, where a member of the personnel exclaimed ‘What! Madam – do not connect my name with a fantastic rumor like that! Operator – Operator direct this call to the public relations department.’ A member of this department graciously informed us they would check but they had heard nothing to substantiate such a rumor.
A city official declared the bulldozers et al were working on a pipe line which had been installed in the Mound to follow a section line.
A police officer who resides across from the Mound told a harrowing tale of sleepless nights after Mound workers said the Mound would undoubtedly engulf his property in the leveling – out process. This would also jeopardize a nearby golf course.
Woolaroc Director Pat Patterson was reportedly gnashing his teeth with fear at not being the first to have access to the relics therein.
If anything is possible as rumor world would have it, we may soon be hearing the Mound is to be turned inside out to form Osage Crater Lake.