Yes, Gunner not only has his own facebook page, but he also has a utube video! If you will listen closely, you will hear him sneeze because he ran through so many weeds. His favorite place to go, besides the Caney River and the railroad tracks, is the Mound! He has run all around the base, and knows every flower, every weed, every rock, well, you get it! Maybe I will get better at making videos, hopefully, but if not, this might be his only cameo! Keep watching facebook for all of Gunner’s history adventures! He loves to sleuth, and if there is a bottle or rock (or rabbit) that can be dug up or chased, then he is very happy!! I am currently training him to find buried treasure, wish us luck!
Gunner shows off Sunset Boulevard (to the right) and what it looks from the top of the Mound
Work starts on building the water tower on Tuesday, February 8, 1955, about the time that Phillips bought the Mound.
On September 21, 1955, PPCO has, at considerable cost, bought the 10 acres of land on which the reservoir is situated and deeded to the city. In the deed, Phillips has reserved the right to place the Phillips 66 shield sign on the city’s reservoir tank.
On February 3, 1956, the 650,000 gallon reservoir tank atop the Mound is filled with water and is now in service.
ALL TANKED UP: It’s not a blockhouse on the lonely Russian Steppes, it’s the new water reservoir tank on the top of the Mound overlooking Bartlesville. Work on the new supplement to the city’s water supply is completed. Tuesday, February 8, 1955
In 2010, the City of Bartlesville replaced the old tank with a new 4 million gallon capacity tank. It has underground pipes that can service the downtown area. (Ed Gordon, City of Bartlesville) In our next blog we will go into more detail about the decorative water tank that is on the Mound today!
The story of the Mound begins with the Silurian Age 40 + million years ago. It is an abandoned battlefield with vestiges of war in the form of hundreds of arrowheads that have been dug up by various people through the decades. It sits majestic though silent, as a reminder to everybody that as a lookout, it has probably kept many people safe through the annals of time. Lots of entertainment has happened at the base of the Mound through the decades. Now a water tank sits atop that boasts 4 million gallons of water. And as the most precious commodity on earth, water, the sustainer of life, we now know why it has been given this critical job. So, we want to thank the Mound, for watching over us like a loving grandfather. We salute you!
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.