Historic Treasure: Sinclair Service Station

On Route 66 about a mile east of The Campbell Hotel, travelers will find a former Sinclair Service station dating to Tulsa’s oil boom days.

The station, built in 1929, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 as an example of a Spanish Eclectic style Sinclair station. It now houses Rossi Bros., a contracting company that does home additions, remodeling, custom woodwork, window replacements and more.

According to the Sinclair Oil website, company founder Harry Sinclair, a Kansas native, built a career around buying likely oil-drilling prospects and reselling them at a small profit. By the time he moved to Tulsa in 1913, he ran 62 oil companies, owned eight drilling rigs, and controlled a Tulsa bank with his brother, his success buoyed by his own savvy investment style, the rise of the automobile, and the construction of major roads, including the coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway, which ran from New York to San Francisco.

Interested in petroleum history? Why not book a getaway in our lavish Oil Barons Suite here at The Campbell Hotel? We are located within walking distance of the University of Tulsa — known for its excellent petroleum engineering program — and just a short drive from several historic service stations. Just across the Arkansas River on Route 66 in southwest Tulsa, you can find a giant replica oil derrick, a tribute to Tulsa’s first oil well, and an operating refinery.

Spend a weekend learning about Tulsa’s reputation as the “Oil Capital of the World.” To book your stay at The Campbell Hotel, call (918) 744-5500 or visit

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