Sand Springs’ rails have a long running history dating back to the 1910s when Sand Springs was a developing town. Charles Page, our pioneering founder, developed streetcar rails running throughout Sand Springs with stops along the way. The Sand Springs Railway also ran to Tulsa and back. The road now known as Charles Page Blvd was once referred to as ‘The Line’ running freight and passenger cars to and from Tulsa. The bustling little town of Sand Springs desired to be self sufficient through the vision of Charles Page.
Our town was on the map with Sand Springs Lake being a fun outing for anyone who could take a quick train ride. The lake and downtown scene were busy and growing and so were the rails in Sand Springs. 1955 marked the year of the last day streetcars ran in Sand Springs.
In 2009, when Gerdau Steel Mill announced its closing, Sand Springs saw a drastic decline in the use of the rails. Recently a representative from OmniTRAX presented the plans for redevelopment of the former Gerdau site. The plans include a public safety facility and retail space.
“The City and OmniTRAX have been working together for several months to come to an agreement on the former Gerdau site,” said Sand Springs City Manager Elizabeth Gray. “The proposal made by OmniTRAX will lay a positive foundation in revitalizing this site for Sand Springs.”
Soon Sand Springs will see an increase in railroad traffic, business development, and the property’s improvements.
“The OmniTRAX team has been very helpful in all of our discussions,” said Gray. “Their encouragement to utilize the 10-acre parcel for public safety shows their desire to be a good corporate citizen. This agreement helps in revitalizing and transforming Sand Springs for future generations.”
The railways have been a rich part of our town’s history and now will be moving forward to be a bright light in our future!
“We are very excited about this agreement and what OmniTRAX is planning for the site,” said Vice Mayor John Fothergill. “Since Gerdau’s closing almost 10 years ago, this area has sat vacant. The addition of retail and industry will possibly be the largest economic impact Sand Springs has had in over 30 years.”
To learn more about the history of the railroads in Sand Springs visit the Sand Springs Museum at 9 E. Broadway Street, Sand Springs, Ok