CATOOSA, Okla. - Many folks across Green Country are aware of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, but FOX23 has an inside look at the port's history and what goes on there.
The port's story began in the 1960s, when Tulsa civic leaders said they wanted to form a port authority to create a shipping port for revenue, but they could not get enough land to do it in Tulsa.
They soon, however, found open farm land in Catoosa, though, and set up shop there, creating the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
The legislature allowed Tulsa to create the port authority, and in 1967, voters approved $21.2 million to buy the land.
The federal government then created the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. President Richard Nixon even came to Catoosa to dedicate the river navigation system in 1971.
The facility at the port now holds more than 70 businesses and employs more than 3,000 people.
Steel and dry fertilizer now come into the port by barge, and then they are unloaded and shipped out by railway and semi. Wheat and soybeans are loaded back onto the barges, and they are sent down to New Orleans.
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