(Fox News) When Wyatt Tate Brady arrived here in 1890, Tulsa was just a spit of a town -- an untidy tangle of dirt streets and a handful of tents occupied by white men seeking their fortune in uncharted Indian lands.
A shoe salesman by trade, the brash and ambitious Missourian saw an opportunity and seized it. He opened a general store, followed by a hotel -- the first with baths.
By the time Oklahoma became a state in 1907, Brady was a celebrated city father. He signed Tulsa's incorporation papers, started a newspaper and chartered a train filled with boosters, including humorist Will Rogers, to promote the new boomtown to people in the East.
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But a lesser-known side of Brady has become the focus of debate in his adopted hometown nearly 90 years after his death.