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Port Turns 40

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The sign at the entrance at the Port of Catoosa

By AP

Catoosa, OK – Tulsa Port of Catoosa celebrates 40th anniversary

CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the day then-President Richard Nixon formally dedicated the inland port.

Nixon spoke during the ceremony at the port on June 5, 1971, a few months after the first arriving barge carried newsprint. Since then, port officials say more than 41,000 barges have traveled through the port, delivering more than 67 million tons of cargo on the waterway.

Port officials say the 2,500-acre port complex is home to 63 companies that employ more than 3,000 people and distribute products including grain, fertilizer, petroleum, building materials and industrial equipment.