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Poteau Incorporated

The year 1898 was a monumental year for Poteau.  The town was growing rapidly, business was booming, and residents had all they needed.  Early in the year, a group of the town’s most influential citizens got together to discuss putting together a petition for Poteau to be incorporated.  Throughout the

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The Lawless Land of LeFlore County

Outlaws, Marshals and Lawmen Train robbers, bank robbers, and other gun-toting outlaw gangs are all a part of the heritage of LeFlore County.  Throughout the years, the stories of these outlaws have made for great novels and movies.  However, the grim reality is that law and order in the early days

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LeFlore Bank 1920s

The Banks of Poteau

During Poteau's early years, the town was thriving in a way that was unparalleled in the region.  Between 1900 and 1930, growth was almost non-stop.  With this growth, a lot of money came in to town.  By statehood, Poteau had three banks.Where Legal Aid is today was the Bank of

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Rare Photos of Spiro Mounds

It was in 1541 when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto ventured through Southeastern Oklahoma. With a little less than 300 men, de Soto set out on a quest to find El Dorado, or "the gilded one." The phantom El Dorado proved to be elusive, and de Soto, miserable and in

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