Poteau's early days, a summary of business and life in Poteau during the late 1800s.
Poteau History: Development of the Frisco Railroad in Indian Territory
Poteau's first white settlers; a story of Oklahoma's growth following the American Civil War.
Flooding along the Poteau River has always been a problem. Take a trip back through history to discover how much of an impact the Poteau River has had on Southeast Oklahoma.
The Poteau Farmer's Market off of Broadway has been going strong for many years. Find out more about the market here!
The Black Angus is an iconic building that is well remembered by Poteau area locals. It has a fascinating history with Sen. Robert S. Kerr.
Taylor's Inn rivaled Cain's Ballroom for Western Swing and Jazz Music. This is the story of Poteau's forgotten music mecca.
The Port of Catoosa is one of the countries major inland ports, but it wasn't the only one envisioned by the late Sen. Robert S. Kerr. He had plans for ports all along the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers.
The Tushka Lusa Academy in Talihina, Oklahoma was the only Choctaw freedmen academy in existance. All but forgotten, this is the tale of the academy.
Hosting a large event takes a lot of time, effort, and money. It is a daunting task and one that can fill a person with dread and anxiety. Using these tips and tricks will help make your event go much smoother.
How to move people around in an effective, sustainable way: the goal is to reduce traffic and pollution while at the same time fostering healthy communities and healthy lifestyles.
How a burned out building became one of Poteau's most popular downtown attractions.
Low-cost sustainability and ecologically friendly options for small town parks.
How connectivity is changing the way we do business, and what smaller municipalities can do to encourage this change and profit.
Have you heard of Servant Leadership? Have you read the "Attitude" quote by Charles Swindoll? The two serve the same goals.
Did Jesse James and his gang bury treasure in Oklahoma? If so, what happened to it? Explore some of the theories as to what happened to their ill-gained loot here.
Of all of the Oklahoma treasure tales, the tales surrounding Standing Rock may be the most interesting. The myths surrounding this treasure range from spanish conquistadors to doctors and ranchers.
During the 1800s, Oklahoma was a wild and rugged place, full of outlaws and almost devoid of law. These treasure tales from Oklahoma tell the story of a number of outlaw treasure gained and then lost again. Somewhere in the heart of Oklahoma lies several million dollars of buried loot.
Virtual Reality has been around for a long time, so has Active Worlds. Active Worlds is one of the most interactive and unique out of all of the 3D chat programs. This article tells of how the oldest virtual reality programs still in existence is exceeding all expectations.
Looking for a fun and funky place to stuff your face in Oklahoma? This list of 14 unique restaurants is sure to tickle your fancy.
While most know of the legendary New York Yankees baseball player, many don't know that Mickey Mantle learned the game in Oklahoma. Discover the story of how Mickey Mantle learned to play, then stop in and visit his childhood home.
The myths surrounding Mister Ed's burial in Oklahoma are numerous. Do you know the full story?
The Dick Tracy Comic Strip originated with a man from Oklahoma. This tells his story, as well as Dick Tracy's connections to the state.
The first European exploration of Oklahoma began with a myth and a friar. The tale of Coronado's explorations in Oklahoma's Panhandle.
Visit Guthrie, Oklahoma's most haunted city! Here are the histories behind four of the most haunted buildings in downtown Guthrie.
Strike-a-Lot Lanes in Poteau is one of the best entertainment locations in the region. Find out more about the history of this iconic destination and the services they offer today.
Pops is one of the newest and most fascinating places to visit on Oklahoma's section of Route 66. Find out history and more here!
The Jetsons meet Oklahoma! Learn how several mid-century buildings made a striking impact on the landscape of Oklahoma!
Tulsa's International Airport has a fascinating history that helped shape both the city and the state. Find out how the Tulsa Airport helped change the history of Oklahoma.
There are a lot of strange things lurking in the wilds of Oklahoma. Here are a few that you may not have heard of before.
This list of strange and unusual creations in Oklahoma is sure to fascinate!
Experience the excitement in Southeast Oklahoma with this list of outdoor recreation locates around Poteau!
A short history of one of Southeast Oklahoma's oldest and last remaining nine-hole golf courses.
A brief history of Poteau's Public Schools, including the first free school in Indian Territory.
Following the Great Depression, hobos became a part of life in Southeast Oklahoma. These stories focus on the hobo culture in and around Poteau, Oklahoma.
Poteau's Dunbar School was the first school in Oklahoma to be desegregated. This article tells the history.
Lake Wister is one of Southeast Oklahoma's most charming state parks. Learn the history of the lake here.
Stories from the Choctaw Nation around Poteau, Oklahoma from the late 1800's when the area was still known as Indian Territory.
Long Lake Resort is one of Oklahoma's best kept secrets and one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Oklahoma.
A look into Poteau, Oklahoma's early pioneer days through the early 1900s.
The Frisco and the KCS railroads had a major impact on the growth of Southeastern Oklahoma. This tells a little about their early development.
This is the story of an Oklahoma WWII War Hero and how he convinced 946 German soldiers to surrender.
A history of Fort Coffee from the early military days through the Choctaw Academy and ending with the destruction during the Civil War.
Cowlington was a brief town in a heavy floodplain, but the history of this Oklahoma town is fascinating. Cowlington is a good reflection of the hardships towns faced in early day Oklahoma.
Many of the towns in Southeastern Oklahoma have fascinating histories. Here are just a few of them.
Oklahoma has some of the most fascinating WPA structures in the country. The town of Poteau is full of them! Take a look back to see how they were made and what they're used for today.
From the 1920s through the 1940s, Pine Valley was one of Oklahoma's largest company-owned lumber camps. This tells the story of a forgotten town.
The story of a failed socialist colony in LeFlore County, Oklahoma.
Drive In Movie Theaters are quickly vanishing from Americas landscape. Across the country, only a few remain. In an effort to preserve the past, Oklahoma Traveler chronicled the development of one iconic Drive In Theater in Poteau. This is their story.
The Jenson Tunnel is Oklahoma's only railroad tunnel, but there's quite a bit more to the story than that!
Step back in time to Poteau during the late 1800s. This article shows some of the more important locations in town, as well as those that have had the biggest historical impact.
The story behind Oklahoma's first female mayor, Mrs. Nora Shaw of Poteau, Oklahoma
Part I of a series on Old Town Poteau, this shows scenes from a virtual rendition of the town of Poteau dating back to the 1890's.
Cavanal Hill is known as the “World’s Highest Hill," reaching 1,999 feet above the surrounding terrain. Did you know that going up to the top can be an adventure in itself? Here's some trivia . . .
Rediscover Senator Robert S. Kerr's "hidden" history in Southeast Oklahoma.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy visited Poteau to dedicate U.S. Highway 259 in Big Cedar.
Christmas in Poteau, Oklahoma has always been a special time. This article showcases some of the years past in photos.
Also known as Poteau's Mansion, The Woodson Home, or the House on the Hill, this is the real story of the House on Terry Hill.
A brief history of one of Downtown Poteau's oldest buildings.
Poteau, Oklahoma was once a wild and rugged place. Outlaws such as Belle Starr and Frank James called this area home. This features some collected stories of Belle Starr in Poteau.
The Victory Theater in Poteau, Oklahoma was an icon until it burned in 1981. Learn more about the Victory Theater in Poteau through historical photos.
There are a number of tales of the old Butterfield Overland Mail company and of the trepidatious cattle drives. Still, some stories from that era remain lost in time. One such story is the tale of Heckabbe's Station near Poteau, Oklahoma in LeFlore County.
Oklahoma has always had its fair share of strange tales, but perhaps none is as fascinating as the cold-blooded murder of President Abraham Lincoln. Of course, the assassination of President Lincon didn't happen in Oklahoma, but could Indian...
Since war in Europe broke out in 1914, most Oklahoman’s viewed the conflict with an extreme lack of interest. While this was major news, it was considered to be too far away to be of much importance. This indifference to the war became evident...
February 20, 1919: Commander Willie L. Davis 38th Infantry AP0740 American Expeditionary Forces, France, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Ballard of Cameron. Koblenz, known as Coblenz prior to the end of World War I, is approximately fifty miles...
There are many unique and stunningly beautiful places across Oklahoma, but some of these amazing sights can't be seen from the ground. Join me on a satellite tour of some of the state's strangest sights.
The history of the town of Shawnee has its origins long before statehood. First settled before the American Civil War, the area was first populated by members of the Sac and Fox tribe during the Indian Removals. Later, they were followed by the...
Since the dawn of Oklahoma, people have traveled all across the state in order to photograph both the natural and man made wonders that the state has to offer. These photographs below represent only a tiny portion of the unusual and fascinating...
Oklahoma has many stereotypes. Some see it as a state full of Cowboys and Indians, others see it as where oil began. While these stereotypes have some merit, they only show a small portion of what Oklahoma is. Perhaps one of the least known...
Looking for songs about Oklahoma? This comprehensive list showcases songs, artists, and musicians that are connected to Oklahoma! Can you find your favorite song here?
In Oklahoma, Skateboarding is alive and well. There are skateparks spread all across the state, from the massive Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park of Oklahoma City to the hundreds of community skateparks found in almost every major town and city. ...
LeFlore County, in Southeastern Oklahoma, was once known as one of the most wild and rugged places in the country. During the fourteenth century, a massive ancient Indian empire stretched from parts of eastern Oklahoma to the Atlantic Ocean. Known...
For Clyde Barrow, incarceration at the Eastham Prison Farm marked the beginning of life of rampage and destruction across the Midwest.
Fun Facts about Oklahoma's Favorite Sports Teams
Old newspapers have a way of hanging around like unwanted relatives. We read them, cuss at them, and then throw them out.. Sure, we meant to recycle them, but our best intentions end up as a tattered pile. Ok, sure, there are a few people out...
Old cans come in a wide variety of sizes and can be re-purposed for many different uses. To be clear, we're talking storage cans here, this has nothing to do with your grandmothers..nevermind. Back to the main topic - before you throw away those...
Mosquitoes are everywhere, and they're nearly impossible to get rid of. (We are talking about the insect variety, not your pesky neighbors kids - we'll save that for a different article) Even though they're almost impossible to eradicate, there is...
Every home handyman has problems; from loose screws to bouncy hammers. Now I'm not saying that you're one of those, but with a little ingenuity and a few spare parts, every household problem can be overcome. Here are a few solutions to those...
Considered as the largest fraternity in the world, Freemasonry is, in its most basic form, a group of dedicated men concerned with moral and spiritual values. They form a brotherhood of like-minded individuals, dedicated to humanitarian causes and...
They were coal miners, railroad workers, merchants, farmers, husbands, wives, and children. They came to Oklahoma for many reasons. Some came to begin a better life. Some came because their job brought them here. Others came in an attempt to...
The now-vanished coal mines of Witteville employed thousands in difficult and dangerous work.
Just a few miles west of Okmulgee, Dripping Springs State Park remains one of the most popular places to visit in the region. This park, combined with Okmulgee State Park, offers over 1,700 acres of breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and some...
In Hartshorne, Oklahoma, the Twin Cities Heritage Museum paints a vivid picture of the life of an early coal-mining town. Fantastic artifacts from the early 1900s allow visitors to take a step back in time to when coal was king.
In the Little Sahara desert, one can almost picture wandering camels, Arabian princes, and Egyptian sphinxes. This unique location is one of western Oklahoma's greatest treasures.
The Poteau Balloon Festival is one of southeast Oklahoma’s most spectacular events. Every year, the blue skies over Poteau become transformed into a vast kaleidoscope of colors. Hundreds of people gather from all over the U.S. to take part in the...
Swimming through a sea of green foliage, the Catoosa blue whale smiles happily at travelers driving along the historic Route 66. The blue whale's wide smile just begs for attention, and like the call of the ancient Sirens, visitors are entranced . . .
Yes, there are native Palm Trees in Oklahoma. This article describes the McCurtain palm, as well as a few other cold-hardy palm trees found in the state of Oklahoma.
Founded in 1832, Skullyville was one of Oklahoma’s oldest, most important towns. Throughout its brief but turbulent existence, Skullyville served as the capitol of the Choctaw Nation, was a key stop on the renowned Butterfield Stage Route, was ravaged by the bloody Civil War, and was known as a...
Hidden away in the rugged Osage Hills of Northeastern Oklahoma, the Woolaroc Ranch remains much as it was during Frank Phillips time. This large home is an exceptional testament to the oil boom era in which it was built.
In all of history, Sequoyah was the only Native American Indian to conceive and perfect an entire alphabet.
The Roaring 20’s came to Poteau with a boom. While much of the country suffered in the post-war depression, the budding city of Poteau maintained a vibrant economy. In 1910, Poteau’s population numbered at just above 1,182. By 1920, the...
One of the longest running Virtual Worlds in existence, Active Worlds continues to inspire and delight. After recent upgrades, the software performs like never before. Best of all, it's free!
When one visits the Muskogee Azalea Festival it may seem like they’ve entered an enchanted land. This article explains the events at the Muskogee Azalea Festival and the history behind the events.
Over the years, Woolaroc Ranch has been transformed into one of the most unique lodge structures in the United States, and one of the most exotic museums in the world. Read on to learn about its history and how to visit.
On April 19, 1995, at precisely 9:02 in the morning, one of the most tragic events in the history of the United States was unfolding. Within 48 hours, one hundred and sixty-eight people would be dead, among them, nineteen innocent children. ...
Oklahoma may be one of the younger states, but she is not without her own interesting history. From the Great Blue Whale in Catoosa to the Worlds Highest Hill, Oklahoma is a land as diverse and interesting as that of any state. Explore some of the...
Clovis and Pre-Clovis sites have been found all across the United States. One such site, discovered in Burnham, Oklahoma, provides many clues that help scientists learn more about how these ancient Clovis peoples lived, and how their migrations...
Today, the 195,000 square-foot Sam Noble Museum of Natural History is one of the largest university-based natural history museums in the world, housing more than six million artifacts and specimens.
The terrain was treacherous, the heat unbearable, and the pay was paltry. Still, through the wild frontier of Indian Territory, these spirited cowboys braved disaster and desolation in search of the American dream. Many of these cowboys...
Overburdened wagon trains lined the border between Kansas and Indian Territory on a warm spring day in April 1889. Excitement coursed through the crowd as they waited in eager anticipation. They had come in droves from all walks of life; there...
In the years following the terrible “Trail of Tears”, and before Oklahoma gained statehood, the Indian Territories remained wild and rugged. In southeastern Oklahoma, in what was once the Choctaw Nation, there lived a man who would come to...
With todays unemployment numbers skyrocketing and thousands clinging desperately to the idea that they will soon have a job, it is imperative that job seekers make best use of all the tools they have in their arsenal. Start to finish, the...
Boy scout. That phrase automatically conjures up images of khaki and tan uniforms, of courageous young men, and of humble and loyal traditions. Like our forefathers before us, these young men seek to explore the world through high adventure and...
Science Museum Oklahoma is one of the largest museums in Oklahoma dedicated to, well, all things science. This interactive museum offers a great variety of exciting exhibits for both kids and adults to explore. Learn more about the museum here!
On a bitterly cold night in November of 1868, more than one hundred Indians lie in tangled heaps of death across a frozen battlefield. This article explores the tragedy of the attack, as well as showcasing one of the most sacred places in Oklahoma.
Perched high atop a twisted strand of rock, Tuckers Tower juts out of the cliffs like an ancient fortress of old. This article explores the history of this legendary Oklahoma castle.
Within everyone, there is a wild, untamed soul. It threatens to burst free of the confines that our bodies place on it. It hammers away in our minds. It infiltrates all that we do, constantly yearning for that moment when those binding...
While this Oklahoma treasure tale is based on fact, one can only speculate about the treasures current existence. Was this Oklahoma treasure found? Is there still untold wealth scattered about on the old trail crossing?
Winding through eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, the Talimena Scenic Drive is one of the most beautiful road trips one can take through Oklahoma.
He was only one man, but this one man wielded his power like a razor sharp sword. It had been ten years since the end of the American Civil War. Ten years for lawlessness to spread across Indian Territory like an inferno. The territory had...
It was just another hot and sultry Sunday. The soft creaking of the Brazilian hammock nearly lulled me to sleep as I idly leafed through an old copy of The Old Man and the Sea. I could almost feel myself on the small boat as the marlin pulled me...
While Tulsa has some of the most outstanding restaurants in the state, there are none more unusual than the five Tulsa restaurants listed below. These unusual restaurants range from the whimsical to the magical, from Old Mexico to Asia, and across...
Ed Galloway was an unusual man. Then again, anyone who spent eleven years constructing a ninety-foot tall totem pole would be considered slightly unusual.
The U.S.S. Batfish (SS-310) was one of the most successful submarines during WWII. This article discusses the Batfish submarine (now housed in Muskogee) and it's devastating role during the war.
Some of the smartest and most creative minds have come from Oklahoma. Along with the many great places to visit and the numerous famous people that come from the state, Oklahoma boasts countless inventions that have changed our lives for the better.
Oklahoma was the 46th state to join the Union, nearly 120 years after the first thirteen states ratified the Constitution. Even though Oklahoma was one of the last states to become part of the U.S., that doesn't mean that it doesn't deserve it's...
The First Battle at Cabin Creek was one the most of intense of Oklahoma's Civil War battles. This article explains the history of First Battle at Cabin Creek.
Indian City, USA was founded on the very site of the massacre of the Tonkawa Indians by the Shawnees and other mercenaries during the Civil War. Due to their loyalty to the Confederacy, the tribe was nearly exterminated by pro-Union Indians. In...
You wish the fighting would just stop. The arguments, the hateful words, the silence, it's all hurting you so much you can hardly breathe. Unless you're one of the rare few that doesn't seem to have any problems, at one point in time, you've felt this way.
The Roaring Twenties was a time of great celebration and independence, but in Oklahoma, it was also a time of bootleggers, outlaws, and gangsters.
Lady Luck was smiling down on Thomas Gilcrease the day that the Indian Territories were formally dissolved. A series of fortunate events lead this humble man to become one of the wealthiest millionaires in the country. Of course, wealth...
Looking for something fascinating to do this weekend in Tulsa? How about visiting one of the area's amazing museums! From classic art to classic cars, it can all be found in here!
At Fort Washita, strange occurences are expected. Locks that were secured the previous night will be found dangling open from their hinges the next day. Windows will inexplicably be open when one was positive that they were closed a short time before. Suddenly ice cold areas will waft across open...
The clowns no longer laugh, the acrobats no longer soar, and the musicians no longer play. All is quiet under the big top, and yet, in immortal life, the circus lives on. In Hugo, Oklahoma, in a place known as Showman’s Rest, the bones of great...
While there are numerous guides to creating articles on HubPages, there is none quite like this one. In this article, I have listed my method for attracting hub-readers from around the country. While my meaningless ramblings are slightly...
Online Dating is more popular than it ever was. In this article, you'll find the best tips about online dating, and secrets to find your perfect mate.
The Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma is the realization of a dream for famed architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright. First conceived in the mid-twenties, it would take nearly thirty years before Wright would have a chance to build his...
The mastery of architecture in Tulsa takes no greater form than in Villa Philbrook. Explore the history of the Philbrook Home and Gardens and gasp at the mansions architectural beauty.
Oklahoma's only Civil War naval battle was either a great success, or a tremendous failure.
The Myths and Legends of Robbers Cave: A tale of Jesse James explores both the history of Robbers Cave and the people associated with it. This article covers its early days as an outlaw hideout, the Robbers Cave experiment, and the cave's modern use.
The Bombing of Boise City was the only continental American town to be bombed during World War II. This article explains the full story.
Once inside the Alabaster Caverns, one feels as if they have entered into another world. Cocooned inside the water-swept cavern, the temperature suddenly drops to a chilly 50 degrees Fahrenheit . . .
While there are hundreds of Tulsa Landmarks that could be included on this page, only the best have been listed. With a wealth of history and a past full of extraordinary men, Tulsa was destined to be a leader among cities.
From the early 1920's until 1939, Tulsa was booming with life and money. Throughout downtown Tulsa, Art Deco buildings were springing up almost overnight. You can still visit many of them today. Read on to find out where!
Deep in the forests of Southeastern Oklahoma, among the tangled vegetation and infant mountains, there roams a creature that legends are made of. It stands over eight feet tall, and has razor sharp claws that can rip the flesh off any living...
Pioneer life in Oklahoma wasn't easy, but for those brave souls who ventured out into the wild lands of untamed Oklahoma it was their dream. They saw this new state as a ray of light, a chance to own a piece of the American Dream; a home and land of...
The past is vividly alive at this museum, which is located in a recreation of an 1800s pioneer village. Prairie Song is a must-see for those interested in Oklahoma pioneer history.
The center of the universe is an acoustic anomaly; when one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made. Imagine dropping a small pin and expecting to hear a tiny “tink” as it hits the floor. Instead, the sound the pin makes...
Main Street Oklahoma has undergone many changes since statehood. This article vividly outlines Oklahoma's history in relation to how it has changed the face of main street, as well as providing Main Street improvement programs.
Sometimes, love has a way of touching us so deeply that it almost hurts, and then when that love is gone, it feels like our world is caving in. This article will outline several things that you can to do take back control of your life, and it will give you important tips on how to get over an ex.
The Vikings have landed in Oklahoma. To be more specific, they have landed in Heavener, Oklahoma. We can only speculate as to why they came, but many archeologists agree that there were, in fact, Vikings in Oklahoma. It has been proven that...
Many of the great and powerful people of the United States has called Oklahoma home, from famous Astronauts to Actors, Athletes and Ambassadors, and yes, plenty of cowboys and Native Americans. This list is one of the most comprehensive online!
When most people think of Oklahoma, they think of cowboys and Indians, or of oil and large corn fields. But castles? It just sounds wrong. Yet unbelievable as it may be, there are indeed castles in Oklahoma.
Located in the rugged terrain of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, The Holy City of the Wichitas is a recreation of the very streets that Jesus Christ walked.
There is a place in Southeast Oklahoma that conjures tales of medieval knights, wholesome princesses, and glorious adventures. This is a brief history of the Captain's Castle built by J. E. Reynolds.
The Cave Garden was swarming with people. Cigar smoke filled the rooms as tall men in dark fedoras ordered whisky under the code name of “horse liniment” or “coffin varnish." This is the story of the Tulsa Cave House.
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." This is the story of Spiro Mounds in Southeastern Oklahoma.
Buried beneath downtown Tulsa, a system of secret underground tunnels were built to connect many of Tulsa's early skyscrapers. The tunnel system was designed at first for freight, but soon became a millionaires highway, protecting the wealthy and elite from danger. This is a story of Tulsa's...
The Roaring 20's hit Okmulgee much like it did in the rest of the country. Radio programs were popular, as television hadn't been invented yet. People sat around and listened to popular shows or music from the great Jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
Situated only 40 minutes south of Tulsa, Okmulgee is a small town rich in history and teeming with wildlife. This article outlines various Okmulgee attractions and points of interest.
The Sales Method is a tool that retailers can use to increase customer satisfaction, increase sales, and train your employees on how to provide superior customer service.
Okmulgee's history is rich with both triumph and tragedy. From the rebirth of the Creek Indian and the many state changing decisions made in Creek Counsel House, to the tragedies of the Great Depression, this series will outline the key events that...
In this article about historic Okmulgee, significant historic perspectives are outlined, as well as some interesting tales of Okmulgee, a historic timeline, and shop prices in and around Okmulgee.
For men, understanding women is like trying to bench press a hippo; it's almost impossible. If you're left asking, "Does she like me?," this article explains it all.
Stop arguing, stop fighting, and start communicating. This relationship article covers four effective communication tips to help relationships become healthy and productive.
There are subtle clues to find out if a girl likes you. This article provides some advice on how to approach women and how to figure out if they are interested.
Looking for places to meet people? This list of top 29 places to meet people takes a look into the real world dating scene.