Introduction to Poteau, Oklahoma
Poteau was incorporated on October 8, 1898. It was named after the Poteau River, which derived its name from a French term meaning "post." French explorer Bernard de la Harpe visited the area in 1719. The post office of the city was established in 1888 and the first school was constructed in 1898. The first 2-year community college in Oklahoma was founded in the city in 1933.
Poteau and nearby Attractions
- Wal Mart Shopping Center
- Lake Wister State Park
- Cedar Lake
- Spiro Mounds
- Heavener Runestone State Park
- Fort Smith Museum of History
Things To Do In Poteau
One can pay a visit to the Lake Wister State Park while in Poteau. Local celebrations include Balloonfest, the Phil Gardenhire Memorial Rodeo and County Fair and the Bluegrass Festival. The Choctaw Country Club and the Wolf Mountain Golf Club offer facilities for local golfers.
Fort Smith Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Poteau Higher Education
One can pursue higher education at Westark College, the University of Arkansas and Northeastern State University.