Introduction to McAlester, Oklahoma
The town of McAlester was named after James Jackson McAlester, who started a general store here in 1869. The settlement was originally known as Bucklucksy. However, with the opening of the general store and subsequent discovery of coal deposits in the nearby areas, the settlement developed into a town. The advent of rail lines and coal mining led to rapid growth in the town.
McAlester and nearby Attractions
- Arrowhead State Park
- Arrowhead State Park Golf Course
- Tannehill Museum
- Pioneer Coal Miner Memorial
Things To Do In McAlester
Local festivals such as the Bluegrass Festival, the Italian Festival and the Pittsburgh County Free Fair are local attractions. The Oklahoma Prisons' Historical Museum and the Krebs Heritage Museum have a large number of historical souvenirs on display. The Arrowhead State Park Golf Course has provisions for a quick game.
Tulsa International is the nearest major airport.
McAlester Higher Education
Kiamichi Technology Center- McAlester and Dixon College are the local institutions of higher education. East Central University, Oral Roberts University and Tulsa Community College are also located nearby.