Introduction to McAlester, Oklahoma

McAlester, Oklahoma, in Pittsburg county, is 77 miles S of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and 85 miles S of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

McAlester History

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.

McAlester Transportation

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.

Mcalester Almanac

County Pittsburg County
Standard Zip Codes74501
P.O. Box Zip Codes74502
Phone Area Codes918
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.92
Approximate Longitude-95.76

Mcalester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance2.4 miles
Jan Temp28 to 50 F
Apr Temp50 to 73 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches
Distance21.2 miles
Jan Temp30 to 48 F
Apr Temp51 to 74 F
Jul Temp73 to 94 F
Oct Temp54 to 75 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches
Distance34.2 miles
Jan Temp28 to 51 F
Apr Temp48 to 75 F
Jul Temp69 to 95 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip50.4 inches

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LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Mcalester Public Libraries

Southeastern Public Library System Of Okla
401 N 2ND
Mcalester, Oklahoma
(918) 426-0456

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Mcalester Hospitals

Mcalester Regional Health Center
(Government - Local)
One Clark Bass Boulevard
(918) 426-1800
Carl Albert Community Mental Health Center
(Government - State)
1101 East Monroe Avenue
(918) 426-7800

Mcalester Public Schools

Edmond Doyle Es
520 East Smith
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-0588
Total Enrollment 182
Emerson Es
301 East Van Buren
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-6465
Total Enrollment 260
Frink-chambers Public School
485 Frink Rd
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-2434
Total Enrollment 429
Haywood Public School
11461 West State Hwy 31
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-6265
Total Enrollment 131
Jefferson Ec Ctr
501 South C Street
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-5963
Total Enrollment 144
Mcalester Hs
1 Buffalo Drive
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-4776
Total Enrollment 892
Parker Intermediate Ctr
1310 North 6th Street
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-4647
Total Enrollment 435
Puterbaugh Ms
1100 East South Street
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-5445
Total Enrollment 403
Tannehill Public School
9283 Tannehill Road
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-9363
Total Enrollment 176
Washington Ec Ctr
700 South 6th Street
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-0265
Total Enrollment 140
Will Rogers Es
1200 East South Street
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-4542
Total Enrollment 502
William Gay Ec Ctr
600 West Madison
ZIP: 74501
(918) 423-6229
Total Enrollment 175

Mcalester Private Schools

Lakewood Christian School
840 S George Nigh Expy
ZIP: 74501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 139
Mcalester Christian Academy
1700 S Main
ZIP: 74501
Total Enrollment 9
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