Bridgman’s Furniture was first established along Broadway in 1896. For over one hundred years, the Bridgman family has remained a solid pillar of Poteau’s success.
Robert S. Bridgman moved to Poteau from Hackett, Arkansas in the fall of 1896. He was 38 years old. Shortly after arriving, he purchased a moderate one and a half story building off Railroad Avenue. That same year, he also gained ownership of the Poteau Journal. He established a furniture store on the first floor building, and used the second floor as his printing press. Bridgman’s building measured 24 feet wide by 32 feet deep, providing almost 800 square feet of sales space. Residents of Poteau now had one of the finest furniture stores to be found in eastern Indian Territory.
Today, the store is owned and operated by Randy Bridgman. The store is now located in downtown.