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LeFlore Bank 1920s

The Banks of Poteau

During Poteau's early years, the town was thriving in a way that was unparalleled in the region.  Between 1900 and 1930, growth was almost non-stop.  With this growth, a lot of money came in to town.  By statehood, Poteau had three banks.Where Legal Aid is today was the Bank of

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Walter Beard, Poteau’s Third Mayor

Walter Beard was an early founder of Poteau. He arrived before the town was formed from Arkansas and down through Cameron. During his early years, he worked as a farmer in Arkansas, and then in the Indian Territory.After coming to the area around 1885, he married Cillan James. James was

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Rare Photos of Spiro Mounds

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." The phantom El Dorado proved to be elusive, and de Soto, miserable and in

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