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Downtown Poteau Christmas from the Past

Some of the best Christmas traditions in Poteau originated in the 1920s.  Although simple, long strands of garland were ran across Dewey, forming a "Christmas tunnel" downtown.   The downtown Christmas decorations remained fairly simple until the 1940s.  During the 1920s and 1930s, the nation was recovering from the effects of the

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Private Powell and Mount Suribachi

One of the most iconic images from World War II might not exist if it wasn’t for local war hero Hardy Powell and his fellows from the 2nd battalion, 5th marine corp. Private James Hardy Powell was born in 1926.  Shortly after his 18th birthday, on June 28, 1944, he enlisted

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The Story of a Poteau War Hero

Clarence Coggins was born on July 3, 1920, in Poteau, Oklahoma.  Growing up, he probably would have never dreamed that he would go on to become one of the nations most celebrated heroes.  During world war II, he did exactly that. Before joining the war effort, Coggins dream was to own

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Bonnie and Clyde Poteau Robbery

While most people know the story of Bonnie and Clyde, not many know that Poteau was the site of the gangs last overly successful robbery.  This video provides a good overview of the Bonnie and Clyde Robbery, then the article below on HubPages shows more about the robbery.  

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Poteau Incorporated

The year 1898 was a monumental year for Poteau.  The town was growing rapidly, business was booming, and residents had all they needed.  Early in the year, a group of the town’s most influential citizens got together to discuss putting together a petition for Poteau to be incorporated.  Throughout the

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The Lawless Land of LeFlore County

Outlaws, Marshals and Lawmen Train robbers, bank robbers, and other gun-toting outlaw gangs are all a part of the heritage of LeFlore County.  Throughout the years, the stories of these outlaws have made for great novels and movies.  However, the grim reality is that law and order in the early days

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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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