December 15, 2016

Explore Downtown

Selected as one of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America” in Norman Crapton’s book by the same title, Poteau is one of the most unique towns in the region.

During the early days, the area around Poteau was known as an Outlaw Haven. Ft. Smith was the last stop for the law. Once one crossed the Arkansas border, they entered in to Indian Territory, where U.S. law no longer applied. During those early days, the small wild west town of Poteau Switch was full of excitement. While many moved here for economic advantage, others came to escape the law.

Over 100 years later, Poteau is still a vibrant and exciting city to live in. While it’s kept that small town feel, it has matured to offer much of what many large cities have.
We welcome you to explore all that Poteau has to offer. Our downtown area has experienced a rebirth and is now known as a true destination point. Events held throughout the city draw in thousands of people yearly.

In Poteau, you can find everything from a state of the art convention venue down to grandma’s home cooked meals. It offers a blend of old and new, with a unique atmosphere that makes it truly one of the best 100 small towns in America.


The Angry Mullet! 

Poteau’s newest coffee bar: “Business in the front, Party in the back!”



The Purple Plume

Poteau’s Trendiest Boutique!


Warehouse Willy’s

Ranked 5th in Oklahoma for Gumbo!