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Old 09-24-2017, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Several years ago a county official from McCURTAIN Cty told me that some residents had never been out of the county!

It trickles northward.
LOL, My friend who is from Jackson County said the very same thing about Jackson County. I couldn't live that isolated. I'd eventually have to go venture to see what's on the other side of hill.
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Old 09-24-2017, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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I grew up just south of Philly (Chester, PA), and did my annual snowbirding in McAlester, OK a couple of years ago. It wasn't bad, winter was mild by PA standards, cost of living was cheaper. It is very conservative. Church is a key ingredient to many people there. It seemed to be very over policed. There is none of the food options that you are used to. The people are friendly for the most part, I seemed to connect with the local Choctaw community more than anyone else. If the amenities you are used to in Philly are important to you, you will be greatly disappointed.
Well, at least, McAllester is kinda big for an Oklahoma town, so you get a little more than Wal-Mart, like Lowe's and some more chain restaurants and fast foods. And liquor by the drink is legal, except on Sunday.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:37 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Idabel is the gateway town to the Deep South as you keep moving east.

Most of Oklahoma is the Southwest but Idabel and over to Hugo is undeniably the South.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:19 AM
 
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SWLA here. I know nothing about SE OK. But we've been there few years back. Main base was Hugo. Wife never been and she always wanted to go. I told her about the area when I went many moons ago for my uncles funeral. We went to Mt. Olivet and found his grave, walked around the Showmans Rest. I think it was called that... We were there for about 4 days. But I am always looking for a place to settle to. We're both sick of Louisiana. What I really enjoyed was the close knit community. From what we saw, that is. I think just about all the locals would go to Angies Diner. Now that place had some great food. I'm wanting to go back. Loved the hills. Went around to Ardmore, Durant, Antlers. Small towns. Something we like. Also the hills and mountains to the north. Then came on through to Idabell. We could see us living in that area.
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Old 10-23-2017, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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SWLA here. I know nothing about SE OK. But we've been there few years back. Main base was Hugo. Wife never been and she always wanted to go. I told her about the area when I went many moons ago for my uncles funeral. We went to Mt. Olivet and found his grave, walked around the Showmans Rest. I think it was called that... We were there for about 4 days. But I am always looking for a place to settle to. We're both sick of Louisiana. What I really enjoyed was the close knit community. From what we saw, that is. I think just about all the locals would go to Angies Diner. Now that place had some great food. I'm wanting to go back. Loved the hills. Went around to Ardmore, Durant, Antlers. Small towns. Something we like. Also the hills and mountains to the north. Then came on through to Idabell. We could see us living in that area.
I didn't know an Oklahoma town could look so run down as Idabel did when I drove through it over 10 years ago. Paint had weathered off a number of buildings, so it was just old bare wood left to slowly weather away. Haven't been back since. Maybe the town looks better after 10 years. Poteau looked less run down and has a big hill just outside of town for scenery.
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I didn't know an Oklahoma town could look so run down as Idabel did when I drove through it over 10 years ago. Paint had weathered off a number of buildings, so it was just old bare wood left to slowly weather away. Haven't been back since. Maybe the town looks better after 10 years. Poteau looked less run down and has a big hill just outside of town for scenery.
I have lived in Poteau and have been to Idabel numerous times. I really don't think they are that much worse than a lot of other towns in Oklahoma. Idabel is quite nice over by the hospital/high school/golf course.

In town Poteau is of kind ratty but the part of town between the high school and the bypass is quite nice. There are some spectacular houses up on the hill with incredible views.
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