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Old 10-08-2006, 09:54 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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We are finally leaving this coming Sat. to see OK. Does anyone know anything about the Poteau area? The scenery there looks beautiful. What is the economy and housing like in Poteau? I have found their local newspaper, but a lot of it won't come through on the internet. Is it a nice town? Are the people friendly? Jobs? Housing? Any info will be appreciated.
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Old 11-07-2006, 03:46 PM
 
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I've been there....have relatives near there.

It's about like all the small towns around.....people will be very friendly (although what would be considered by most as "hick" or "redneck", housing will be cheap. The area is very pretty, lots of trees and such around. The job market will be awful. I don't know what you will be looking for, but don't expect too much to choose from.
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Old 03-08-2007, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Poteau Oklahoma
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Hi ! I live in Poteau and I love it !There are quit a few post about poteau in the forum. The scenery around is BEAUTIFUL and the people here are friendly,The economy here is fairly good The houses for rent around here can leave a lot to be desired but if you look around well enough you can get into a nice house. There are several apartment buildings here. Some are specifically for low income.(rent is based on your income)There are always jobs available depending on what you are willing to work at LOLFort SMith is not that far away from here and many people work there. If you are looking for a laid back way of life you can find it here. Hope that you enjoy your visit (((HUGS))) Mel
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Lived there for a couple of years about 10 years ago. Prettiest area in the central US.

Not as isolated as people think with about 750K along the NW Arkansas/Eastern OK area.

Very blue collar!! Not very progressive. A bunch of old time families run the town (Holton, Ollie, Roberts, Barber). Town is dumpy but there are a few nice areas.

You pretty much feel you live in Arkansas. Fortunately, Ft. Smith and Fayetteville are accessible and provide some cultural things.

My biggest problem is that Poteau has a lot of potential to be a lot better than it is. But it is truly beatiful country.
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:39 PM
 
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My husband and I are planning to retire in Poteau. I have family ties to Leflore County, and have been visiting the area since I was a small child. I've seen the town change alot since then. Change comes slow to this part of Oklahoma. The people love the way things have been and nostalgia is felt everywhere. The people are generally quick to give a hello and or helpful comment if you need it. The hunting and fishing is excellent all through the county. Fall is beautiful and oaks abound on every hill. Poteau is a real old-fashioned town, it is not trying to be a cultural hub like Park City, Utah. The people are genuine, the life is slow.
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:13 AM
 
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Oh, Wow! Jammie. Hope you stop by Tahlequah and see what you think of it. I think you should also check out Kreb and go to that Italian restaurant if you like Italian food. It is supposed to be the best in OK, but you probably remember reading that. Have fun!!
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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I spent a night in Poteau about 3 years ago and had an exceptionally nice time. We had supper at the Western Sizzlin and stayed the night at a Days Inn. The room was great and wonderfully clean. Everyone we met was very courteous, pleasant, and helpful. We enjoyed our trip so much we intend to return.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:56 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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I'm sorry~I guess I never gave an update on Poteau. We went down there a year ago and Grove and Tulsa were probably the only towns I ever posted about again.

We thought that Poteau was cute and friendly. We drove around their hills and it was so nice how people had their homes built back up in there. The people were nice and we chatted with a gal in the liquor store for a while and a few others. We were just driving around slowly and a group of ladies were standing outside and they all waved at us. We were impressed with the welcoming attitude there.

Unfortunately, we learned that the employment situation wasn't very good there. It seemed to be kind of a unanimous thing among the locals that you'd have to go to Ark. to work. They said the area had been quite depressed for years now. But for anyone who will be fully retiring, it is a perfect spot.
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:57 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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We are finally leaving this coming Sat. to see OK. Does anyone know anything about the Poteau area? The scenery there looks beautiful. What is the economy and housing like in Poteau? I have found their local newspaper, but a lot of it won't come through on the internet. Is it a nice town? Are the people friendly? Jobs? Housing? Any info will be appreciated.
Hope you've had a wonderful time in Oklahoma, Jammie. You've probably passed a whole bunch of great stuff before getting to Poteau.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:26 PM
 
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Oh neato! I live in Poteau. Its so pretty and most people are nice. Housing is cheap the job market sucks. The only place I know to work at is Bremner. Or the new Tiger Truck plant, I'm not sure they are open yet though.
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