FSRA Partner: Poteau

Poteau is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Fort Smith and serves as the seat of LeFlore County. The town is a great blend of historical charm and progressive industries. The city is home to the “World’s Highest Hill” and plays host to the celebrated Poteau Balloon Fest each October. Poteau has repeatedly been recognized among the “100 Best Small Towns in America,” and one of the “Top 200 Towns” for outdoorsmen, hunters, and anglers by Outdoor Life Magazine.

LeFlore County
Population: 8,532
Cost of Living Index: 77.6

Poteau Public Schools
River Valley Cosmetology Institute
Kiamichi Technology Center
Carl Albert State College

Located on Highway 59/271 Corridor
Interstate 40 (30 milies)
Kansas City Southern (10 miles)
Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad (10 miles)
Robert S. Kerr Regional Airport

Utility Providers
OG&E (Oklahoma Gas & Electric)
Kiamichi Electric Cooperative
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
AOG (Arkansas Oklahoma Gas)
Poteau Valley Improvement Authority


Major Employers
Choctaw Nation
OK Industries
AES Shady Point
KENCO Plastics
Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center
Farrell Cooper Mining

Poteau is home to Cavanal Hill, the “World’s Highest Hill.” At 1,999 feet, it falls just a foot short of mountain status. The city also hosts the widely-popular Poteau Balloon Fest each October, which showcases colorful hot-air balloons from around the country.

Website Links
Poteau Chamber of Commerce
City of Poteau

Historic Downtown Poteau

Poteau Chamber of Commerce Phone: (918) 647-9178