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View the new Facilities. My Dashboard Personalize your online experience to stay up-to-date on news, events and other information. McAlester Public School System. The population was 17, at the census.

It is Where is mcalester oklahoma county seat of Pittsburg County. It is currently the largest city in "Where is mcalester oklahoma" Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, followed by Durant. The town gets its name from J.

McAlester, who later became Lt. Governor of Oklahoma and was immortalized as a character in the novel True Grit, which was then made into feature films in and Sometimes Oklahomans refer to the state prison simply as "Big Mac" or "McAlester," and the town is referenced in that manner in the opening pages of The Grapes of Wrath when Tom Joad is released from there.

The prison was also the site of a riot that lasted for days and is generally regarded as one of the worst in American history.

This facility makes essentially all of the bombs used by the United States military. McAlester is known in political circles for having been the home base of several noted American politicians - U. Speaker of the House Carl Albert, who was once a heartbeat from the presidency, and longtime Oklahoma State Senator Gene Stipe, whose career ended in a series of legal problems. Taylor also hail from McAlester. The crossing of the east-west California Road with the north-south Texas Road formed a natural point of settlement in Tobucksy County Where is mcalester oklahoma the Choctaw Nation.

James Perry who emigrated from Mississippi to the Indian Territory first established a settlement at the intersection of the two roads in The town there was named after Perry by being called Perryville.

Where is mcalester oklahoma August 26, a force of 4, Union soldiers crossed the Canadian River and destroyed the Confederate munitions depot at Perryville.

This became known as the Battle of Perryville Indian Territory. Major General James G. Blunt Union finding the Confederate supplies and realizing that Perryville was a major supply depot for Confederate forces ordered the town burned. The town was rebuilt, but never reached its prewar glory or population. McAlester, an employee of licensed traders Reynolds and Hannaford convinced the firm to locate a general store at Tupelo in the Choctaw Nation.

Weldon had worked for the U. Geological Survey mapping Indian Territory before the war and knew of the rich coal deposits.

Hearing of the railroad plans to extend through Indian Territory and knowing that rich deposits of coal were in an area north of the town of Perryville, McAlester convinced Reynolds and Hannaford that Bucklucksy would be a more suitable and profitable location for the trading post.

The general store was an immediate success, but J.

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McAlester recognized an even greater opportunity in the abundance of coal deposits in the area, and he began obtaining rights to the coal deposits from the Choctaws anticipating the impending construction of a rail line through Indian Territory.

By virtue of having been the first to extend its line to the northern border of Indian Territory, the Union Pacific Railway Southern Branch earned right of way and a liberal bonus of land to extend the line to Texas. A number of New York businessmen, including Levi P.

Rockefeller were interested in extending rail line through Indian Territory, and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, familiarly called the Katy Railroad, began its corporate existence in toward that end. Morton and Parsons selected a site near the Kansas border with Indian Territory at which a town operated by the railroad could be located, with the settlement incorporated under the name of Parsons, Kansas, in That same year, J.

The location of the Where is mcalester oklahoma post on the Texas Road weighed in its favor, given that "Where is mcalester oklahoma" Katy Railroad line construction roughly followed the Shawnee Trail — Texas Road route southward to the Red River.

With the coming of the railroad, businesses in nearby Perryville began relocating to be near the McAlester Rail Depot, marking the end of Perryville and the beginning of McAlester.

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Where is mcalester oklahoma On August 22,J. Rebecca was a member of the Chickasaw Nation and this made it possible for McAlester to gain citizenship and the right to own property in both the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations.

This allowed McAlester to legally obtain his own mineral rights to the coal deposits. McAlester being a savvy businessman quickly obtained land near the intersection of the north-south and east-west rail line intersection. McAlester opened a second general store on this corner and was Where is mcalester oklahoma to continue doing business selling coal to the railroads. Fritz Sittle Sittela Choctaw citizen by marriage and one of the first settlers in the area, urged visiting newspaperman Edwin D.

Chadick in to pursue the possibility of establishing an east-west rail line to run through the coal mining district at Krebs that would connect with the north-south line at McAlester.

Chadick eventually found financing and established the Choctaw Coal and Railway inbut was unable to come to terms with J.

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McAlester over the issue of right of way. Chadick and his investors purchased land to the south of McAlester's General Store, and where the two rail lines crossed formed a natural trading crossroads, and quickly became a bustling community designated as South McAlester.

Census records simply identified it as McAlester. The two towns operated as somewhat separate communities untilwhen the United States Congress passed an Act joining the two communities as a single municipality, the action being required since the towns were under Federal jurisdiction in Indian Territory.

Designation as a single community by Where is mcalester oklahoma United States Post Office came on July 1,nearly five months before Oklahoma Statehood, which caused a redrawing of county lines and designations and the majority of Tobucksy County fell within the new lines of Pittsburg County.

McAlester was instrumental in starting the coal mining industry, telephone company, electrical company and other businesses in the town of McAlester. McAlester was the site of the trial of Terry Nichols on Oklahoma state charges related to the Oklahoma City bombing On December 25, an ice storm hit the area leaving residence without electrical service and water for more than two weeks; in Januarya second devastating ice storm crippled the city, leaving residents without power and water for more than a week.

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