Poteau Main Street Matters

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About Poteau Main Street Matters

P.O. Box 353
Poteau, OK 74953

104 N. Witte , Poteau, OK
We are located two doors down from the entrance of the old Lowrey Hotel, now the home of the LeFlore County Museum

Director: Eric Standridge

(918) 647-8648

(a non-profit 501C organization)
In 2005, Poteau was accepted as a Oklahoma Main Street Community.

If you would like to become a member,
please contact us by phone, email, or drop by the office.

If you are interested in helping revitalize historic downtown Poteau,
you can! Become a member, join a committee, or just
make a tax deductible donation.

Our Mission is to encourage architectural and historical preservation of the downtown area of Poteau through promotion of cultural events and beautification projects in an effort to affect economic revitalization and organization of public resources. 

Objective: To raise awareness within the community about what the Poteau Main Street Program does for the community.

Mission Statement: To stimulate economic development and historical preservation of downtown Poteau through promotion of cultural events and beautification projects as an exciting place to shop, work, live, play and invest.

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In 2013, Poteau Main Street Matters ceased to exist; instead, we have changed our name to Historic Downtown Poteau, inc. to better reflect what we do.

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We Invite You To Visit Poteau Main Street, Poteau, Oklahoma!

Downtown Poteau contains a great wealth of history, from the old Indian Territory Federal Courthouse to the twin-offices of the Oklahoma Immigration Company.  The city has been home to outlaws, bootleggers, railroad barons, and wealthy merchants.  It was even home to the Lakeview Landrun!

Today, traces of this history can be seen throughout the old downtown district, from the old bank building that was robbed by Bonnie and Clyde to the Noble-Bird building which housed one of the largest druggists in Eastern Oklahoma.  As you stroll down the main street, colorful and interesting shops can now be found in the very buildings that the early pioneers built. 

Bridgman's Furniture, one of the oldest furniture stores in Oklahoma, is still ran by the Bridgman family and occupies almost an entire block of downtown Poteau.

The Purple Plume is a high-class fashion and accessories store that is very well-known throughout the region. 

The world-famous Warehouse Willy's serves some of the best food to be found for miles around.  This resturaunt is decked out in images and items from the distant past.

Peppercorn Antique Mall houses some of the finest antiques in the area.  The antiques found here range from glassware to turn-of-the-century furniture.

While the list of fascinating stores can go on, perhaps one of the most interesting attractions in historic downtown Poteau is the LeFlore County Museum at the Hotel Lowrey.  This museum, once complete, will house artifacts dating from the ancient Caddoan empire through modern times and is said to be one of the largest of it's kind in Eastern Oklahoma.

Get Involved!

Members of Poteau Main Street Matters have access to Free Educational Workshops, Free Architectural & Design Assistance, Main Street Program Networks, Grants for Improvements in Building Exteriors & More.

We want everyone in the community to appreciate the historic buildings that we have downtown. If we do not rent, sell, and have people preserve these buildings they will disappear. Our children will not know their heritage if these buildings do not exist anymore. The more we sell or rent to a business also brings sales tax revenue to the city. It’s still fun to walk the downtown streets of Poteau to shop, eat, and come to our events.