The topography of McCurtain County, in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma varies from the rugged foothills of the Ouachita Mountains in the north to the fertile coastal plain in the south. The county has a unique heritage ranging from the Caddoan mound builders to the first white settlements in the early 19th century, including 75 years of Choctaw sovereignty, and finally statehood. The county name is that of a prominent Choctaw family, several of whose members served as chiefs. The Choctaw period left such historic sites as the Wheelock Mission Church and Academy. The Dierks family developed large holdings beginning before the turn of the century, and sold the land to Weyerhauser Company in 1969. Weyerhauser is the largest employer and has a paper mill Valliant and a sawmill in Wright City. Other major employers are Tyson Foods, Inc., a poultry processing plant; SETCO, a company that builds solid tires for heavy equipment and ships worldwide; Hagale Industries, a garment manufacturing plant; and Rockwall Industries, a lumber mill. Tourism is also a major industry with Beavers Bend State Resort, Museum of the Red River, hunting, fishing and historic sites. Location: McCurtain County borders the state line of Arkansas to the east and the state line of Texas to the south in southeastern Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 62.3 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 42.0 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 79.1 degrees Fahrenheit. County Seat: Idabel Distances: Idabel to: Ardmore - 148 miles Muskogee - 188 miles Tulsa - 225 miles Land Area: 1,900 square miles of rugged terrain, valleys and mountains

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McCurtain County Genealogical Society
Genealogical resources and contacts in the McCurtain county area.
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