Le Flore County, Oklahoma

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Le Flore County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Le Flore County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the United States highlighting Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location in the U.S.
Named forA Choctaw Indian family of French descent
Largest cityPoteau
 • Total1,608 sq mi (4,165 km2)
 • Land1,586 sq mi (4,107 km2)
 • Water22 sq mi (58 km2), 1.38%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012)49,873
 • Density31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
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Le Flore County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Le Flore County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the United States highlighting Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location in the U.S.
Named forA Choctaw Indian family of French descent
Largest cityPoteau
 • Total1,608 sq mi (4,165 km2)
 • Land1,586 sq mi (4,107 km2)
 • Water22 sq mi (58 km2), 1.38%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012)49,873
 • Density31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5

Le Flore County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 50,384.[1] Its county seat is Poteau[2]. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma is the federal district court with jurisdiction in Le Flore County. The name honors a Choctaw family named LeFlore.[3]


The Choctaw Nation signed the Treaty of Doak's Stand in 1820, ceding part of their ancestral home in the Southeastern U. S. and receiving a large tract in Indian Territory. They signed the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830, which ceded the remainder of their original land and caused the removal of all Choctaws who had not voluntarily migrated to the tribe's new territory.[3]

In 1832, the Federal Government constructed the Choctaw Agency in Indian Territory about 15 miles (24 km) west of Fort Smith, Arkansas. The town of Skullyville grew up around the agency. The town housed Indian agents and was a stage stop (Walker's Station) for the Butterfield Overland Mail route. It was also the Choctaw capitol for a time. In 1834, the U. S. Army built Fort Coffee a few miles north of Skullyville, but closed it in 1838. The idled fort then became the Fort Coffee Academy for Boys, operated by the Methodist Episcopal Church. That church also opened the New Hope Seminary for Girls in 1845, just east of town. In 1847, the Choctaw Agency burned and its functions were transferred to Fort Washita.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,608 square miles (4,164.7 km2), of which 1,586 square miles (4,107.7 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57.0 km2) (1.38%) is water.[4]

The Arkansas River forms the northern boundary of the county, while its tributaries, the Poteau and James Fork Rivers drain much of the county into the Arkansas. The Kiamichi, Little and Mountain Fork Rivers drain the rest of the county into the Red River of the South. The Ouachita Mountains extend into the southern part of the county, along with associated ranges: the Winding Stair Mountains and the Kiamichi Mountains. Cavanal Hill is partly in the northern part of the county.[3]

Lake Wister, a flood control reservoir, is in the central part of the county.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

See List of U. S. counties bordering eight or more counties

National protected areas[edit]


Historical populations
Est. 201249,873−1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 48,109 people, 17,861 households, and 13,199 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 20,142 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.35% White, 2.21% Black or African American, 10.72% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 5.03% from two or more races. 3.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.7 were of American, 10.1% Irish, 9.6% German and 7.7% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 17,861 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,278, and the median income for a family was $32,603. Males had a median income of $26,214 versus $19,792 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,737. About 15.40% of families and 19.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.10% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over.

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of January 15, 2012[8]
PartyNumber of VotersPercentage


Presidential election results[9]
200869.32% 11,60530.68% 5,136
200461.31% 10,68338.69% 6,741
200054.82% 8,21543.62% 6,536


‡ – small portion in Latimer County

NRHP sites[edit]

The following sites in Le Flore County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Arkoma School, Arkoma
  • Choctaw Agency, Spiro
  • Peter Conser House, Hodgen
  • Dog Creek School, Shady Point
  • Jenson Tunnel, Cameron
  • Lake Wister Locality, Lake Wister
  • LeFlore County Courthouse, Poteau
  • Old Military Road, Talihina
  • Overstreet House, Cowlington
  • Poteau Community Building, Poteau
  • Poteau School Gymnasium—Auditorium, Poteau
  • James E. Reynolds House, Cameron
  • Shady Point School, Shady Point
  • Skullyville County Jail, Panama
  • Spiro Mound Group, Redland
  • Summerfield School, Summerfield
  • Terry House, Poteau
  • Trahern's Station, Shadypoint
  • Tucker School, Spiro
  • Twyman Park, Poteau
  • Williams School, Cameron


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d O"Dell, Larry. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "LeFlore County." [1]
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Crain, Harold. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Wister."[2]
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ http://www.ok.gov/elections/documents/reg_0112.pdf
  9. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 

Coordinates: 34°54′N 94°42′W / 34.90°N 94.70°W / 34.90; -94.70