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    At 1907 statehood McCurtain County was established with Idabel designated as the county seat. The name McCurtain honored a prominent Choctaw family, three of whom had served as principal chiefs of the tribe.
    When created, the county was sparsely settled, having a population of only 13,198 in 1907. There were no roads, as such, only wagon trails. Ferries provided means of crossing the major streams since there were no bridges. Choctaw tribe members had accepted allotment of land in severalty, and their homesteads were not taxable for twenty-one years, leading to financial problems in establishing county government. Prior to 1902 the county had no towns, in the usual sense of that term. Many small trading posts existed along the various trails, and each usually had a post office. When the Arkansas and Choctaw Railway (later the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway) was built across the area in 1902, the towns of Valliant, Garvin, Purnell (later Idabel), and Harrington (later Haworth) were surveyed and platted. The Choctaw Lumber Company later established Wright City (initially Bismark) and Broken Bow. The Miller Lumber Company surveyed and platted Millerton.


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    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
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  • The Oklahoma State Archives provides an excellent library of genealogy records including: Commissioner of Confederate Pensions Applications, 1915-33, Commissioner of Confederate Pensions Pension Files, 1915-49, U.S. District Land Office Homestead Registers, 1889-1908, Oklahoma Supreme Court Applications to the Bar, 1907-42, Oklahoma Board of Medical Examiners Deceased Files, 1907-86, Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy Deceased Pharmacist Files, 1907-75, and Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners Inactive License Files, 1921-84.

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County Clerk
108 North Central Ave.
Idabel, OK 74745
Phone (580)286-7428
Court Clerk
108 North Central Ave.
Idabel, OK 74745
Phone (580)286-3693

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