McAlester Tourism Department
119 E Choctaw Ste 101
McAlester, OK 74502
McAlester is the county seat and economic hub of Pittsburg County, located at the crossing of State Highways 69 and 270. Before the highways, McAlester could be found at the crossing point of the Texas Road and the California Trail. J.J. McAlester, the namesake of the town, was a merchandising frontiersman from Sebastian County, Arkansas who set up a general store in McAlester, then called North McAlester, or "Old Town." He built a log cabin as his home and opened it as a trading post in 1870. Family life for this one-time Confederate water boy began when he married Rebecca Burney, the daughter of a Chickasaw Chief in 1872, allowing him to take up legal residence in the Choctaw Nation.
Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): US-69
Located at the Southeast Expo Center.