LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey
The LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey is located at the corner of Dewey Avenue and Witte Street in Poteau, but the building itself is a historical site to see. A luxury hotel from the 1920s, the Hotel Lowrey was situated between two railroad lines in prime real estate when it was constructed. A unique design feature of the Lowrey is the unique tile in each bathroom purchased from different failing tile manufactures that reflects the work of local artisans.
The full service hotel provided a barbershop, a café, and numerous small shops in the building for its customers including businessmen. The first floor had an elegant two story lobby and café. On the second floor mezzanine a private dining room overlooked the lobby. The hotel was furnished with classic turn of the century good, serviceable furniture. The masonry construction helped cool the rooms in the summer and retained heat in the winter making it a true destination.
Beautifully restored in the 2008, the hotel has been repurposed as the LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey and a space for artifacts from around the county to be preserved and on display. The LeFlore County Museum fills the over 16,000 square foot, three story building with historical artifacts from the cities in LeFlore County including Heavener, Pocola, Talihina, Wister, Spiro, Pocola and many other communities in the area. Items already part of the museum include Spiro Mound artifacts, Poteau Runestone, a room dedicated to LeFlore County Veterans, antique furniture, an early 1900s cash register, photographs and more. Visitors will also see the original hotel accommodations in a restored state to be able to see what a premiere hotel from the 1920s and '30s had to offer.