Town of Pocola
Incorporated March 18, 1963
Pocola is an Indian name for ten mile, which was the distance from the settlement to Fort Smith, Arkansas.
|Poocla's first Board of Trustees:
C.H. (Buster) Tery- Mayor
|Ted Coleman- First Clerk
P.W. Gray- First Treasurer
C.W. Harris- First Police Chief
Charles Henry- First Fire Chief
The first meeting was held at the school on April 16, 1963, later at the Coon Hunters Club until 1966 when a City Hall was built.
Points of Interest:
|1963: The Town of Pocola was established and a newly elected board of Trustees Began to shape our town and an Army surplus truck was obtained to use as a fire truck.||1977: A 1 cent sales tax for the Fire Department passed.|
|1963: Pocola population was 1453. The population grew to 3600 in 2003.||1979: A new fire department was build and is now fully equipped for most all emergencies.|
|1965: RWD #2 established with 250 users.||1985: Central National Bank of Poteau established a branch in Pocola. Pocola Health and Rehab was also built.|
|1965: Telephone service for Pocola.||1987: Pocola got its own Post Office with its own zip code.|
|1966: Pocola City Hall was built.||1991: Pocola's first stop light was installed at the corner of Hwy. 112 and Hwy. 271.|
|1968: A 1 cent sales tax passed for the General Fund.||2003: Pocola's second stoplight was installed at Hwy. 112 and Pryor St.|
|1975: Pocola Municipal Authority (sewer) was established. 370 users at this time. In 2003 users grew to 512.|
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