The Birth of Poteau began as a simple genealogy project. Over the course of several months, over two gigabytes of information had been collected on Poteau and the surrounding areas. Beyond the digital information that was collected, the researchers have also amassed several decades worth of newspapers, maps, court documents, photographs, and other related material.
As this material continued to pour in, it soon became apparent that much of the information that was collected was generally unknown to many of the residents of Poteau. In an effort to better preserve the history of Poteau, it was decided that all of this information should be compiled into book form.
Work on the book began in the winter of 2010 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012. Once complete, the book is expected to contain more than 300 pages of text and photographs that represent the history of Poteau from the first civilizations in the area to the Great Depression.
Once published, the Birth of Poteau is expected to retail at $40.
After moving to Oklahoma in 2003, Eric Standridge took on the name of "Oklahoma Traveler" and began to publish informative articles about interesting and little-known Oklahoma places. At first, this began as a personal hobby, but over the course of the next two years, it developed into a full-time business.
Previously, Eric has worked in the construction industry, in the information technology industry, and as a small business consultant.
Currently, Eric continues to write about Oklahoma's history and other interesting places in Oklahoma.
You can also find the author at historicdowntownpoteau.com
George Shaw is a long-time resident of the Poteau area. Currently retired, his career took him through many different fields. For several years, he had worked in the newspaper industry, which has given him a unique insight into the town of Poteau.
Mr. Shaw is a direct descendent of Judge D. A. Shaw and Nora Shaw, both former mayors of Poteau.
Currently, he is enjoying retirement.