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Federal Court moves to Poteau

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Thursday February 2, 2017 All Day
Annually on February 2

posted by Oklahoma Traveler

On February 2, 1900, the 56th congress revised the decision to house the Federal Court in Cameron.  Previously, all federal matters in Indian Territory went to Cameron, but due to the strong growth in Poteau, congress decided that the federal court should be moved there.

The process of moving the federal court to Poteau was noteasy.  All of the court records and furniture had to be moved to Poteau.  Tom T. Varner, son of Robert A. Varner, was a highly esteemed lawyer living inCameron.  When he heard that the federal court was moving to Poteau, he decided to move with it.  In addition to moving his practice, he also offered to move the entire Federal Court as well.

After loading all of the court documents in his wagon, it took him much of the day to travel eight miles to Poteau on rough and rugged road.  Several times along the route, Varner and his team had to stop the wagon in order to build temporary bridges.   Once in Poteau, Varner and his team quickly set about establishing the courthouse in the second floor of the McKenna building.


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