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How To Spend an Afternoon in McAlester

Living in a small community never means losing sophistication and style. McAlester boasts some of the finest dining, shopping and enriching activities in the state.

Museums & Visitor Attractions

J.G. Puterbaugh House & Garrard Ardeneum
Once the home of J.G. Puterbaugh, one of the founding fathers of the coal business in McAlester, this home and its grounds are now home of the Chamber Headquarters. 

The Garrard Ardeneum, adjacent to the home, is owned and operated by Mr. Puterbaugh’s niece, Alice. Visitors will enjoy the tranquility of beautifully landscaped gardens and a step into the past with antique furnishings, maps, photographs, and historical items.
5th & Adams Street, McAlester, (918) 423-8555-Ardeneum

J. J. McAlester Mansion
14 East Smith, Construction begin in 1870 and was completed in 1885 with the additions and remodels. The original cabin/trading post was incorporated into the mansion is located to the east of the main living quarters. The old homestead was added to the National Register of Historical places in 1980. Tours available Friday afternoons by appointment- call (918) 423-8620.

Krebs Heritage Museum
History of Krebs and of the area by immigrants from Europe, as well as other countries. This museum is located in the vicinity of the Old Opera House and Dreamland Theatre. Coal mine, Native American and early American Cultures are represented in this historic museum.
85 Main Street Krebs, (918) 426-0377

Masonic Temple
Once, this magnificent Scottish Rite Temple had the largest stage west of the Mississippi. Tour by appointment only. 2nd & Adams Street, McAlester, (918) 423-6360

McAlester Building Foundation
Housed in the old McAlester High School Building, this museum features several rooms of area memorabilia. Featured are Native American exhibits, school memorabilia, a graduate hall of fame, telephones, and an art exhibit room. The Coal Miner’s Museum is also located in the building.
220 E. Adams, McAlester (918) 423-2932

Old Town Historic District
The original city of McAlester is a wonderful place to spend the day. Antique shops, bakeries, restaurants, and more. Annual events & shows sponsored by the Old Town Association held several times per year. Located on North Main. For event information contact (918)423-8620

Oklahoma Prisons’ Historical Museum
Exhibits include "Ol Sparky," Oklahoma’s electric chair, as well as many other items pertaining to prisons.
Stonewall & West Street, McAlester, (918) 423-4700.

Pioneer Coal Miner Memorial
A life-size bronze statue and "wall of memories" pays tribute to the thousands of coal miners who worked the mines and lost their lives. More than 1,700 names are inscribed in the wall.
Chadick Park, S. 3rd Street, McAlester.

Pittsburgh County Genealogical & Historical Society
This facility is made available for the public’s enjoyment and for research purposes. The building features historical exhibits, including information on Indians and Indian artifacts.
113 E. Carl Albert Parkway, McAlester, (918) 426-0388.

Rainbow Girls Headquarters
This facility is the headquarters for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, a Masonic organization for girls.
315 E. Carl Albert Parkway, McAlester, (918) 423-1328

Tannehill Museum
This museum features a collection of guns and weapons. Open by appointment only.
500 W. Stonewall, McAlester, (918) 423-5953

Tobusky Indian Court House Museum
The first courthouse in McAlester, located at 315 E. Krebs in Old Town Historic District. Contact Old Town Association for information 423-8620