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I have a book "Oklahoma Place Names"
by George H. Skirk
McAlester. Record town for recording District No. 15, Indian Territory. This townsite was 2
miles north of present McAlester. Post Office
established March 31, 1873, and name changed to North McAlester, May 11, 1907.
Until November 12, 1885, the official spelling for the post office was McAlister. Named for John
J. McAlester, prominent merchant and coal producer, member of the first Corporation Commision and second lieutenant governor of
McAlester. county seat of Pittsburg County. Formerly South McAlester. On February 5, 1890, a post office named south McAlester was established about 2 miles south of the original McAlester townsite and on May 10, 1907, its name was changed to McAlester, as a continuation of that given the earlier townsite.
Good Luck!! Brenda Ballew Griffin
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma