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Come! Let's make history!

Sometimes life has a strange way of making choices for you that you've never expected to become a part of. We've made plans many times only to see them disappear right before our eyes and be replaced by something that was meant to be and ultimately a benefit for a better way of life.

Valhalla Haus has entered a new transition to a new world (State), that of Southeastern Oklahoma. The area that we've been guided to is near the border of Arkansas close to Ft. Smith and is dotted with breathtaking views of beautiful hills and valleys; ponds, rivers and lakes, with four distinct seasons of temperate weather. We look forward to this new journey by summer of 2011. Wish Us luck and God-speed.

About Poteau, Oklahoma

Poteau is located in beautiful Southeastern Oklahoma, and is the county seat of LeFlore County. It is a growing, progressive city with an eye on the future and a historical heritage few other communities can match.

Poteau is the "Mountain Gateway" to the Ouachita Mountains and the 220,000 acres of the Ouachita National Forest. Poteau is surrounded by beautiful rolling mountain country, hills and lakes that provide ample opportunities for recreational activities such as, hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, stargazing,  horseback riding, hunting, fishing and extraordinary opportunities for solitude.. Hunting in these mountains for turkey, quail, rabbit, deer, elk boar and black bear is some of the best in the country.

Poteau, a French word for "post" , is located on the banks of the river bearing its name. Nestled in the fertile Poteau River Valley, it is almost completely surrounded by mountains. Looking eastward across the Poteau River, one can see the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain in the distance. On the southern horizon can be seen the Winding Stair Mountain Range, the foothills of the Kiamichi's where Talimena Scenic Byway is located. Immediately to the west is Cavanal Hill, the world's highest hill.

Various races of men have called this region home. Between 500 and 1300 A.D., Mound Builders built their temples and burial places in what is now the Spiro area and northern LeFlore County, and roamed southward into the mountainous regions of LeFlore County. It has been said that Mayan Indians pressing up from Mexico, Central, and South America may have clashed with the Mound Builders hundreds of years ago.

Runestones found in Poteau and Heavener have been cited as evidence of European travel in the Poteau River Valley prior to the historically recognized exploration of the area. A stone is currently located on Poteau Mountain just outside Heavener's city limits. There is much speculation as to the origin and meaning of the ancient stone's runic carvings, some even say that the stone is evidence of Viking people traveling to this area. There is such interest and curiosity in the stone and surrounding area that a state park has been erected around this mysterious rock.

Although it is possisible that Francisco Vázquez de Coronado may have explored the area around Poteau as early as 1514, the first "confirmed" European exploration of the area began in 1719 when the French explorer Bernard de la Harpe led an expedition to the Poteau area. The City of Poteau has its origin in 1885, with a few houses and Bud Tate's general store. In 1888 the Poteau post office was established, and the town of Poteau was incorporated on October 8, 1898. Also in 1898, a school was constructed of native stone. The building was erected through the contributions of the Poteau residents that voted to tax themselves $6,000 for the school, hoping that by educating their children it would provide them with a better future. This was the first free school in the Indian Territory.

The late United State Senator Robert S. Kerr loved Poteau so much that he built a home here and invested money into a ranch and cattle. With the growth of navigation on the Arkansas River, he saw the potential for Poteau to be a major city. He correctly pointed out to Poteau residents, that the Poteau River, with its mouth on the Arkansas River at historic Belle Point in Fort Smith, could be made navigable to the city of Poteau.

The Kerr Museum has artifacts spanning the entire "known" history of the Poteau River Valley, including Indian artifacts from various tribes, material dealing with the famous Runestones, artifacts from the Spiro Mound complex, and articles used by Oklahoma and western pioneers in the building of the Indian Territory of the Great West. This includes a collection of more than 300 types of barbed wire. In 1978 the museum was donated to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The museum was left intact and is open to the public, and is also available year round as a bed and breakfast, and a conference center.


Poteau Valley
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Poteau Valley
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Wolf Mountain
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Poteau Valley
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