So you’re moving to Oklahoma, land of musicals, oil and wheat. While the northwestern part of the state deals with manufacturing and services, you’ll be in the southeastern corner of the state. You’ll be amidst some of the most breathtaking country you’ve ever seen. Rushing rivers and reflective lakes run through forests of majestic proportions. But that’s not all. You get mountains! Broken Bow rests at the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains which in turn is part of the Ouachita Mountains. If you’re into wildlife, then bring along your binoculars, your cameras and your canvases and paints while you see the bald eagles, mink, bears, bats, bobcats and many more furred and feathered critters.
What about Work?
You’ll have plenty of that. According to livability.com, there are over 2,000 businesses in town, which speaks well of entrepreneurship in the area. Otherwise, all those trees mean paper, lumber, fiberboard, oriented strand board and much more. Huber Engineered Woods, Pan Pacific,Weyerhauser and International Paper are the largest employers in the area. Moving to guides will give you a blurb about employers, but we know you depend on us for a better picture:
- Tyson foods deals with chickens on farms, feed mills and in processing plants
- Drive a truck? Talk to Daryl Thomason or Jimmie Tucker
- Setco makes tires for large machines
- River Mountain Manufacturing makes log furniture
Of course, UPS and FedEx have a presence in town, speaking well of its entrepreneurial sector.
Is the Food and Shopping Good?
Aside from the usual pizza places and sub shops, wine and beer are the order of the day in Broken Bow. Taste them, buy some and learn more about your new town at Girls Gone Wine or Fish Tails Winery and Vineyards or at Beaver’s Bend Brewery. Home cooking is available from Bunch’s and from Beaver’s Bend Restaurant and Country Store. Feel more like Mexican? Go to Papa Poblano’s. The Oaks Steakhouse and Gifts speaks for itself. Shady Oak Restaurant makes hamburgers like your grandma used to make. Awesome!
Youngblood’s is a boutique shop in Broken Bow with something for everyone:
- Children’s clothing
- Vera Bradley jewelry
- Home décor
- Fiesta dishes
Anything Else I Should Know?
Most towns offer welcome packages upon arrival. They contain information on schools, churches, change of address forms, doctors, hospitals, and coupons for food, household items and dozens of other things. What you want to know is if anything is happening around town. Oh, yes! You’ll be busy from February clean up to Christmas, to-wit:
- In June is the Owa-Chita Festival of the Forest
- The Owa-Chita Art Festival
- The Owa-Chita Golf Tournament, all at Beaver’s Bend State Park
- In July is the Idabel Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
- Fireworks at Warrior Stadium
- Watermelon Festival in Valliant
- Wright City Rodeo
- September is the county fair most everywhere. In McCurtain County, it’s at the Idabel Fairgrounds
- Masters of Wood Art Exhibit in Broken Bow
- The Gem and Mineral Show in Idabel
- October is all about Halloween. Do it safely on Main Street
- In November it will be the Beaver’s Bend Folk Festival and Craft Show
- December of course is all about Christmas. Do it up right at Idabel’s Christmas Parade
- Or the Christmas Parade in Broken Bow
- Be sure to catch the parade in Valliant
- As well as the tree lighting ceremony in Broken Bow
Own a rifle and want to get some hunting in? Are you a fisherman par excellence? Are you the type that walks about communing with nature? Broken Bow’s gotcha covered. Lake Broken Bow has all the bass you can catch: spotted bass, large and small mouth bass and sand bass in addition to crappie and walleye. Rabbit, deer, bears, quail, turkeys, doves and ducks are just a few critters that make hunting fun. You’ll need a guide and a license, though, to do it right, and they are all listed.
So grab your outdoors gear, pack a lunch and get into those mountains! You’ll have plenty of time, because when we move you, all you’ll have to think about is where to go do all these wonderful things! Please do contact us to learn more.