The Idabel which we now know is a city of the first-class, growing and expanding far beyond the wildest dreams of the founders who began a frontier village in the dense forests along the new railroad over a century ago.


These pioneers who first settled here undoubtedly had visions of development which would justify their investment of time, energy and resources…
-Louis Coleman, Author

Idabel Main Street honors the history of 100 hundred years. From the humble beginnings of the cotton trade and railroad, Idabel has become the ‘Dogwood Capitol of Oklahoma’. Today our downtown commercial district is home to the unique architecture of several historic buildings and original art murals. The restored three-story Rouleau Hotel (pronounced Roo’low and French for “Roll of Coins”) was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Future restorations and improvements are in progress, including a downtown beautification project.

It is the desire of Idabel Main Street to preserve all that history has given us and to work for progress by enhancing and promoting our unique assets to businesses and visitors alike.

Idabel is the county seat of McCurtain County in beautiful ‘Kiamichi Mountain Country’. Come see us!

What is the 4-point approach?

  • Organization
  • Promotion
  • Design
  • Economic Restructuring