Place:McAlester, Pittsburg, Oklahoma, United States

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NameMcAlester
Alt namesMacAlistersource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS40006666
MacAllistersource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS40006666
South McAlestersource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS40006666
TypeCity
Coordinates34.933°N 95.766°W
Located inPittsburg, Oklahoma, United States
Contained Places
Cemetery
North McAlester Cemetery
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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McAlester is a city in and the county seat of Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 18,363 at the 2010 census, a 3.4 percent increase from 17,783 at the 2000 census, making it the largest city in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, followed by Durant. The town gets its name from James Jackson McAlester, an early white settler and businessman who later became lieutenant governor of Oklahoma. Known as "J. J.", McAlester married Rebecca Burney, the daughter of a full-blood Chickasaw family, which made him a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.[1]

McAlester is the home of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, the former site of an "inside the walls" prison rodeo that ESPN's SportsCenter once broadcast.

McAlester is home to many of the employees of the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. This facility makes essentially all the bombs used by the United States military. In 1998 McAlester became the home of the Defense Ammunition Center (DAC), which moved from Savanna, Illinois, to McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.

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