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Poteau was founded in 1885. It was named from the Poteau River. A group of French explorers had given the river its present name during the early 18th Century. Poteau is a French word meaning outpost.
The Fort Smith and Southern Railway built a rail line through the Poteau area in 1886-1887, en route to Paris, Texas, including a station at Poteau. A Poteau post office opened in 1887. The Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad (acquired by the Kansas City Southern Railway in 1900) started serving the town in 1896. Poteau incorporated in 1898.