Welcome to the City of Idabel

City Hall

A progressive city in the Southeast corner of Oklahoma and the county seat of McCurtain County. In addition to housing this bustling county's government, we are also home to attractions and businesses, of which you can find information on this site.

A message from Mayor Tina Foshee-Thomas

On behalf of our City and the Idabel Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, I would like extend a warm welcome to the City of Idabel, the “Dogwood Capitol” of Oklahoma.   Being a small city located only a few miles from the Texas and Arkansas State lines, we take pride in our community and do our best to accommodate our out of town visitors.  Here you will find small town charm in a community full of friendly faces.

We, have quaint neighborhoods, incredible school systems, great medical facilities, a museum, great ball field facilities, two beautiful walking trails, three parks, a beautiful 18 hole golf course, and wonderful new public library.  Our downtown Main Street Program is currently working with the City of Idabel in constructing a downtown stage and amphitheater with bleachers and a beautiful spacious covered pavilion, to be completed in the next six months. We hope you find the accommodations throughout Idabel exceed your expectations.

Having celebrated our centennial birthday in 2002, we are a city of just over 7,000 people and the county seat for McCurtain County.  Our city has a rich history that dates back to the 1800’s when it was the primary domain of the Choctaw Nation and part of the Indian Territory.  Our main money crop in the old days was cotton, but, today ranching, farming, and the wood and timber industries are our solid leaders.

We look forward to growth in our city through economic development, and cooperation from dedicated citizens and organizations of our community, along with our business community.  We provide the best of police and fire protection and have wonderful water quality and quantity.   We are committed to striving to improve our infrastructure and enhance public facilities to promote growth and a better quality of life for all our citizens, from our seniors to our youth.

We invite you to come and see what makes Idabel special.  Spend some time at one of the beautiful lakes that are near us, or if shopping is your thing, visit our retail stores throughout the city or our shops in our downtown Idabel Main Street area, or visit the Museum of the Red River and see the completely reconstructed dinosaur skeleton that was found in our county, or simply choose to call us home.  Either way, we want you to feel welcome and we’ll be waiting for you. 


Tina Foshee-Thomas, Mayor
City of Idabel