Latimer county, created at statehood in 1907 and is named for J.S. Latimer, the Representative to the Constitutional Congress from this area, is located in southeastern Oklahoma just west of the Ouachita National Forest with Wilburton serving as the county seat.
The major recreation areas in the county are the northern section of Sardis Lake in the southern portion of the county and Robbers Cave State Park in the north. In addition, the Sansbois Mountains straddle the county line with Haskell County.
Higher education is available at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.
History in the county can be revisited through trips to the Colony Park Pavilion, the Great Western Coal and Coke Company Building and Mitchell Hall on the EOSC campus, all in Wilburton.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 10,204, a decrease of 129 over the 1990 census.
Other Oklahoma Counties nearby:
(Coalgate) Coal County
(Stigler) Haskell County
(Wilburton) Latimer County
(Poteau) Le Flore County
(Euraula) McIntosh County
(McAlester) Pittsburg County
04/13 Coming to The Wilburton area
National Poultry Festival Rogers AR June14-15 In addition to a music concert, the weekend events includes a golf tournament, fishing tournament, skeet shoot, horseshoe tournament, ladies luncheon, motorcycle rally, kids’ activities, ice cream socials, a barbecue cooking contest, and a barbecue fair where delicious food can be sampled.
Johnson County Peach Festival Clarksville AR July25-28 Johnson County Peach Festival is the oldest festival in the State. Concessionaires bring their wares from good ol' home cookin' to handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy live entertainment and don't miss the Peach Cobbler Bake-Off and Jam/Jelly Contest.
Hope Watermelon Festival Hope AR August9-11 Watermelon Olympics, melon judging and auction, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, melon toss, antique engine show, entertainment and SW Arkansas' largest arts and crafts show.
Tulsa Greek Festival Tulsa OK September19-21 Build your own Greek dinner, enjoy some Greek desserts, buy a Greek cookbook with an area flavor, and imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of Mediterranean life.
Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival West Newton PA August24-September29 Jousters will compete in the Jousting Arena, while the smallest of the kingdom can enjoy their time in the New Children's Realm. Also a Pirate’s Pub and a New upscale Crafts Marketplace. Weekends only.
Arkansas Apple Festival Lincoln AR October4-6 The centerpiece of the festival is the unequalled variety of arts and crafts, featuring works of some of the most talented artisans in the Ozarks. One of the highlights of the Arkansas Apple Festival is the Apple Core Throwing Contest, a test of strength, accuracy, aerodynamics, and just plain luck.