Broken Bow Today
The City of Broken Bow is located in the Southeast comer of Oklahoma, in McCurtain County. Broken Bow is nestled at the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains and surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. The Mountain Fork River, Glover River and Broken Bow Lake are pristine bodies of water with outstanding fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming and diving opportunities. The 2000 population census reported the county with a population of 34,402 with 4,230 living in Broken Bow. Our average summer temperature is 80 degrees and we receive over 50 inches of rainfall annually, creating green forests and keeping our streams, rivers and lakes full and clear.
Our public library is 17,000 square feet, offering a large selection of books, videos, computer / Internet usage, periodicals, etc. The Library checks out over 108,000 items annually. The Broken Bow Public Library was completed in 1998 and is funded through a 1/4 cent sales tax approved by the citizens.
Senior Citizens Center
An additional 1/4 cent sales tax was passed by the citizens to fund a new senior citizens center. The Nutrition Center was completed in 2003 and serves over 5,000 meals monthly 'in addition to providing a beautiful setting for the seniors to meet, play cards, dominoes and bingo. The Nutrition Center is located next to the lake in the City's 40-acre park.
Nearby is a 28 unit senior citizens village complex. The complex was completed in September 2005 and has an additional 4 units in the planning stage.
In 1994, Broken Bow established an electric utility as a support to relocate and re-open a Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) Plant. Since that time, the electric system has built additional lines that now serve the MDF plant, Huber Engineered Woods OSB plant, a Choctaw Travel Plaza, a Micro-Tel Motel, a Subway sandwich shop, the Choctaw Gaming Center and the Regional Fire Training Center built next to the municipal airport. We are currently in the licensing process for 10 megawatts of hydropower. Broken Bow has the building and operation of the hydro-generation in its capital improvement plan.
Broken Bow has a 218 +/- acre industrial site which is currently under rail use and which we intend to expand. The main existing facility under roof is greater than 264,000 square feet. There are two other buildings with square footage of 18,120 and 2,000. Additional pad is already poured and available. At one time, a portion of rail track (enough for 10-15 cars) was under roof along the dock. The track is still in place; however the building has been removed.
Broken Bow has two national delivery trucking companies. Jimmy Tucker Trucking and Daryl Thomason Trucking specialize in finished wood products; together they have about 276 tractor-trailer rigs. The DQE/TOE railroad operates in Southwestern Arkansas and Southeast Oklahoma, providing services to a number of industries. They transport pulpboard, woodchips, lumber, plywood, chemicals, grain, etc. In 2005, the railroad handled 46,950 car loads in McCurtain County. They have 2,700 railcars, 11 locomotives, and have an annual payroll of $2.3 million (in Oklahoma).
Broken Bow Housing Authority is progressive and innovative. It created an Affordable Housing Homeownership Program designed from the beginning to use public housing funding to build new homes to provide low-to-moderate-income families with the opportunity to purchase a home of their own. The award winning Affordable Homeownership Program, established in the early 1990's, has been widely imitated nationwide and praised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Broken Bow Housing Authority has gained national fame for building unique, attractive houses that defy the cheap look often associated with public housing developments.
The Affordable Homeownership Program has revitalized some of the older areas of the city by replacing dilapidated housing with new homes, creating new neighborhoods, and providing a spur to the economic development and growth of the community. The Affordable Housing Program provides families with a pride of ownership that gives the families a stake in their neighborhood, creating interest in the activities and direction of their community.
Tourism at Broken Bow Lake has developed into a significant segment of the economy. The lake area parks are utilized by many with the majority of visitors coming from the Shreveport-Bossier City, Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City-Tulsa metroplexes. The fishing, camping, golfing, hiking and trail riding attract some 2,000,000 visitors per year. In addition to the park areas, there are some 500,000 acres open to the public in the Three-Rivers Wildlife Management Area. The U.S. Forestry Service has an additional 100,000 acres of open public land. Beavers Bend is one of five "State Resort Parks" in Oklahoma. It was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corporation, and expanded in the 1970's to include the 14,000 acre Broken Bow Lake. The park also includes a challenging 18-hole golf course that is listed as one of the top five courses in Oklahoma.
Broken Bow Public Schools are the most outstanding schools in this part of the state and they continue to strive for improvement at every opportunity. Their mission is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and character to become lifelong learners, productive workers, and respectful, responsible members of our community. The schools offer Advanced Placement classes for those students wishing to excel in English, Spanish, science, calculus, history and government. They have exceptional fine arts classes, vocational classes, and athletic teams. Numerous awards have been won by the speech and drama department, band, and sports teams. BBISD has a sports complex, Grace C. and Walter L. Ray Activities Center, which includes an indoor walking track, basketball and racquetball courts, aerobics, weight-lifting, and sauna rooms. The district wide emphasis is on reading, mathematics, and technology. The BBISD website is at www.bbisd.org.
Broken Bow has the desire to provide infrastructure and services to new industrial clients. We are willing to put our resources to work in a manner tailored to meet specific needs. We don't pretend to have all of the answers but we are willing to work together to find the right solution.