“20 Rural Counties to Call Home”
In the April/March edition of American Cowboy magazine, Pushmataha County was listed as one of the top 20 rural counties from across the west for living out one’s cowboy dreams. Area’s that were selected came equipped with plenty of sky, grass and remote, each which come together to form a “fine destination well worth a visit -- or relocation.”
This article was a tribute to America’s “fly over states” as rural America has never been more attractive. Family values are still alive and well, wide-open vistas and clean air surround us and there is plenty of room for horses, cattle and big dreams.
Along with Pushmataha County (the only county representing Oklahoma), were counties from Arizona, California, Colorado, the Dakotas, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Texas.
The following is an excerpt from the article that was published in American Cowboy:
“Nestled between the Kiamichi and Blackjack Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma, Pushmataha County is entirely rural, making it appealing for anyone looking for a place to live, ranch or ride. Choctaw Chief Pushmataha, the county’s namesake, first settled the area with his tribe because of its plentiful fish and deer populations. Later, the early settlers were French, and the county blossomed thanks to timber production and cotton and grain cultivation. Horse breeding thrived and so did the cattle industry. Known as the ‘Deer Capital of the World,’ Pushmataha attracts legions of hunters in the fall and fishermen year round. Land prices remain reasonable here, making Pushmataha an ideal spot for the Western lifestyle.”
Directly after the article, Choctaw and Pottawatomie Counties received honorable mentions.
Finley local, Shyrl Hill, made contact with the editor of American Cowboy, Philip Armour, who after talking with Hill for over 20 minutes, asked her to write a “Letter to the Editor” for their publication describing the rural way of life that we enjoy in Pushmataha County.