The population was 7, at the census. Idabel was established in by the Arkansas and Choctaw Railway later part of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway Frisco. The city was first named Purnell, after Isaac Purnell, a railroad official.
When postal officials rejected that designation, the name was changed to Mitchell, honoring another railroad company officer.
Postal officials also rejected because another post office of that name existed elsewhere in the territory. They named the post office Bokhoma a Choctaw word meaning Red Riverwhich opened December 15, Railroad officials then chose the name Idabel, a compound of the names of Isaac Purnell's two daughters, Ida and Bell.
The post office was then renamed Idabel.
For its first four years, Idabel local government was the responsibility of the Choctaw tribe for the Indians themselves. The national government was responsible for enforcing the law among non-Choctaws. Inthe citizens elected their first mayor and established a mayor-council form of government.
At the time of statehood, November 16,the town was designated as the county seat of McCurtain County. A census in that year reported residents. Bythe population had grown to 1, Inthere were 3, residents, but the number fell to 2, in Growth resumed by the end of the Great Depression in the late s. According to the United States Census Bureauthe city has a total area of The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters.
As of the census  ofthere were 7, people, 2, households, and 1, families residing in the city. The population density was There were 3, housing units at an average density of The racial makeup of the city was Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.
There were 2, households out of which The average household size was 2. In the city, the population was spread out with The median age was 34 years.
For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were Initially, timber was the basis for the local economy, but this was supplanted by cotton production after the nearby forests were cleared.
One cotton gin operated in Idabel inbut six were in business in However, the Great Depression, depleted soil and destructive pests essentially wiped out this industry around Idabel.
Landowners converted their properties to pastures and expanded beef production. Chicken farms were also established in the area and marginal agricultural land was turned into pine plantations.
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Location of Idabel, Oklahoma. Back row, L to R: Kim Corley, City Clerk/ Treasurer; Meryl Davis, Deputy.
Idabel is a city in and county seat of McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 7, at the census.