Tom, Oklahoma

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Tom Baptist Church is shaped in the form of an Indian tepee.

Tom is an unincorporated small rural village in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States. It is the southeasternmost community in Oklahoma, in the midst of the Ouachita National Forest. At Tom, there are two churches, a food store, a civic center, a park, a cafe, a fire station, and a small hardware store; plus several homes. There is no gasoline station, public lodgings, medical service, post office, or other businesses or services.



The village was named for Tom Stewart, an early settler. A post office was established at Tom in 1916.


Tom is a few miles east of Ward Lake, [1] which is 251 acres (102 ha) in size. [2]

Further to the west is the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, which covers 5,814 acres and is managed cooperatively by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. [3] [1]

The Red River, a few miles to the south, has generally clear waters and an abundance of giant alligator gar, channel, blue and flathead catfish, and stripped, spotted, white, hybrid and largemouth bass; but there is limited river access. [4]

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