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McAlester (məkălˈĭstər) [key], city (1990 pop. 16,370), seat of Pittsburg co., SE Okla.; inc. 1899. A former coal-mining and farming community, McAlester has become a regional distribution center with a busy stockyard. Clothing, motor vehicles, chemicals, and animal feeds are manufactured and there is food processing. A munitions plant is nearby.

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