Agriculture and Social Events
 The economy of Indianola and the country around it was based on agriculture. A 25- acre farm was considered a large farm. Corn and other vegetables were sold at McAlester and Krebs for 10 to 15 cents a bushel. Before the first cotton gin was in the area, cotton was hauled to a horse gin in Canadian and a bale of cotton brought $50. 
 Cotton was the first major crop. At one time or another, there were at least 4 cotton gins and 3 grist mills in Indianola. One cotton gin ran 10,000 bales of cotton, and ran day and night. Other major crops over the years were corn, grains, soybeans, peanuts, and onions. In the early-to-mid twentieth century, farmers began raising onions in large quantities. For several summers, onion graders lined the street and occupied empty buildings. Buyers from all over Oklahoma and surrounding states transported large numbers of workers to harvest the crop. A large harvest during World War 2 brought two German prisoners of war from a camp north of McAlester to help in the fields. The onion gin was just west of the intersection of Second and South Street. In 1904, the Indianola Press served as the community's newspaper, followed in 1905 by the Indianola Enterprise.                                                                                                    
Indianola Arial
 Economic events propelled Indianola into decline beginning with the collapse of the cotton market in 1927 and the Wall Street crash in 1929, creating the Great Depression. In 1936, the worst drought on record hit the area, and in 1939 the rail service ended. A large number of Indianol area residents relocated to California, Oregon, Oklahoma City, and McAlester. In the following decades, Indianola changed from a boomtown to a quiet rural agricultural community. In 1940 the population stood at 311, dropping to 254 by 1980. In 1979 Choate's Cabin, built in 1867, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 2000 census reported 191 residents, and in 2010, 162 persons lived in Indianola
 Before 1900, social events were very simple. There was the Cotton Dance, The Green Corn Dance, community singing and Indian stick ball games that were held on the Perkins farm one and a half miles south of Indianola.
                                                                                                 By: Madison Arterberry
                                     Sources: Pittsburg County Oklahoma history book, Wikipedia