Southwestern Duty Locations
The City of Gore, Oklahoma, established in 1903 at the southern edge of the Cherokee Nation in eastern Oklahoma, is known as the “Trout Capital of Oklahoma” owing to its location near many pristine lakes and rivers. In addition to year-round fishing, the area offers camping, hunting, scuba diving, and many other outdoor activities. The city itself boasts a number of antique stores and sponsors annual events such as car shows, arts and crafts festivals, and music festivals. With a population of approximately 1,000, Gore offers country living within easy highway driving of the larger cities of Tulsa, Oklahoma (74 miles) and Fort Smith, Arkansas (45 miles).
The City of Jonesboro, Arkansas, established in 1859, is the farming, retail, cultural, and medical center of northeastern Arkansas. Located on historic Crowley’s Ridge and bordered by rice land and the cotton fields of the fertile Arkansas Delta region, Jonesboro is home to Arkansas State University and offers many shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities. Jonesboro has been called the “City of Churches” with more than 75 churches representing most major denominations, and its nearly 56,000 residents enjoy a favorable climate, low cost of living, and low crime rate. Jonesboro provides nearly every convenience of a big city but with every comfort of a small town, while still being a short drive away from both Little Rock, Arkansas (130 miles) and Memphis, Tennessee (68 miles).
The City of Springfield, Missouri, established in 1838, is located in southwest Missouri on the Springfield Plateau of the Ozarks, a mountainous highland region of the central United States. Known as “The Queen City of the Ozarks” and as the birthplace of Route 66, the city has a population of almost 155,000, and features highly rated schools, an active arts and entertainment community, abundant medical facilities, and many beautiful neighborhoods. Springfield is home to several institutions of higher education, including Missouri State University and Webster University. In 2008, America's Promise Alliance ranked Springfield among its “100 Best Communities for Young People” for the third year in a row, and, in 2007, Worldwide Employee Relocation Council named Springfield among “The Best Cities for Relocating Families.” The region enjoys a temperate climate, and there are many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing. Several lakes and national forests are within easy driving distance, and Branson, Missouri, a popular entertainment destination, is a short drive away (44 miles).
The City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, established in 1898, is situated on the Arkansas River and historic Route 66 in northeast Oklahoma’s “Green Country.” It is home to unique museums and entertainment facilities, a vibrant music and arts scene, professional and collegiate level sports, year-round cultural celebrations, and abundant retail, dining, religious, and medical facilities. Tulsa has a population of nearly 400,000, and with the surrounding suburban and rural areas, that figure climbs to over 900,000. Nationally, Tulsa has enjoyed many prestigious honors, such as being selected one of America’s Most Livable Communities by the Partners for Liveable Communities organization in 2004, and being named the No. 1 place to live in the United States by Relocate America in 2009. Tulsa boasts an extensive bicycle trail network, many public golf courses, and easy access to area lakes and state parks. The city is also home to many institutions of higher education, including University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University, as well as branch campuses of several major university systems.