Sallisaw's establishment date is commonly given as March 17, 1886. On that date the Missouri Pacific Railroad, then known as the Kansas and Arkansas Valley Railroad, was completed into Sallisaw where three pioneer families were living. The community was incorporated in 1886 in the State of Arkansas, where the town was located at the time. The railroad provided economic opportunity for farmers to market their agricultural products, mainly cotton.
Sequoyah County continues to be seen as a rural agricultural community. In 1919, the City of Sallisaw adopted a charter providing for a managerial form of government that continues to the present time.
About Sallisaw, as featured on Discover Oklahoma
2010 Sallisaw Community Analysis