Valliant was founded in 1902 as a result of the building of the railroad. A post office was officially opened here in 1902. The town of Valliant was named after Frank Valliant, an engineer with the railroad. This distinction came when the first Postmaster, Hosea Fowler, sold the first money order to Frank Valliant.
The land that Valliant is on was originally designated as Indian land and was part of the Choctaw Nation.
In 1904 the town was incorporated and the first mayor, Ransom Turley, was elected. A cotton gin was built in 1903 and flourished until the cotton market declined.
During the 1930’s Valliant had numerous Works Progress Administration (WPA) and National Youth Association (NYA) projects. One of these was the brick high school, gymnasium and shop building. The old rock gymnasium remains to this day.
In the 1960’s the Pine Creek Dam was built to control flooding. This brought new families to town and the lake draws people to the area for recreational activities.
The Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill, built in 1970 and the largest in the world at that time, brought jobs and prosperity to the Valliant area.
The mill in Valliant makes brown container board paper. Weyerhaeuser owns and harvests trees of the lands around Valliant and opens up to the public for hunting.
In 1989, the construction of the Terry-Hunt Community building was started, it also houses the Mattie Terry Public Library. This facility comes from the donation of land by Jackie Blackard, a granddaughter of the Terry family, and a grant from the Ruth Ray Hunt Philanthropic Fund. The Community Center was named in honor of James B. Ray, a longtime McCurtain County Clerk and Mrs. Hunt’s brother.
The face of Valliant has changed over time but you can still see glimpses of the years gone by. Families come and go but many remain to raise generations of children.
Valliant has a hometown atmosphere that doesn’t age as time goes by. It is a place to come back and remember the past.
The mild year round climate affords the outdoor enthusiast the opportunity to take advantage of many activities. An annual rain fall of 50 inches and an average temperature of 60 degrees makes for pleasant days with abundant sunshine.
Lush forests surround the landscape as a variety of hard wood trees make for a rich mix of color in the fall and shade in the summer. Lakes and rivers are plentiful for fishing, hunting and watersports.
U.S. Highway 70 runs through town and can bring you here from anywhere