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Fort Washita Historic Site, Durant

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Fort Washita was established in 1842 in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, as the southwestern-most military post of the United states. The mission of soldiers stationed there was to protect recently immigrated Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians. Troops stationed here on a rotational basis during the 1840s included men from the 2nd Dragoons, U.S. Regiment of Riflemen, and the 6th, 7th and 5th Infantry Regiments. In the 1850s, soldiers from the 2nd and 3rd Artillery were at the fort on frontier duty. From 1858 to the beginning of the Civil War in 1961, members of the 1st Cavalry and 7th Infantry were present.

On May 1, 1861, the fort was abandoned by U.S. forces and was occupied the next day by Confederate troops from Texas. These southern soldiers used the fort as a headquarters for the remainder of the Civil War. After the war, the Chickasaw Nation was granted the old post grounds and buildings from the federal government. The Colbert family, prominent Chickasaws, owned the property until it was acquired by the the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1962. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
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  • This is a beautiful place to walk around and take family pictures. Lots of old buildings and trees for backdrop. You will learn a little when you're there if you talk to Jim or anyone that works there...  more »
  • I have camped at the fort many times, so many I can't count. I did a lot of activities there with Boy Scouts, in fact my eagle project was to build the current front fence to the fort. It is s great p...  more »
  • We went with the grandkids for a picnic and to spend some quality time with them. We had such a wonderful day exploring and relaxing. They have some old buildings that are perfect for Photos.  more »
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  • I was there with my 2 brothers my son and a cousin from Ardmore. My great-grandfather came to Fort Washita before it closed and work for the Fort commander at the horse and mule barn. He was 15 or 16 when he arrived there.His name was Frances Roberts and is buried in the Colbert Oklahoma cemetery with my dad's twin brother Burl Roberts.
  • My kid loves History so we go here every year to the reenactments
  • Lucky enough to catch Rendevous festival and everyone was in period attire etc
  • Neat place with lots of history.
  • tell the nit wit it isn't burnt down.....ONE building was burned by two little no good shmucks.....they should have been put in a labour camp for at least twenty years! The rest is quite unspoilt, quiet, peaceful, and for the most part, not too well discovered by the general public...long may it stay that way!

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