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Fort Washita Historic Site, Durant

(4.6/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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 was my second visit to Fort Washita. Both times the person at the museum was generous with their time, extremely knowledgeable and welcoming of my many questions. Definitely worth a visit especia...  more »
  • This is a place I visited many times as a child. I didn't realize the significance of it until I became an adult. I visited during a Halloween event where they tell ghost stories. I really enjoyed it ...  more »
  • A very interesting and peaceful place. Made all the more rewarding my the informative and personable staff. Apparently changes are afoot with the Chickasaw nation taking over operation of this site so...  more »
  • 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!
  • Loved this place as a kid. Still have the toy muskets my dad bought me.
  • One heck of a walk, staff were super nice. Pretty good deal.
  • A few things to see inside but most everything else is a walk. They need donations to help rebuild one of the buildings they lost to arson.
  • Awesome place, people when you go there respect the dead !!!