Fort Washita Historic Site, Durant

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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  • Very large total land area with remains of a Civil War era fort.Very well maintained grounds. Informative staff. Covered picnic tables. Civil War Cemeteries. foundations of original buildings.  more »
  • Actually very little of the Fort remains. The barracks burned a few years ago and only the walls still stand. For history buffs still a great place to go  more »
  • The gentleman who spoke to us about the fort was knowledgeable and helpful. The park was very well maintained. We will be back and hopefully the South Barracks will be restored by then.
  • Nice place. The 1800s reenactment was pretty fun. Some really cool stuff. Not as authentic as I thought it would be, but looking for a great time outdoors with the whole family and do some knives throwing or basket making or weaving and a bunch of other stuff, then you should check it out.

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