Fort Washita - Durant, Oklahoma - Texoma Connect

Fort Washita – Durant, Oklahoma

Business Address
3348 Hwy 199
City
Durant
State
OKLAHOMA
Zip Code
74701
Phone
(580) 924-6502
Description

Build in 1842, Fort Washita was the southwestern-most military post of the united States.  Fort Washita was assigned the responsibility of maintaining peace for the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations within their new lands, pursuant to treaty obligations.  Threats to new home of the Chickasaw people came from attacks by Republic of Texas militia, interference by unscrupulous intruders, constant raids by Plains tribes, the presence of traders and trappers and unsettled scores with some of the Plains tribes due to disputes concerning hunting grounds.  Fort Washita operated as a United States military post until the start of the Civil War in 1861.  It was occupied by Confederate forces through 1865.  The fort was almost entirely destroyed by the Confederates as they fled at the end of the Civil War.

Group tours are available but must be scheduled in advance

Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

Sunday 1 – 4:30 pm

Historical Resource links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Washita

https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=FO046

https://chickasawcountry.com/history-culture/fort-washita-historic-site-museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

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