Fort Washita lies between Durant and Madill (approx 15 miles) so its likely you will come out at one or the other. Madill was once Indian territory, and was part of the Chicksaw Nation from 1837 after they arrived from the east. 50 years ago Madill was sand streets, cotton wagons and metal awnings. Oil played a big part in the county's history. There it not alot in the township itself except the Texoma Peanut Inn which is the only reason we stopped - that and lunch too.
Durant lies east of Fort Washita and is known as the Magnolia Capital of the Oklahoma for its large number of magnolia trees which line the streets as well as those on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus. There is even an annual Magnolia Festival which is held the weekend following Memorial Day. The The Aviation Department of Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) which is based there, was one of the first in the country and is recognized as a leader in aviation.
Durant is also home of the headquarters of the Choctaw Nation, the third largest Indian tribe in the United States.The Choctaw were the first ones to settle in this area after they were removed from Mississippi.
You will also find The Worlds Largest Peanut - a 3 foot long man-made and still in the shell. It is a tribute to the region's peanut industry.