This was such a tiny little building. It was originally constructed near Durant by Edward Bohanan soon after the War Between the States and was moved to the fort in the 1990's. Bohanan was a Teamster employed at the fort and later became a member of the Confederate Indian Brigade.more
For ninety years the buildings and grounds of Fort Washita collapsed in disrepair. Then, in 1962, Ward S. Merrick, Sr, contributed money to the Oklahoma Historical Society for the fort's purchase. Five years later the state legislature approved money for the restoration which still continues to this day under the guidance of the Oklahoma Historical...more
On the Upper floor were the sleeping areas with sturdy wooden bunks and what looked like lumpy mattresses. Ceilings were 14 feet and their were orderly rooms at either end of this floor. The company and mess rooms were on the ground floor and at each end of the building were rooms for food storage.more
Fort Washita - was established in 1842 and it was, at that time, the most southern post of the U.S. It was established to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians from the Plains Indians who had used this area for centuries for hunting and were not too keen on sharing. Throughout the 1840's and 1850's the post provided quarters for the U.S. Indian...more
July 4 - Celebration Mexican War Era program
October - Ghost Stories, Mid-1800's stories. Fort Washita (Reservations/Fee)
November - Candlelight Tour, Fort Washita (Reservations/Fee)
November - Mexican War Era encampment, Annual Fur Trade Era Rendezvous. Every year people gather at Fort Washita to relive the days of the fir trapper in the mid 1840s era.
Beware of stopping on bridges to take photos... you may want to look behind to see if any other cars are coming.
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....more
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...more