Gary and I attended the annual Fort Washita rendezvous yesterday. Here is a brief history of the fort from the “walking tour guide” brochure we were given:
“Fort Washita was established in 1842 near the Red River border with the Republic of Texas. Its purposed was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians from the Plains Indians in western Indian Territory. From 1842 until the outbreak of the Civil War, the post was the U. S. Indian Agency for the Chickasaw and Choctaw. On April 16, 1861, the fort was abandoned by U.S. forces and occupied by Confederate troops throughout the Civil War. The post was never reoccupied by the U. S. Army.
Chickasaw and Choctaw Indian agent and former Confederate General, Douglas Cooper, lived on the property until his death in 1879. The Colbert family moved onto the site sometime in the early 1880s. When tribal lands were allotted to tribal members in the early 1900s, the property was allotted to the Colberts. The Oklahoma Historical Society purchased the fort in 1962 thanks to a generous gift from the Merrick Foundation. Fort Washita was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.” (The Historical Society recently sold the fort to the Chickasaw nation.)
Gary and I have attended this event for many years and always enjoy it. These are just few of the photos we took. And I can’t post these without including a photo of the South barracks, taken in 2010, before the fire.