In relation to most Oklahoma towns, which were either founded upon the Sooner land rush or along rail road stations, Boggy
Depot got its start very early. By the late 1830s, Boggy Depot centered the Choctaw/ Chickasaw Nation, served as a stop along
the military road from
Fort Washita to Fort Smith, and would later become the seat of the autonomous Chickasaw Nation.

Early Beginnings
Boggy Depot grew in importance as cowboys along the Shawnee cattle trail, and travelers on the Butterfield Overland Stagecoach route,
passed through the town. Some enterprising men erected a toll bridge across Boggy Creek, supplanting the ferry crossing. Boggy
Depotians (if that's what they called themselves) built Oklahoma's first Masonic Lodge above a church, and a large school house
accommodated the area's families.

By the eve of the Civil War, Boggy Depot held all the trappings of a good sized town. An apothecary, mortuary, blacksmith shop, bakery,
hotel, and dry goods store ensured that the town dominated as a trading center. One could also find a flour mill, cotton gin, bois d'arc seed
mill (which sold seeds to  farmers who made bois d'arc fences), and a salt works. A Confederate camp comprised of mostly Chickasaw and
Choctaw soldiers was established just west of the town, and a Union ambush resulted in several deaths.

Lost Town
After the war, the Chickasaw and Choctaw national boundaries were redrawn. Boggy Depot ended up being in Choctaw territory, so many
of the Chickasaws abandoned the town to establish new settlements - such as New Boggy Depot- further west. The KATY railroad cut a
swath about 12 miles east of Boggy Depot along the Shawnee cattle trail, and Atoka gained prominence along the tracks. The Boggy Depot
post office stopped accepting mail in 1883.

Today, Boggy Depot consists merely of a few open fields in a small state park. A museum commemorates the town. All of the old buildings
are gone, although markers indicate what used to be where. The cemetery is the only visible remnant of this busy and interesting
Chickasaw town.
A marker commemorates the Boggy Depot's
Butterfield Overland Stage Coach stop
.
The remains of the Butterfield Overland Stagecoach route are clearly visible.
The Boggy Depot cemetery contains graves from the earliest settlers of Oklahoma (including that of Rev. Allen Wright, who coined the name
"Oklahoma.") The wall that surrounded these graves of prominent people has been dismantled by later settlers needing stones to build their
houses (dismantling cemeteries is a surprisingly common American practice!).

Along the wall, I found an old, folded piece of paper with a message written in ink: "Contact me if I can use these rocks." No name, date, or
address  was given, which I thought peculiar.
Ghostly Directions!

To get to Boggy Depot, you'll have to do
some winding around. From Durant, take OK
78 north, then take OK 48 north at the fork all
the way to Wapanucka. In Wapanucka, go
east on OK 7, then turn onto N3760 Road
(named something else; it's the 3rd street
about 2-3 miles east of Wapanucka). There
will be a sign on OK 7 indicating the road to
Boggy Depot State Park. Or, you can take
Park Road off US 75/69 between Atoka and
Tushka. Here's a map:
This hand carved, neglected stone in the cemetery provided me with more than a photo
opportunity. I had been taking pictures in the cemetery and upon rounding this stone, I smelled
perfume. The scent was pretty strong, although no one was around me. I could not see flowers
on any of the graves, and I don't wear perfume myself. My camera started acting up (weird
squiggly lines across the screen) moments later.
Chickasaw Ghost Town: Boggy Depot
Hi there. I came across your site while doing
research on Oklahoma and the Civil War. I'm
proud to say I'm from the Boggy Depot area
(Tushka which also has a fascinating history).
Technically I'm not from Boggy but I live on
Boggy Depot Rd. I wanted to tell you there is a
much better way to get to the park than the
directions on your site.

Incidentally Jerry Cantrell guitarist  for Alice In
Chains was raised in the area. Lain Lake Road
just south of Boggy is named for his
grandparents. In fact he titled his solo album
Boggy Depot and the cover art shows him
waist deep in the Boggy.

Well just wanted to share some info about my
hometown!

Shawna from Atoka, Oklahoma
From a Reader:
Listen to / read NPR on the fate of
Boggy Depot. My comments are
in the middle of the story.

Tribes Save Boggy Depot Park
After State Spending Cuts
Surrounding Boggy Depot are still remains of
the past, like this wattle and daub house that
sits in a field.
Questions or comments?
E-mail me:
robin@redriverhistorian.com
The Park has come under the
direction of the Choctaw Nation. It is
still a park but not under state
control.

Read about other
ghostly
adventures on my Blog.
The plat for Boggy Depot, 1902, on blueprint paper, shows that the town had shrunk considerably after being bypassed by the MKT line. (OHS)
Crossing the Boggy River in the early 20th century. OHS.