|A marker commemorates the Boggy Depot's
Butterfield Overland Stage Coach stop.
|An old, abandoned road upon which many men, horses, wagons, and history have traveled.
|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
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.
Today, the site of Boggy Depot is a state
park, tucked away along isolated roads
and miles from any larger town. Its hidden
location makes Boggy Depot an adventure
to find - but it also lives up to its ghost town
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
|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)
I believe in ghosts. Though I didn't see anything, I believe I did witness something special. Whatever it
was, I decided it was best to leave the cemetery (no, I didn't run, though I felt like it...)
|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.
From Durant head north on hwy 69/75 to Tushka (6 miles south of Atoka). Once you see the sign for Tushka and the blinking school caution light, look for
the sign for Boggy Depot State Park. Turn west on Boggy Depot Road and the park is 8 miles down that road. It's a heavily traveled and well maintained
paved road. Boggy Depot Road stretches from the west end of Atoka County to close to 20 miles east.
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 znd the cover art shows him waist deep in the Boggy.
I also noticed you have written a book on Bonnie and Clyde. Have you been to Strongtown to see the shootout location? There is also the Confederate
Memorial Museum north of Atoka on hwy 69 to Stringtown. They have Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia including a purse found in the car stolen and
abandoned by Clyde Barrow in Atoka County. Many believe the purse may have belonged to Bonnie Parker though it has not been proven since she wad
in Texas at the time of the shootout.
Well just wanted to share some info about my hometown!
Shawna from Atoka, Oklahoma
|Here's some great information (including much better directions!) from a reader:
|Listen to / read this great NPR story on
the fate of Boggy Depot. My comments
are in the middle of the story.
Tribes Save Boggy Depot Park After State
|Surrounding Boggy Depot are still remains of
the past, like this wattle and daub house that
sits in a field.