|How to Get There
To get to Fort Towson, take Hwy 70 either
east of Hugo or west of Idabel. The road to
the fort lies on the western side of the city of
Fort Towson, almost directly across the
entrance to Raymond Gary State Park.
Admission is free, but donations are
acceted! Alternately, you can click on the
map below to show you the way.
|Fort Towson is a small place, with a few relics of its role in frontier times. The 1857 Cannon and the cistern
and flagpole grace the fort's parade grounds.
|The well on the parade grounds was
re-constructed. Most of the fort lies in ruins,
as settlers used the abandoned structure to
build their own homes.
|Choctaws and Chickasaws settled around
the fort, building academies, churches,
farms, plantations, and towns. Doaksville,
named after a trading post established by
Josiah Doaks. The village became a trading
center, where cotton was shipped over the
Red River and several roads that led to Fort
Smith, Natchitoches, and Clarksville