|The fort lies about 14 miles north west of Durant. To get there, take US Hwy 78
north from Durant. Turn west onto OK 199 for about 4 miles, and Fort Washita
will be on a slight rise to the north.
|Inside the West Barracks ruin
|The Military Road (with reconstructed administration building and parade grounds in the background) also served as a pioneer trail, which met
up with the Fort Coffee's Trading Post at Preston,Texas (now under Lake Texoma's waters). The road doubled as the Butterfield-Overland Stage
Coach and Mail route.
|Fort Washita: Chickasaw Fortitude
|Reader M. Smith shared this news with Red River Historian:
Great website! You may already know this but the restored military barracks at Ft. Washita, 15 miles East of Madill, OK burned to the
ground thanks to the antics of 3 apparent ne-er-do-wells. Got onto the premises at night, built a fire in one of the fireplaces and it got out of
hand. I live in the 155 year old town of Pauls Valley, OK.
The Fort Washita barracks have been restored! For more information, go to Civil War Album.
|FYI: Fort Washita (in fact, the entire area surrounding Fort Washita) is allegedly haunted. Ghosts and spirits have been sighted on many
occasions, even by seasoned park personnel.I even had my own ghostly encounter at Boggy Depot, a nearby ghost town that was once the
seat of the Chickasaw Nation. To celebrate this spookiness, Fort Washita hosts ghost stories on the weekend before Halloween. Call
580.924.6502 to learn how to participate in this fun event, or visit them online.
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|The West Barracks scenic ruin once was home to the Colbert family, prominent Chickasaw leaders, but the home burned down in 1917.
|In Fort Washita, you can marvel at the old ruts along the "gold road" - an emigrant trail that ran through California that was also used by the
Butterfield Overland Stage Coach.