Muriel Wright, Oklahoma Historian

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Boggy Depot Plan numbers Depot Muriel Wright 1927 1. Gov. Allen Wright’s residence. 2. John. Kingsbury residence. 3. House built by Mr. Lore (cobbler). 4-5. Wood shop and residence of A. J. Martin. 6. Dr. T. J. Bond’s residence. 7. Store of Reuben Wright—later store of Edward Dwight. 8. Temporary schoolhouse (hewed logs)—later Aunt Lou’s bakery, 9. Apothecary shop. 10. Joseph J. Phillips’ store. 11. Mr. Maurer’s blacksmith shop. 12. Mr. Maurer’s residence. 13. Miss Mary Chiffey’s residence. 14. Brick Church—Hospital during the War. 15. Livery Barn. 16. J. J. Phillips’ residence. 17. James Riley’s residence. 18. Old graves. 19. Dr. Moore’s residence. 20. Barn for Stage Coach Company. 21. Capt. G. B. Hester & John Kingsbury store. 22. Dr. Bond’s office. Page 17 23. Store of Mr. Ford. 24. Barn for Hotel 25. Tom Brown’s blacksmith shop. 26. Capt. Charles LeFlore’s residence. 27. Col. Wm. R. Guy’s Hotel. 28. Old graves. 29. Capt. G. B. Hester’s residence. 30 New schoolhouse. 31. New Church—upper floor used by Masonic Lodge.

In 1927, Muriel H. Wright, a teacher and one of Oklahoma’s most detailed historians, mapped Boggy Depot (Atoka County, Oklahoma) from memories collected by her, her family, and other inhabitants. Today, Boggy Depot is a state park managed by the Choctaws, and the outline of the town is barely discernible.

Muriel Wright was the granddaughter of Rev. Allen Wright, principal chief of the Choctaw Nation from 1866 to 1870. She was born in Lehigh, Coal County, in 1889. Due to her prolific writing and research, she was one of the first people inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

current view

Current view of Boggy Depot. Not much there anymore!

The Boggy Depot cemetery is a treasure trove of Indian Territory history – graves include Choctaw and Chickasaw nation citizens. While none of the town’s buildings exist anymore, the outlines are still discernible if you don’t mind taking a walk. The Butterfield Overland Stagecoach made a stop at Boggy Depot before the Civil War, and if you squint, you can still make out ruts. On my sojourns through this very historic area, I did find a remnant of old Boggy Depot – a daubed log cabin, surrounded (and protected) by later additions.

cabin

If this daubed log cabin could talk, it would remember Boggy Depot when it was still inhabited. Between the state park and Atoka on Boggy Depot Road, Atoka County, Oklahoma.

ruts

Ruts from the Butterfield stage coach line are fairly discernible. (Boggy Depot, Atoka County, Oklahoma).

tombstone

D. J. Hendrickson was born in Dekalb Co., Tenn. Age 31 Yrs. Killed Feb. 26, 1864 Co. E 20th T.D.C. Regt. I am learning from my searches that T.D.C. might mean “Texas Dismounted Cavalry.” 20th (TEXAS) Cavalry Regiment, recruited in Hill County, TX, was organized during the spring of 1862 with about 850 officers and men. The unit was assigned to Cooper’s and Gano’s Brigade, Trans-Mississippi Department, and primarily confronted Federals in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma, VR) It was included in the surrender of the Indian troops at Doaksville on June 23, 1865. The field officers were Col. Thomas C. Bass, Lt Col Andrew J. Fowler and T.D. Taliaferro, and Majors Dempsey W. Broughton and John R. Johnson. (From Joseph H. Crute, Units of the Confederate States Army), p. 336

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