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Near Wheeless in Cimarron County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Nichols

7 mi S.W.

 
 
Fort Nichols image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Suttle, circa March 20, 2008
1. Fort Nichols
Located near Wheeless, OK on the Santa Fe Trail
Inscription. Established in May 1865, by Kit Carson, hero of Valverde and Brig. Gen., New Mexico Volunteers, to guard Santa Fe Trail and furnish escorts for caravans engaged in Santa Fe trade. Santa Fe Trail crossed this highway here and was first traveled by William Becknell's expedition from Missouri in 1823.
 
Erected 1963 by Oklahoma Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 47.198′ N, 102° 48.307′ W. Marker is near Wheeless, Oklahoma, in Cimarron County. Marker is on 325 Highway 3.5 miles north of E0190 Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located 0.5 miles south of the south entrance road into Black Mesa State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Boise City OK 73933, United States of America.
 
Regarding Fort Nichols. Fort Nichols was built by New Mexico and California volunteers under the command of Col. Kit Carson to protect travelers on the Cimarron Cut-Off of the Santa Fe Trail from raids by the Kiowa and Comanche Indians. The fort was established in 1865 and abandoned the next year; it was the only manmade structure along the Cimarron Cut-Off while it was an active route. At its
Fort Nichols image. Click for full size.
By USGS
2. Fort Nichols
The photo shows the outline and ruins of what remains of Fort Nichols
height, it included 25 buildings made of local sandstone, adobe and sod; but now only ruins remain. The site is located on private property and is not accessible to the public.
 
Additional keywords. Camp Nichols
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & Vehicles
 
Santa Fe Trail sign image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Suttle, circa March 20, 2008
3. Santa Fe Trail sign
This sign is next to the Fort Nichols historical marker. The trail's wagon ruts are located on the ground just behind the sign.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Suttle of Norman, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 1,008 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on , by Christopher Suttle of Norman, Oklahoma. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on . • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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