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Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Towson

The Red River Journey

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
1. Fort Towson Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1824, Fort Towson is Oklahoma's second oldest fort. The original installation, located on the Red River near the mouth of the Kiamanchi River, was abandoned in 1829 and reactivated in 1830 on Gates Creek, just northeast of the present-day town of Fort Towson. The fort served as one of the primary destinations of the Choctaws when they were forced to move from their ancestral homes. Soldiers from the fort removed squatters and criminals from the area and constructed military roads.

Confederate forces also used the fort during the Civil War. On June 8, 1865, two months after the war ended in the east, Cherokee General Stand Watie surrendered his Confederate Indian troops at the fort.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesNative AmericansWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is June 8, 1865.
 
Location. 35° 29.619′ N, 97° 29.827′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker can be reached from Nazih Luhdi Drive west of North Laird Avenue. Marker is part of
Fort Towson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
2. Fort Towson Marker
Marker is where the red arrow points
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the Red River Journey pathway, which is on the grounds of the Oklahoma History Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Nazih Luhdi Drive, Oklahoma City OK 73105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Miller County Controversy (here, next to this marker); Steamboat Heroine (here, next to this marker); Kiamichi River (here, next to this marker); Jones Plantation (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Towson (here, next to this marker); Alikchi Court Grounds (a few steps from this marker); The Great Raft (a few steps from this marker); Expedition of Bernard de la Harpe (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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