Near El Reno in Canadian County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Old Post about 2 mi. N.
Erected by Oklahoma Historical Society and State Highway Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts or Castles. In addition, it is included in the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Oklahoma Historical Society series lists.
Location. 35° 33.76′ N, 98° 2.18′ W. Marker is near El Reno, Oklahoma, in Canadian County. Marker is on Historic U.S. 66 2 miles north of Sunset Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Reno OK 73036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major General Jesse Lee Reno (approx. 5.1 miles away).
Regarding Fort Reno. Fort Reno, a military camp in 1874, was established to protect the personnel at the Cheyenne & Arapaho Agency. In 1875, the commanding officer was authorized to select a site for a military post. First known as the "Camp Near Cheyenne Agency," the location was named Fort Reno in honor of Major Jesse Reno in 1876. The cavalry and infantry stationed at Fort Reno played an important role in the transition of the area from Indian Territory status through Oklahoma statehood. United States Cavalry units, including the Buffalo Soldiers (the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry), and the Cheyenne & Arapaho Indian Scouts maintained the peace on the central plains until the turn of the century. The Fort Reno troops helped extract the "Boomers" from the Unassigned Lands of Indian Territory prior to their opening for settlement through the 1889 land run. The Fort Reno soldiers also assisted with other land runs in 1892 and 1894.
Also see . . . Fort Reno - Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (Submitted on January 25, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2011, by Christopher Suttle of Norman, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 1,143 times since then and 17 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on January 19, 2011, by Christopher Suttle of Norman, Oklahoma. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.