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Spiro in Le Flore County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Coffee

 
 
Fort Coffee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Manning, October 6, 2014
1. Fort Coffee Marker
Inscription.  
Established June 16, 1834, by 7th Inf., and named in honor of Gen. John Coffee of Tennessee. Abandoned by U.S. Army in November 1838. In 1842 site selected by Choctaw Council and established as Ft. Coffee Academy for Boys. During Civil War buildings used as barracks by Confederate forces. In Oct. 1863 captured by Federal troops and principal buildings burned.
 
Erected 1995 by Oklahoma Historical Society. (Marker Number 192.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesNative AmericansWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 16, 1832.
 
Location. 35° 14.429′ N, 94° 35.722′ W. Marker is in Spiro, Oklahoma, in Le Flore County. Marker is on State Highway 9, 0.2 miles west of Daisy Lane (County Route N4735), on the right when traveling east. Actual location of Fort Coffee is approximately 5.5 miles north of the marker along the Arkansas River on private property. Touch for map. Marker
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is at or near this postal address: 2001 E Broadway St, Spiro OK 74959, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Choctaw Agency (here, next to this marker); Skullyville (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Skullyville (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of Backbone Mountain (approx. 6.4 miles away); Reynolds Castle (approx. 7˝ miles away); Chief Mosholatubbee (approx. 11˝ miles away); William O. Darby (approx. 13.7 miles away in Arkansas); Defending Fort Smith (approx. 13.7 miles away in Arkansas). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spiro.
 
Site of Fort Coffee from East image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Manning, March 26, 2013
2. Site of Fort Coffee from East
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 703 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2014, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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