Today we drove to Fort Towson SHS about 225 miles ow via IH40 east and south on Indian Nations Turnpike to Hwy 70 east.Tolls are collected along the way amounting to $7.50.
Upon arrival we visited the museum and gift shop. The museum has a very nice display including the paddlewheel (refurbished} from the Heroine Paddlewheel that sunk in the Red River 2 miles from the fort in 1838 bringing supplies. In 1840 the Red River changed course during a flood and buried the wreck under a pasture near Swink. In 1999 the wreck was uncovered after a recent flood and excavation began. Most of the cargo had been salvaged after the wreck as well as all the crew saved.
|Museum & Visitor Center|
|Transportation Crossroads Marker|
|Outline of Fort|
|Model of Heroine|
|Refurbished Paddle Wheel|
|Signage on Discovery|
|Signage on the Sinking|
Fort Towson was established in 1824 as a frontier outpost. In 1829 it was abandoned and burned and reestablished in 1831 with the relocation of the Choctaw tribe. The fort was decomissioned in 1854 and served as a Confederate command post during the Civil War. North of the fort is Doaksville where General Stand Watie, the last Confederate General surrendered June 23 1865. We did not have time to visit this site which consists of Archaeological remains.
Dorothy Jane Orton was the first Oklahoma woman to enlist in the WAC achieving the rank of Captain and serving 12 years.She was the prime mover in the restoration and preservation of Fort Towson..
|Monument to Dorothy Orton|
Located on the site is the reconstructed Sutler's store, cannon, signage and remains of the barracks and other buildings.
|Reconstructed Sutler Store|
|Site of Fort Towson with Remains|
On the route home we decided to take Hwy 70 west to IH 35, stopping in Ardmore for a quick dinner at Freddy's. Got back around 700PM. Weather is still hot and humid in high 90's. Looking forward to cooler weather.