Day by Day with Daisy 2008-09 travel blog

Entrance to Fort

Visitor Center in Chaplain's Quarters

D H Cooper Cabin - Home of General Douglas Hancock Cooper

West Barracks - Vine Growing on Wall

West Barracks - Interior

West Barracks - View from Rear

South Barracks

South Barracks - Upper Floor Sleeping Quarters

Original Wagon Train Road to California Gold Fields 1840-1850

Chickasaw Burial Grounds Monument

Cemetery - With Some Modern Graves

Cemetery - Cenotaph of Gen. W M Belknap

Prairie Schooner

Confederate States Cemetery - Only Monument in Cemetery

Government Springs

This morning I drove to the Durant, Oklahoma area to visit a couple of attractions. My first stop was Fort Washita Historic Site, which is 16 miles northwest of town. I was very thankful for the cloud cover and cooler temperature (low 90s). It made my visit much more comfortable. The round trip was only 78 miles.

At the time it was established in 1842, Fort Washita was the southwestern most post in the United States. (Texas was still an independent republic.) The site was selected and named by General Zachary Taylor, who later became President of the United States. It was established by the 2nd Dragoons and was occupied by several rifle, infantry, cavalry and artillery companies. It was built to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw people from Plains Indians and wagon trains moving west. General Douglas Hancock Cooper was appointed U S Agent to the Choctaws and Chickasaws. He was buried here in an unmarked grave of unknown location. During the Mexican War and gold rush days, the fort became a center of activity. During the War Between the States it was occupied by Confederate forces. After that it was never occupied again by U. S. troops. ( – Private site by retired trooper)

By the time I had finished exploring, I was hungry. Back in Durant, I stopped at the Subway for a quick lunch and then headed for the Three Valley Museum on Main Street. Sadly, it was closed today due to the death of their founder. Her service was held this afternoon. I’ll return later.

On the way back to Lake Texoma, I stopped at RV Station in Colbert, OK to get a new water filter. My last stop was at Dollar General, also in Colbert, to get a few things. It beat having to drive into Denison.

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