Come Visit The Largest Town in Indian Territory in 1850 - Doaksville (Fort Towson, OK 74735)

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma

Fort Towson Oklahoma - Great Small Town with lots of history


Come visit the the largest town in Indian Territory in 1850 - Doaksville (Fort Towson, OK 74735)

Who knows, you might decide to move here and enjoy this historically rich area all of the time! It's right here in Choctaw County, Oklahoma. 

 

Who would ever guess that Fort Towson, Oklahoma with a population of only 611 on the 2000 census has within it's city limits the remains of Doaksville, Oklahoma which was the largest town in Indian Territory in 1850!Old Bank now Museum Fort Towson Oklahoma

 

 

Having the second military fort to be established in what later became Oklahoma, for protection helped it to do so well. 

 

 

 

Fort Towson today - City Hall

 

 

The Fort Towson troops were very active during the Mexican War (1846-1848).  Confederate troops controlled the fort during the Civil War. 

 

 



Millstone used at DoaksvilleDoaksville was the Choctaw Nation Capital until 1863.   A great commercially advanced town. 

 

In the 1840s and 1850s the town's center was composed of about thirty buildings including two newspapers, a hotel, jail, school, several stores, a gristmill, blacksmith, and other businesses.

Josiah Doaks had a trading post set up and it became Doaksville.  As the Choctaw Indians were relocated to Southeast Oklahoma from Mississippi,
Doaksville Wagonthey established their headquarters near the trading post and it became known as Doaksville. 

 

A military post was established at nearby Fort Towson and with the commerce that was taking place between other metropolitan areas and Fort Towson, roads were established between Fort Towson and these areas.  The roads were used to deliver supplies to the fort.  Red River was even used as a waterway for steamboats in 1830s to carry supplies. (The excavation of one of those steamboats - The Heroine)

The Choctaws and Chickasaws signed a treaty at Doaksville in 1837 which allowed the Chickasaws to settle in the western part of the Choctaw Nation.  The Chickasaws leased the land from the Choctaws until an agreement was later reached that created a separate district for the Chickasaws.

Doaksville began declining around 1854 when the nearby fort was abandoned.  The Choctaws moved their headquarters to Chahta Tamaha  and then later to Tuskahoma where it is today. 

 

The Doaksville/Fort File:Stand Watie.jpgTowson area had an agricuturally based economy.  With most of the men active in the Civil War, that economy suffered.  The Civil War actually ended at The Battle of Doaksville, Indian Territory when Stand Watie, the only Indian Civil War General,  signed a cease-fire with Union forces on June 23, 1865. 

All that remains of Doaksville now are old foundations and cisterns.  There is a walking trail that can be reached by going over the steps on the east side of Fort Towson cemetery.  A Candlelight Walking Tour is conducted annually with the date this year being October 1 & 2, 2010. 

 

Those participating are taken on a hayride through the cemetery and then walk through the Doaksville remains.  Along the way they encounter Historic Re-enactors.

 

The Fort Location (1/2 mile east and 1/2 mile north of Fort Towson town) also is composed mostly of foundations. An annual war re-enactment takes place there every year. They are open weekdays for viewing and also have some civil war artifacts. Call 580-873-2634

The town of Fort Towson has within its city limits Lake Raymond Gary where you can own waterfront property at a great price.  Lake Raymond Gary is a trophy fishing lake and is stocked annually with catfish.  Bass and Crappie also abound in the lake.  Fish from your back yard.  Lots beginning in price at $15,000 for approximately 1/2 acre.  Call me and let's talk about this varied area with history and water both in abundance.

Home for sale $65,000.

More history of beautiful Southeast Oklahoma:

Thankful Thursday - Walking Trip 119 Miles with Five Children - Revisiting 1938 in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma's Boomers - #3 in the Series on the History of My Southeast Oklahoma

McCurtain County Established and Idabel Chosen as the County Seat 1907.

Back in time.. This Would Be Purnell, Oklahoma 74745 (Idabel)

 

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Sep 19, 2010 08:51 AM #1
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That is a COOL history Judi!  I LOVE it - super fantastic local post.  I would love to spend a day on that walking trail and discovering Fort Towson both the history and what remains.

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Sep 19, 2010 08:53 AM #2
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Interesting historical post Judi. Thank...

Sep 19, 2010 08:53 AM #3
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Thanks Leesa for the group feature.  Maybe you'll get to come visit some day. :)

 

Thank you Michael, for coming by and reading about Doaksville and Fort Towson Oklahoma.

Sep 19, 2010 09:09 AM #4
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Judi.....Great historical post !!!

Sep 19, 2010 09:09 AM #5
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Robert,

Thank you! 

You are in a very rich historical area too!!

Sep 19, 2010 09:10 AM #6
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You must be the local expert to turn to, to follow blogs about the area you serve...not just real estate listings right? Great post, lots of hard work went in to that one.

Sep 19, 2010 09:42 AM #7
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This is just fascinating, Judi. Yureally conveyed a sense of the place and very compelling reading.  Wish I could visit!

Sep 19, 2010 10:01 AM #8
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I really like how this is laid out Judi. Do you do this in HTML or some other program?

Sep 19, 2010 11:00 AM #9
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Andrew,

I so enjoy learning and writing about the history and local events in my area.  Thank you for reading about our great little area and for taking the time to comment.

Sep 19, 2010 12:06 PM #10
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Barbara,

I would love for you to come visit.  If you ever come this way.. call me!

Sep 19, 2010 12:09 PM #11
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Karen,

I use ScribeFire for my blogs.  Are you familiar with it?

Sep 19, 2010 12:10 PM #12
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Hi Judi, I enjoyed your history lesson of Doaksville!  Very interesting!  You can see why modern day members of Congress fight like crazy when the Pentagon puts out its base cutting list.  Even "doves" love their military bases in their district and the jobs it provides to the local economy.  The demise of Ft. Towson and its impact upon Doaksville is a classic example from the past of how closing military bases can impact a local community.

I like your new picture on your signature section of the blog!

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Bruce,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about Doaksville.  It was a very successful town and supported many families.  With the closing of the fort and the Choctaw Indian Nation moving their headquarters, it quickly became a ghost town. 

When the railroad came through, it was about a mile south of Doaksville and the settlement became Fort Towson. 

City Limits eventually took in all of the old Doaksville remains. 

I love the history.  There are so many lessons there for us.

Sep 19, 2010 06:08 PM #14
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Judi you did an assume job on this history lesson of Fort Towson.

Sep 19, 2010 08:32 PM #15
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George,

You are so kind.

Thank you. 

Fort Towson is easy to talk/write about!  It just comes naturally.

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Dear Judy,

My name is Gerrald Lee and I grew up in Hugo and now live in Oklahoma City and am working on a degree at UCO in edmond. I taking Oklahoma History and need to write a paper and thought about using Ft Towsend or Doakesville as my subject. I am having a terrible time with my research and would appreciate it if you could tell me where you foound your information. Any help would be appreciated.

thank you,

Gerrald Lee

Sep 19, 2010 11:20 PM #18
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Gerrald,

Send me some contact info and let's talk about resources for history in the area. You'll find my email address on this site or click on the contact Judi Barrett link on my profile.

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