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Fort Gibson Historic Site

Oklahoma

907 Garrison Avenue
Fort Gibson, OK 74434
United States

Fort Gibson was constructed in 1824 to keep peace between warring Native American tribes in the area and was a base of operations for many expeditions. The fort was abandoned in 1857, but reactivated during the Civil War and used as a base for post-war Reconstruction activities. From this point, Federal Maj. Gen. James Blunt marched 25 miles south to combat the Confederate build-up at Honey Springs depot. The army permanently abandoned the fort in 1890. This National Historic Landmark includes seven original structures and a reconstructed 1830s log garrison. A new museum and gift shop are housed in the 1840s commissary. A hiking trail connects the early fort with the post-Civil War buildings. Restoration is underway on the 1871 hospital.