Hugo is the county seat of Choctaw County, located in deep Southeast Oklahoma, approximately 60 miles from the Arkansas and Louisiana borders, and 25 miles north of Paris, Texas.
In these early settlement days, supplies were brought into Fort Towson 15 miles east of Hugo. Fort Towson, built in 1824 along with Ft. Gibson in anticipation of the coming of the Five Civilized Tribes, became a hub trading village. Today Fort Towson gains in historical significance as History buffs discover that it was there that the very last treaty ending the Civil War was signed By Brigadier General Stand Watie, the last Confederate general officer to surrender and lay down his arms on June 23, 1865.
On November 3, 2011, the U.S. Navy honored Choctaw County with the naming of a ship. The upcoming vessel--a Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)--simultaneously honored the three American counties named Choctaw County, in Alabama, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. "I grew up in Choctaw County, Miss., where people work hard to raise their families and provide for their children," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said when he announced the naming. "I chose to name JHSV after Choctaw County to honor those men and women who represent rural America." USNS Choctaw County will bear hull number JHSV-2. The swords on its coat of arms symbolize cooperation and teamwork and the JHSV's capability to transport both U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps personnel and their military vehicles.
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One time noted plantation home of Col. Robert M. Jones, wealthiest Choctaw owner of 500 slaves. A Southern leader, he served as delegate from Choctaw Nation to the Confederate Congress at Richmond, VA. Baptist Mission of \"Providence\" nearby, closed about 1843Hugo, OK Historical Markers
The oldest continuously operated Christian children's home in America, Goodland is located two miles south of Hugo. Operated by the Presbyterian Church, the home continues to enrich the lives of young men who are residents of the school. The Church building served for 42Hugo, OK Historic Schoolhouses
Hugo's Mount Olivet Cemetery is internationally famous for its Showman's Rest section which includes a special section of Circus Tents and Animals as monuments to the men and women who spent their lives entertaining American children and families as Circus performers.Hugo, OK Cemeteries