With the arrival of the M.K.& T. railroad in 1872, the town of Muskogee became the center of commerce and business for Indian Territory. As the population increased so did the demand for services and facilities. Today, it is an attractive town, dotted with 32 small parks, and is the gateway to the eastern lake area. The port of Muskogee is part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation system, handling barges that go through the inland waterway system from Pittsburgh and Minneapolis to Houston and New Orleans.
Fort Gibson Historical Site, just east of Muskogee, was the main juncture for relocation of the Five Civilized Tribes into "Indian Territory." A number of violent episodes on the frontier caused the Army to abandon Fort Smith and establish Fort Gibson in 1824. Protecting the Indians from each other and from white intruders kept the military busy for most of the next 66 years. The post, built on the Grand River near the Arkansas, soon became famous in the development of the United States.
While visiting the picturesque city of Fort Gibson, you can tour the fort grounds and the still-intact buildings with guides who are well versed in the history of the area.
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The Cherokee National Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark maintained by the Cherokee Nation from before the Civil War until its transfer to the town of Fort Gibson in 1906. William P. Ross and other officials and dignitaries are buried in this cemetery.Fort Gibson, OK Cemeteries
The Jean Pierre Chouteau National Hiking Trail stretches from River Park to the Port of Catoosa along the Grand, Arkansas and Verdigris Rivers. It is located alongside the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation Channel. The trail is approximately 60Fort Gibson, OK Trails
1... Stockade 2... Caretaker's Cabin 3... Library 4... Mess House 5... Kitchen 6... Bakery 7... Married Officer's Quarters 8... C.O.'s Quarters 9... Cabin 10.. Well 11.. Sutler Store 12.. Sutler's Quarters 13.. Boundary Marker 14.. Civil War Earth Works 15.. Quartermaster Warehouse 16Fort Gibson, OK Tours
Beginning in the early 1920s, local residents sought to preserve Fort Gibson's History. In 1936, the stockade area was reconstructed by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Works Progress Administration, and the Fort Gibson Stockade Commission. Today, the Site is aFort Gibson, OK Forts