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Tracing Indian Fort

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Thu August 17 2006, 09:32 PM
Playwright
Tracing Indian Fort
An old fort made of 2 ft. hand hewn logs resting on a foundation of boulders was on my granny's Cherokee land grant on the Arkansas River south of Muskogee. It burned in the seventies.
The Smithsonian unearthed an Indian village and some Civil war guns on the river bank near there.
I thought it might have been a gun running operation associated with Stand Watie and wondered if anyone was familiar it or knew how to trace it back to pre-1907 when granny got it.
Sat August 19 2006, 07:10 AM
Tower
You might find the explanation for the installation at this web address: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v017/v017p147.html
Seems there were a lot of fortifications, mainly cannon enplacements along the river.
Sat August 19 2006, 08:17 PM
Playwright
Thank you so very much. That is most helpful.

The description sounds like where my Granny's house was located. In fact, there is an Indian grave yard in the back and arrowheads and other stone implements were everywhere when I was a kid.

The log fort was very near Honey Springs and almost adjoins Fort Davis is it is the same as Davis Field.

I wish Grant Foreman was still around. I'm sure he would be a great help and would enjoy it.

Thank you so much. You have given me information to use to find out more.

I wonder if there is a record of those forts somewhere.
Does anyone know about that?

Thanks again.
playwright
Sun August 20 2006, 07:38 AM
Tower
The staff at the Oklahoma Historical Society is most helpful in searches of this nature. You can visit their website and submit an email. If they don't have the exact answer they will try to steer you to someone who does.