Historic Fort Reno

Historic Fort Reno 7107 W Cheyenne St
El Reno, OK 73036

Phone: 405-262-3987
Fax: 405-262-0133
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This military post was established in 1874 to protect the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. Troops from the fort were instrumental in directing an orderly transition from reservations to individual farms, ranches and towns, and were the major force in supervising the Land Run of 1889. It served as two remount depots from 1908 to 1947, when it became an agricultural research station. It also served as a German prisoner of war camp in WWII. Much of the fort has been restored, and several activities are held on the site throughout the year. Over 25 historic structures are listed on the National Register ...

This military post was established in 1874 to protect the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. Troops from the fort were instrumental in directing an orderly transition from reservations to individual farms, ranches and towns, and were the major force in supervising the Land Run of 1889. It served as two remount depots from 1908 to 1947, when it became an agricultural research station. It also served as a German prisoner of war camp in WWII. Much of the fort has been restored, and several activities are held on the site throughout the year. Over 25 historic structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and several exhibits and displays are also available for viewing. Some include 1876 through 1948 Indian Wars, parade ground, cemetery and chapel built by German POW's in 1944. 70 POW's, Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Scouts are buried in the cemetery.

As an added bonus, restless spirits of cavalry soldiers, German prisoners of war, and others who have lived at Fort Reno over the last century are said to inhabit the old fort in El Reno. About once a month the fort offers lantern tours where you'll be scared silly by stories of these ghosts, unsolved mysteries, urban legends and murderous tales from the historic spot.

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  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant, Credit Cards Accepted, Gift Shop, Meeting Space Available

  • Group Amenities: Accommodates Tour Groups, Bus/Motorcoach Parking, Group Rates Available, Tour Group Welcome Reception

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): I-40, Route 66, US-270, US-81

  • Tour Information: Guided Tours

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Sunday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Monday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Tuesday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Wednesday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Thursday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Friday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Saturday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.

Located three miles west and one mile north of El Reno on Rt 66.

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From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/23/14

Jolene, Historic Fort Reno would be a great place to take your family on a getaway. You can take a guided tour of the fort and explore the visitor's center, which is full of artifacts and photos. Fort Reno also offers occasional events like monthly ghost tours, which your children are more than welcome to attend as well. For more information, please call 405-262-3987. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Jolene Snow on 06/23/14

Each year we take our grandkids on a little outing in Oklahoma ages 10 to 22. Our trip must include learning something about Oklahoma. Would Ft Reno be a good place considering their age differences.


From Evan Blatt on 05/30/14

Historic Fort Reno is known for its History. My last visit to Fort Reno was back in 2006. My family and a few friends went on a Private Paranormal Investigation with a Paranormal Team called PROS Investigations. We had a lot of weird things happen during the investigation. My friend and I had an experience in the Commissary Building which supplied goods for the troops living there. My friend has something touch him on his head and then it grabbed him on his right leg and physically knocked him to the floor. At first I thought he tripped on a nail but then it happened to me. Something grabbed me and I hit the floor. One of the team members witnessed the event take place them she started to ask if anyone was present basically performing an EVP session. I can't remember off hand if the recorder caught anything but if you visit PROS Investigations website, you can see the evidence that was captured that night at Fort Reno. My experience I won't forget plus that took place around during the late night hours. On the cool side though, if you ever want to inform a History Teacher about this place, send them an invite and they might visit. I asked a few about it and they enjoyed this visit.


From Scarlett Cherry on 12/09/11

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