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Fort Gibson Historic Site & Interpretative Center
Fort Gibson, in operation from 1824 to 1890, was the first army post in Indian Territory. The historic site encompasses 80 acres of grounds with 29 historic buildings and numerous archeological ruins. Exhibits and living history programs relate to the settlement of Indian Territory and the development of the fort through its 70 years of occupation. Considered a National Historic Landmark, official National Trail of Tears Site and a designated "American Treasure," the site features a museum, visitors center, book shop and numerous period rooms.
While having a distinct relationship with Native American history, Fort Gibson also has a unique place in African-American history. From 1867 to 1873, buffalo soldiers served intermittently at Fort Gibson. Eventually, the outpost became the headquarters for the all-black Tenth Calvary. This fascinating and diverse history makes the Fort Gibson Historical Site an illuminating look into Oklahoma's past.