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March 18, 2024

Contact: Jennifer Frazee
Fort Gibson Historic Site, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-478-4088

Fort Gibson Historic Site to Commemorate 200 Years With Event on April 20

FORT GIBSON, Okla. — The Fort Gibson Historic Site will commemorate the bicentennial of its site on April 20. Fort Gibson was established in 1824 in Indian Territory. It was the first U.S. military post in what would become the state of Oklahoma, and it was further west than any other post in the United States at that time.

The town of Fort Gibson will mark the anniversary with a community parade that starts at 9 a.m. and ends at the historic site. After the parade, staff at the Fort Gibson Historic Site will begin their bicentennial programming and mark the occasion with speeches from state legislators and other dignitaries. Cake and refreshments will be served to visitors in the mess hall.

Education stations will be located across the 80-acre historic site, with living historians giving demonstrations about how soldiers and civilians would have lived in the 1800s. Visitors can sign up for a Neosho River walking tour to view a replica 19th-century keelboat docked at the riverside, where supplies would have been delivered.

For more information please call 918-478-4088. The Fort Gibson Historic Site is located at 907 N. Garrison Ave. in Fort Gibson.

The Fort Gibson Historic Site is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


Editor’s Note: Photos of the Fort Gibson Historic Site are available upon request.

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