Press Release

Release Date: June 14, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Fort Washita, in Bryan County, stands guard over the Texas frontier as it has since its establishment in 1842. The entrance to the fort was constructed in the late 1960s, over a century after the raising of the original stone barracks, surgeon’s quarters and other structures. Today, the site is managed by the Chickasaw Nation and is host to community events throughout the year, like the June 23 American Celebration Day.

DURANT, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation will host “American Celebration Day,” an outdoor summer gathering open to the public at no charge, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 23, at Ft. Washita, 3348 State Road 199.

Guests can expect an assortment of attractions, such as horse-drawn buggy rides, hay rides, face painting, make-and-take craft classes, music, lawn games and more. Hot dogs, ice cream and soda will be served.

Military equipment covering roughly 150 years--muskets to modern--will be on display during the event.

Ft. Washita can be found between Tishomingo and Durant, near Lake Texoma and the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge.

It was established in 1842. The remains of multiple historic structures remain on the Ft. Washita grounds, including a hospital, surgeon's quarters, and barracks.

For more information, contact history and culture at 580-924-6502.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016