Ft. Washita Rendezvous

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

BRYAN CO., OK-- Fort Washita was established in 1842 as the southwestern military post of the United States.

"It is history, it's something that's been here. Kids need to stop and think, gee, the indians used to be here, the soldiers were here, they were watching out for our country," Mrs. McClanahan, a visitor, said.

Crowds gathered at the Fort this week for the annual "Mountain Man Fur Trading Rendezvous." There were Oklahoma Historical Society booths set up, showing and teaching kids how it used to be. One of the most visited places at the fort, the laundry stop.

Kids enjoyed scrubbing in the laundry tub, while other enjoyed checking out the jewelery and some even learned how to make candles.

"It's taking people back in time, the time frame is the late 1800's, about 1840. Everything that they buy sell or trade, must be from that era," said, Ron Petty, Ft. Washita NHL.

Petty said it's important for people to learn about history, because history always has a way of repeating itself.

"If you don't know where you've been, you don't know where you're going."

Ft. Washita volunteers hope they are going to rebuild the Barracks that were burnt down over two years ago.

The money they raise from this week's rendezvous will go towards rebuilding.
Petty said even though they miss the once standing Barracks, this week's event has been successful.

"It's history, and anyone that's not been here needs to come and look at it."

The Event will go the rest of the weekend. It's located on Highway 199. Saturday it will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM. Sunday it will be open from 9 AM to 3 PM. It's $5 per car.

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