Fort Washita landmark burns to the ground

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

BRYAN CO., OK -- A historic Texoma landmark is now just pile of charred rubble. A replicated military barracks building on Fort Washita burned to the ground Sunday morning.

"By the time we got here, it was already totally engulfed, there was nothing that we could actually salvage," Tom Atkinson with the Silo Fire Department, said.

Around 7:30am, nearly a dozen fire departments arrived to the Fort Washita historic site.

What was once a two story, replica of a military barracks, has now been reduced to ashes.

"It's just devastating, once people find out what's really happened here. So much history has been involved, in Fort Washita. It's really a sad event," Atkinson, said.

Fire departments were called in from across western Bryan County, after neighbors reported visible flames.

For 23 years, Park Superintendent, Larry Marcy, has worked to keep the site beautiful, as a popular tourist destination, and gathering place for special events.

When he arrived Sunday morning, it was a very different story.

"I was about 5 miles down the road and could see the smoke, and I knew what was going on. By the time I got here, the building was completely engulfed in flames. And part of it had then collapsed," Marcy, said.

The two story building was completed in 1972, and just this past July, received a $45,000 renovation, including new paint and the addition of 19 white pillars.

Staff at the site say, they were preparing to host a group of actors in the barracks for several weekends of military reenactments.

"I know a lot of people are going to be disappointed because this was kind of a landmark, for this part of the country," Marcy, said.

Marcy estimates that the value of the current building was somewhere around $2 million.

Site staff say no one was inside when the fire broke out.

The state fire marshal will continue an investigation a cause.

For more information about Fort Washita, visit the website -

http://www.okhistory.org/outreach/military/fortwashita.html


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  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Oct 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM
    Sounds like Carson has been reading Hitler,anon, please dont associate with normal people we will only make you look and sound silly.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 01:23 PM
    A real god of love wouldn't have invented the devil in the first place. Think about it. Furthermore, God and his choices and attitude greatly resemble that of....man...suggesting that we are made in his model or, more likely, he was invented by us.
  • by Tom Location: Silo on Sep 28, 2010 at 08:00 PM
    I knew it would be bad when our fire department received the call at 7:34 am. When a fire is reported at dark, its never good. I wish we could have saved it.
  • by Carson on Sep 28, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    I am kidding ANN. The sarcasm was thick. It is, however, not unusual to find people in our Southern Oklahoma communities that do actually feel this way. There is no devil, Bill.
  • by ANN Location: ARDMORE on Sep 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    Carson-you have got to be kidding me. It may have been an act of God but not for electing President Obama. It is very sad that you would take that kind of stand when we have lost a wonderful place of history that MANY people have enjoyed. It is a very sad.
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Sep 28, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    This was not an act of God Carson,the devil maybe,but not God,destroying things is not his job,it is saving things and people.Your comment is blasphomy to our Father.
  • by Janet Location: Texas on Sep 27, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    This absolutely breaks my heart! I have a lot of family history there. I hope they find who did this and they are prosecuted to the fullest!!!
  • by Rita Location: Edmond,OK on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    My family has enjoyed this site for over 15 years doing living history events and candlelight tours and Spring Musters with the Frontier Brigade. It is like saying goodbye to an old friend. I have cooked a few meals in the old hearths and spent a few sleepness nights listening to the creaking floors of the old barracks. Truly a sad day for history buffs!
  • by shelia Location: bonham,tx on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    this so sad been taking my kids and grandkids there annually for yrs. a lot of memories there.
  • by Carson on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    Repent! This is an obvious act of God, His revenge for electing that Muslim Obama and the liberal agenda! Jesus forgive us!
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