Fort Arbuckle

Established in April, 1851, by Capt. R.B. Marcy. From here in 1852 Capts Marcy and Geo. B. McClellan, later Comdr. in Chief of Army of Potomoc, set out to explore source of Red River. Post abandoned to Confederates May 3, 1861. Again garrisoned by U.S. troops after Civil War; abandoned 1870. Initial Point for land surveys is 1 mi. south at intersection of Indian Meridian and Base Line.*

On north corner of State Highway 7 and Meridian Rd west of Davis, Oklahoma. (It's a small concrete marker next to fence)

Exploring Oklahoma History

Note: We looked for this marker on June 17, 2009 and could not find it.

Update 7/22/14: It's a small concrete marker with a metal plaque.  It's on the north west corner by the fence.  If it's overgrown you will not see it.  We drove by it a few years ago and never did see it. I verified it is there on Google Maps street view (now that I know what to look for).


Fort Arbuckle

Fort Arbuckle (1851-1870) - Established on 19 Apr 1851 by Captain Randolph B. Marcy and Company D of the 5th U.S. Infantry in the unsettled Indian Territory and named for the General Matthew Arbuckle. General Arbuckle was the Commander of the Military Department of Missouri until his death from cholera on 11 Apr 1851 at Fort Smith. Fort Arbuckle was abandoned in 1870.

National Register of Historic Places

Fort Arbuckle Site ** (added 1972 - Site - #72001064)
About 0.5 mi. N of Hoover on SR, Hoover
  • Historic Significance: Event
  • Area of Significance: Military
  • Period of Significance: 1850-1874
  • Owner: Private
  • Historic Function: Defense
  • Historic Sub-function: Fortification, Military Facility
  • Current Function: Landscape
  • Current Sub-function: Natural Feature
Initial Point ** (added 1970 - Object - #70000533)
About 7.5 mi. W of Davis on Garvin, Davis
  • Historic Significance: Event
  • Area of Significance: Engineering
  • Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899
  • Owner: Private
  • Historic Function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture
  • Historic Sub-function: Monument/Marker, Natural Feature
  • Current Function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture
  • Current Sub-function: Monument/Marker, Natural Feature