To adventures in the west.
The famous Dragoon Expedition, 1834, Col. Henry Dodge in command, passed near here on the way west to the Wichita village on north fork of Red River. Near here in 1852. Capt. R.B. Marcy, 5th Inf. Met his wagon train for his expedition west, in search of the source of Red River. East of here, 2 mi., was the Chilsholm Trail.
Oklahoma historical society and state high way commission 1958
From junction U.S. 81 And U.S. 7, Go east to 13th street (aka Meridian Rd.), turn south, 6 miles. Marker on west side of road. Duncan, Oklahoma, Stephen County.
During the summer of 1835, Colonel Henry Dodge led a large force of dragoons from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma as a show of strength to prevent the possibility of widespread warfare with the Comanches. How impressed the Hois (a division of the Comanches - "the timber people") were with the dragoons and their fancy uniforms is questionable, but they (with the Wichita) signed the Camp Holmes Treaty with American representatives pledging peace and friendship with the Osage, Quapaw, Seneca, Cherokee, Choctaw and Creek Indian Tribes.