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In southern Oklahoma, Ft. Washita's
ruins are located on the Washita River, north of the city of Durant, near
the Tishmomingo National Wildlife Refuge, which is not far from the Texas
Address: 3348 State Road 199, Durant,
HOURS: Fort Washita is open Monday
through Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Closed on
major State/Federal holidays.
Once a union fort, built in 1842,
it was destroyed in 1861 by confederate soldiers from Texas, who captured
and overran Ft. Washita. In 1974, the south barracks was reconstructed.
Sometime between 1842 and 1861, a
strong-willed lady with fortitude, known as Aunt Jane, was murdered by
either thieves or nasty union or confederate soldiers, who were trying
to get her to tell them where she had buried her money. It was never found,
and her simple grave is on the grounds of Ft. Washita
1) Some claim that poor Aunt Jane
was beheaded, and have reported seeing her headless apparition in a white
gown, floating near the fort ruins.
2) Some have said that they have seen
her riding a horse pell-mell through the fort's ruins, with her long,
black hair flowing behind her
3) Treasure seekers have never found
her money, but some have felt her presence. It has been reported that
an unseen force stopped some treasure hunters' pick axes from even touching
4) Late in the 19th century, or early
in the 20th century, Aunt Jane seemed to, at one point, make a real pest
of herself, by haunting a Dr. Stalcup, who lived near the fort's ruins.
* A bit of a bully, during this time,
Aunt Jane's ghost most harassing action was to occasionally possess
young Molly, who was the child of Dr. Stalcup.
* One night Aunt Jane's apparition
threatened to cut off all of Molly's hair. When Mrs. Stalcup kneeled
in fervent and intense prayer, Aunt Jane backed down and stopped her
Occasionally, the apparition of
Aunt Jane is still seen today around the ruins of Fort Washita.