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Fort Sill Historical Route

A list of historical places located on Fort Sill, OK.
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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  There are many historical sites to be seen if you are visiting Fort Sill Oklahoma. Today, the fort is the only active military post... more »

Tips:  Fort Sill is a 'closed' post. In order to gain access you must show a valid military photo Identification Card. If you are driving... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Ft. Sill Welcome Sign

Fort Sill is a 'closed' post. In order to gain access you must show a valid military photo Identification Card. If you are driving into Fort Sill you must show proof of your current driver's license, state vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. You must register your vehicle on post as soon as possible after you sign in.

This is the Key... More

2. Spartan 1st Stage

In 1965, developed of the Spartan, a long range, more powerful version of the Zeus missile, began at the McDonnel-Douglas Astronautic Corporation of Los Angeles California. The first Spartan was fired on March 30, 1968, at Kwajalein.

Range: 460 miles
Speed: Mach 10

3. Spartan 2nd Stage

In 1965, developed of the Spartan, a long range, more powerful version of the Zeus missile, began at the McDonnel-Douglas Astronautic Corporation of Los Angeles California. The first Spartan was fired on March 30, 1968, at Kwajalein.

Range: 460 miles
Speed: Mach 10

4. Spartan 3rd Stage

In 1965, developed of the Spartan, a long range, more powerful version of the Zeus missile, began at the McDonnel-Douglas Astronautic Corporation of Los Angeles California. The first Spartan was fired on March 30, 1968, at Kwajalein.

Range: 460 miles
Speed: Mach 10

5. Hawk

The Hawk surface to air anti-aircraft missile has provided medium range air defense for US/NATO forces for over 40 years. This veteran, all weather day night system is highly lethal and reliable. Basic hawk was developed in the 1950's and initially fielded in 1960. An evolving system, hawk is now in its 3rd phase of upgrade. It is no longer in... More

6. Hawk

The Hawk surface to air anti-aircraft missile has provided medium range air defense for US/NATO forces for over 40 years. This veteran, all weather day night system is highly lethal and reliable. Basic hawk was developed in the 1950's and initially fielded in 1960. An evolving system, hawk is now in its 3rd phase of upgrade. It is no longer in... More

7. Nike Ajax

The Nike Ajax was deployed in 1954 and was the world's first operational guided, surface to air missile system. The Nike Ajax, named after the Greek Goddess of Victory was capable of combating high-speed, high-flying aircraft.

8. Artillery Statue

A bronze statue stands at the entrance to the artillery museum. Located behind you are the Nike Missiles and a few horse stables. In front of you, follow the path and see the evolution of artillery. As you walk along you can see the many different types of artillery that the Army has used over the years.

Currently most of the displays do not... More

9. Army Rocket

A large rocket stands in the middle of the field near the entrance to the museum. Across the street you can see other artillery vehicles.

On my trip to the museum there were no signs describing the type of missile.

10. Union Army Display

This is the entrance to the field artillery museum. There are two wings to the museum. To the left you can see the beginnings of the Army's artillery up until the Indian Wars. If you take a right you can view examples to modern warfare. It will take you from World War I up until today.

The museum is not large and you can see all of the exhibits ... More

11. Mobile Artillery 4

This mobile artillery piece is not located with the other vehicles next to the museum. You can find it along the artillery classroom building. If you travel west it will be two blocks over. You will see many howitzers across the street from the school house.

12. Post graveyard

Located a short distance west from the museum, you will find the post's graveyard. The tombstones are for historical figures as well as personal that were stationed at Ft. Sill.

Near the center of the graveyard you will find the grave markers of many Native American's that died during the Indian Wars. Some of the people buried here played a role ... More

13. Cynthia Anne Parker Gravestone

Cynthia Ann was a member of the large Parker frontier family that settled in east Texas in the 1830s. She was captured in 1836 by Comanche’s during the raid of Fort Parker near present-day Groesbeck, Texas. She was later re-kidnapped at age 34 by the Texas Rangers and subsequently spent the remaining ten years of her life trying to escape back to ... More

14. Parker Family Tombstone

This is the tombstone for the Parker Family. Cynthia Parker was the mother for the last Comanche Chief, Quanah Parker. Before her kidnapping she had a family who now rest beside her.

15. White Bear Headstone

One of the leading Kiowa chiefs in the 1860s and '70s, Santana was a fearsome warrior, but also a skilled orator and diplomat. Santana negotiated numerous times with the American government and signed such treaties as the Little Arkansas (1865) and Medicine Lodge (1867). He fought a protracted war to protect his tribe's land before settlers,... More

16. Chief Kicking Bird Headstone

He was born around 1835, not a lot is known of his early life except his grandfather was a Crow captive that was adopted by the Kiowa. It was said he signed the first Kiowa Treaty in 1865 in Wichita, Kansas. This ultimately set up the boundaries of the reservation established in the Treaty of Medicine Lodge in 1867. Kicking Bird was a strong... More

17. Tombstone of Unknown Soldier

This is tombstone which honors all of the fallen soldiers who had given their lives to their country.

18. Martha Songbird Nature Trail

This is the entrance to the Martha Songbird Nature Trail. There are many signs located on the trail to educate you on the local plant life that can be seen in area.

It is across the street from the commissary parking lot. Nearby you can also find the post library and food court.

19. Geronimo's Grave Sign

One of a few sign indicating that you are on the right road to see Geronimo's grave. This was the first marker that I came across; it is located on the right side of the road across from the golf course. You will not find another marker until you are at the grave site.

20. General Sheridan Marker

This is a plaque that shows where General Sheridan camped while he was fighting in the Indian Wars.

His career was noted for his rapid rise to major general and his close association with Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who transferred Sheridan from command of an infantry division in the Western Theater to lead the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the... More

21. Quinette Crossing Marker

This is a spot where General Sheridan crossed the river. Today there is a modern bridge that allows passage over the river. This is also the route you will take if you are heading towards Geronimo's grave.

22. Quinette River

On the grassy field to the right you will be able to see two stone markers. The marker closest to the river is where General Sheridan's tent was during the Indian Wars. A little further, about 50 yards away, is another marker showing where the tent for chow was at.

23. Geronimo's Grave

Was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States and their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. (Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geronimo, January, 1011)

June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909

24. General Custer's Bivouac

A bivouac is a military camp or a semi-permanent facility for the lodging of an army. Camps are erected when a military force travels away from a major installation or fort during training or operations, and often have the form of large campsites.

This is the site for General Custer's Army during the Indian Wars.

25. White Wolf River

A short bridge will lead you over the river and to your left, heading north, will be a picnic area. The river follows the Medicine Bluffs winding through ravines and an old dam.

You can go in the river with a raft. The two access points are within the picnic area and another off a dirt trail further up the river along the Medicine Bluffs. The... More

26. White Wolf Ford

This was the trail crossing to camp of Esa Rosa, known as White Wolf, the Comanche Chief. I could find little information about the Chief online, only pictures were found.

This also was the camp site for the 2nd Calvary on 30 September 1858 on route to the settlement of Wichita village.

27. Old Water Spring

This was a natural spring that provided fresh water along the trail. Today the spring is dry but the White Wolf River is near by if animals need a water source.

While hiking on the dirt trail towards Medicine Bluffs you can see the sign for the water spring a short distance from the gate on your left.

28. Medicine Bluff

These are the bluffs where Geronimo as the story says, while on horseback jumped off while being pursued by soldiers. He is said to yell out his name "Geronimoooooo" in defiance as he made the jump down the bluffs. This is the reason why US paratroopers yell out the same when jumping out of airplanes. A tradition that has been around for... More

29. Medicine Cliffs

Legend tells us that this was also a famous place for Indian suicides. The huge fissure between No. 2 and 3 was known as the "Medicine Man's Walk."

It is also a sacred place where the sick came to be healed. If they were not able to be helped they would throw themselves off from the cliffs above.

30. River below Medicine Bluff

This is the White Wolf River. The main access point to the river is via the stone stairs leading from the main trail. On the trail you will see a marker that provides the history of the Bluffs. The stairs can be found a short distance from the plaque.

You can also make your way to the river from the rocks behind the information plaque. The route ... More

31. Stairs Back to Trail

These stairs will lead you from the dirt trail down to the White Wolf River down below. Use caution as the lower section has been washed out and is in need of repair.

32. Zoo and Park Entrance

The entrance to the park is located a short distance down Punch Bowl Road. Keep to the left when you come to a fork in the road to get to the picnic area and zoo.

You can find many picnic tables within the park where you can enjoy a meal along side the river. Also located in the park are an outdoor education center and a small zoo. The zoo houses... More

33. Conservation Education Center

The zoo also has an education center for children. It has a great staff that will provide a short tour of the zoo to provide additional information about the animals and their habitat.

34. Pigeon

This is a list of animals that you can see while visiting the zoo. Unfortunately many animals were not in their cages, most likely due to the weather. I would take a trip to the zoo portion in the spring and summer months.

35. Pheasant

This is a list of animals that you can see while visiting the zoo. Unfortunately many animals were not in their cages, most likely due to the weather. I would take a trip to the zoo portion in the spring and summer months.

36. Grey Fox

This is a list of animals that you can see while visiting the zoo. Unfortunately many animals were not in their cages, most likely due to the weather. I would take a trip to the zoo portion in the spring and summer months.

37. Rio Grande Turkey

This is a list of animals that you can see while visiting the zoo. Unfortunately many animals were not in their cages, most likely due to the weather. I would take a trip to the zoo portion in the spring and summer months.

38. Raccoon

This is a list of animals that you can see while visiting the zoo. Unfortunately many animals were not in their cages, most likely due to the weather. I would take a trip to the zoo portion in the spring and summer months.

39. Rocket

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

40. Dove

This is a list of animals that you can see while visiting the zoo. Unfortunately many animals were not in their cages, most likely due to the weather. I would take a trip to the zoo portion in the spring and summer months.

41. Quail

This is a list of animals that you can see while visiting the zoo. Unfortunately many animals were not in their cages, most likely due to the weather. I would take a trip to the zoo portion in the spring and summer months.

42. Officer Uniform from Revolutionary War

43. Mobile Artillery 1

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

44. Artillery 2

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

45. Artillery 3

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

46. Artillery 4

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

47. Mobile Artillery 2

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

48. Artillery 5

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

49. Artillery 6

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

50. Mobile Rocket Truck

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

51. Mobile Artillery 3

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

52. Cannon from Revolutionary War

Here are a few of the many exhibits you will find inside the field artillery museum.

53. Cannon Barrel from Revolutionary War

Here are a few of the many exhibits you will find inside the field artillery museum.

54. Cannoneer

Here are a few of the many exhibits you will find inside the field artillery museum.

55. Mule Cannon

Here are a few of the many exhibits you will find inside the field artillery museum.

56. Cannon from Indian Wars

Here are a few of the many exhibits you will find inside the field artillery museum.

57. Piece of the Berlin Wall

Here are a few of the many exhibits you will find inside the field artillery museum.

58. World War II Scene

Here are a few of the many exhibits you will find inside the field artillery museum.

59. Rocket Launching Vehicle

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.

60. Artillery 1

There are many artillery vehicles on display outside of the museum. There were no signs on most of the artillery to explain what they were.

As of 11/31/10, when I was leaving, I did see the museum staff adding new equipment and placing plaques to provide more information about the field artillery vehicles.