My World – Doaksville Oklahoma

I found Doaksville, Oklahoma last week during a trip to southeast Oklahoma. I had never heard of Doaksville and found it only because I was looking for a geocache. I love serendipity and this is a good example why.

Doaksville was once the biggest city in is now Oklahoma. It was started as a trading post by Josiah Doaks in the 1820’s. It grew quickly and for a time was the Choctaw Tribal Capital. The Civil War started its decline and it became a ghost town by 1900. In the mid 1990’s the Oklahoma Historical Society did extensive archeological excavations of many of the former structures. The site is now well maintained and has excellent interpretive displays.

To get to Doaksville you walk through the massive Doaksville Cemetery. It is very easy for me to get distracted by old cemeteries.

I get to wondering things like, “Does anybody know anything about Little Lonzo Wilson?” a three year old who died on Christmas Day 1918.
The grave of David Folsom, former chief of the Choctaws. A Christian slave owner who brought missionaries to Indian Territory and supported education efforts. “Christian slave owner” is a concept that is very hard to imagine right now. It also applies to some of the founders of our country.
Old piece of a gravestone – separated from its grave. I love the held hands.
Jimmie Dale I hope that you are fishing somewhere.After you walk through the cemetery you get to Doaksville. Nobody there but me for over two hours one day.

Excavated Tavern- this was the hearth.

A plaque commerating the surrender of General Stand Watie. A Cherokee born in Calhoun, Georgia. A wealthy plantation owning slaveholder. Supported Cherokee removal to Indian Territory. For a time he was Principal Chief of the Cherokees. Led the First Indian Brigade of the Confederate Army. Fought Union troops in Arkansas, Indian Territory, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. He also fought fellow Indians who did not support the Confederacy. Surrendered to Union troops after the battle of Doaksville.

The jail. Three cells, not very big. Three foot thick limestone.
Here is the cache I was looking for.
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Article from Smithsonian Online about the Final Confederate Surrender at Doaksville

18 thoughts on “My World – Doaksville Oklahoma

  1. Sylvia K

    Fascinating post! And your photos are terrific! Love being to find places like this! Have a thing about history anyway! Thanks for all the info!

  2. Barb

    Great story, Yogi. I, too, am fascinated by old cemeteries. The gravestones are so ornate. Glad you also found your cache!

  3. Janie

    Doaksville and its history is fascinating. That’s a place I’d love to visit. If I’m ever driving across country, I’m looking it up.

  4. mountain.mama

    Wow, who knew about Doaksville? If you ever get to Wyoming you might like South Pass. It’s not a ghost town but there are a lot of cool old restored buildings. It was a silver mining town way back when and another fascinating place to visit.

  5. SandyCarlson

    Seems like such a lonely place. I wonder sometimes how history gets lost–and it does despite our best efforts to preserve it.

    These are wonderful photos. Thanks for taking us along.

  6. Martha Z

    Your geocaching takes you to some interesting places. Gret post. My hubby loves his GPS but I can’t get him interested in geocaching, it looks like fun.

  7. Snap

    I love old cemeteries … wonderful stories and art work! Doaksville is quite a place. So glad you stumbled on it and shared it with us.

  8. Carolyn

    Such a great post and photos. I too love geocaching and graveyards and explore them when ever I can. On an island like Haida Gwaii with not a lot of information about it I have found educational geocaches have been a great way to help people explore without getting lost(hopefully!)Thank you so much for sharing your adventures. Have a great weekend.

  9. The Fleming Family

    I just wanted to say that I grew up within a quarter mile of Doaksville. I have some very interesting pictures of this place. I spent many hours in my youth expoloring the old town, and even spent about 1 hour pointing out different structures and mapping out different places of doaksville to the historians there on the dig. I have many fond memories of the town and am very glad to see that you have enjoyed this wonderful piece of history.

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