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Historic Fort Reno

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Fort Reno is a historic military post established in 1874 to protect the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. Visit this El Reno site to learn about the fort's troops and activities during monumental events like the Land Run of 1889 and WWII. 

The fort served as two remount depots from 1908 to 1947, when it became an agricultural research station. It also served as a German prisoner of war camp in WWII. Much of the fort has been restored, and several activities are held on the site throughout the year. Over 25 historic structures here are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. View additional exhibits and displays, and see the cemetery where 70 POWs, Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Scouts are buried.

As an added bonus, restless spirits of cavalry soldiers, German prisoners of war, and others who have lived at Fort Reno over the last century are said to inhabit the old fort in El Reno. About once a month the fort offers lantern tours where you'll be scared silly by stories of these ghosts, unsolved mysteries, urban legends and murderous tales from the historic spot.

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