THE LOST TREASURE OF
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the lost treasure of Fort Holmes?
Fort Holmes was a military outpost in 1834 located in
Oklahoma Indian Territory on the South Canadian River.
This fort has throughout history, caused much
debating on where it is actually located, who lived there, and what went on.
Historians have their own ideas on all these answers, however, no one has
actually hunted in the area where the fort was suppose to be located to arrive
at any of the answers.
The land where the fort is believed to have been
has never been cultivated or cleared; anything that was left by the residents is
still there waiting to be discovered.
The information gathered from the Oklahoma
Historical Society states that the location of Fort Holmes is close by the
junction of Little River and the Canadian River, which would put the fort close
to what is today, Holdenville, Oklahoma. Under the direct command of Lieutenant
T. H. Holmes, the fort was built in 1834 and it was home to two companies of
infantry and was used by several troops passing through this rugged Indian
Territory. However, even this information is in disagreement.
As one reads all the documents and history books,
the location of Fort Holmes becomes more and more mysterious. One person will
describe an area in Oklahoma during the 1800ís and place Fort Holmes in one
location while another will place the rivers in question in different locations
with different names. As an example, Washing Irving and his party were traveling
through Oklahoma in 1832. They recorded their day-to-day activities. In Irvingís
writings, he states that on October 31, the party camped overnight on Little
River close by the Canadian River. Then the account went on to say that the next
day they had to cross two swollen rivers, which were North Fork and Deep Creek.
The North Fork is close to the present day town of Lexington, Oklahoma that is
in Cleveland County. Deep Creek, however, is around 100 miles apart and is close
to the present day town of Holdenville, Oklahoma in Hughes County. During 1832,
it would have been impossible to travel that far in one day, a normal traveling
day was around 15 miles.
Other tales of the whereabouts of Fort Holmes
become even more confusing since there were two Fort Holmes in the area and two
trading posts near the forts with the same name of Cbouteauís Trading Post.
Josiah Gregg gave the location of the fort in his book Commerce of the Prairies
close by a spring, latitude 350 5í, a mile north of the Canadian River. This
would put Fort Holmes closer to Purcell, Oklahoma.
No matter, where the exact location of Fort Holmes
might be, if a treasure hunter had the time, it is possible to use a metal
detector and search these areas. Who knows what you might uncover, treasures of
the past just waiting to be found.
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