Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum

Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum, Lawton

Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum

Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum
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Gil H
Oregon, WI127 contributions
A great historical location that one should highly consider visiting
Sep 2020
Haven't visited Fort Sill in years and have things ever changed for the better!

First, one need to stop at the Visitor Center on Sheridan Road prior to entering the base. You need to fill out a form, they do a quick security check on you, and then (if you pass) take your picture and give a pass to the base. We asked for a week's pass and got a month-long one.

Once in the base, there are so many things to see that one cannot take it all in in one day. The new museum (well, new to me) was closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Adjacent and around that was "Artillery Park". This is an area with many canons, tanks, missiles and descriptive boards. This area was totally unfamiliar to me since my visiting so many times in 1978-1983, when stationed at Altus Air Force Base, and again when I visited in 2004. Seems that "Artillery Park" and this new museum were created in 2010 and did they ever do a nice job. We spent about two hours at "Constitution Park" and "Artillery Park".

We next went up the hill to the Quadrangle, where there are many historic buildings surrounding it.

After this location, we went to the northeast section of the base and visited the Apache cemetery. This is where Geronimo's grave site is at, although many Apache Indians (and even the guard at the Visitor Center) tell that his body was removed just days after being buried and taken by tribes members back to his homeland of Arizona and re-buried in a mountain. Regardless, it was interesting to see the grave site, which has been damaged. One thing to note is that the base finally put up decent directions to Apache cemetery so one doesn't take a wrong turn and get lost. Years ago, we found ourselves in what we considered an artillery range and still joke about that to this day.

Next was getting back to the main base area and visiting the Post Cemetery. There is a section of this cemetery where many Indians are buried. This includes Chief Quanah Parker, his mother Cynthia Ann Parker (a white woman captured by the Comanches as a child), and his sister Prairie Flower, who died as a child.

We were done with Fort Sill doing the things above on our first day on the base.

A couple of days later we returned and visited Medicine Bluffs and Medicine Creek. The Bluffs requires one to go up a gravel road and then into a rather nasty drive that has many rocks protruding from the ground. Once there though, the views were spectacular. Medicine Bluffs was and is sacred to Indians/Native Americans and holds much history.

We went back to a place near the Quadrangle tried following the map to find the marker where Geronimo had died. There was the post hospital at this location, which has been torn down, but there is a marker there. We encountered roads behind buildings that were one way and not the way we wanted to go. We had to get back out on the street and try to find another way to that marker. We finally did and it would be nice to have better directions to get there.

The things mentioned here are some of the highlights to Fort Sill. There is much history on this base, one that was built in 1869, and it could take many days to enjoy all of what is available - especially when the museum reopens some day.

Very highly recommended place to stop and allow enough time to take it all in.
Written September 26, 2020
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Marie
Oklahoma3 contributions
A little military history
Jul 2020 • Family
Outside there are historic displays, pretty interesting! My family and I enjoyed checking them out and reading about each weapon.
Written July 25, 2020
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KentuckyColonel
Oahu, HI6 contributions
“Redleg”
May 2020
Fort Sill is an amazing base. The outside US army Artillery park is amazing. Fort Sill has been an active Army Post since the late 1800!
Written May 30, 2020
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Amberandtheboys
Fort Worth, TX5 contributions
Easy to spend the whole day
Mar 2020 • Family
To visit here, you need to first go to the Fort Sill visitor center with your ID to get a day pass. Apparently there’s a golf course and bowling alley because people were coming to play there. The museums are free, and there’s 2 museum areas. My kids loved seeing how there is an entire city inside those guarded walls. There’s a Pizza Hut, Burger King, basketball court, gas station, etc. Behind the buildings opposite the gift shop (which wasn’t open), there’s a nice playground. There’s a large lawn for playing/relaxing. We could have spent the entire day.
Written March 10, 2020
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rebeccahJ9275SB
3 contributions
My grandkids
Mar 2019 • Family
When they came for a visit 19 &14 , we visited the museum I was impressed and in awe
Really enjoyed the uniforms of the eras.so did the kids.
Written February 12, 2020
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heckfy
Pleasanton, California1,200 contributions
Great military museum!
Nov 2019
Great place to see all kinds of military vehicles, guns, missiles etc. Check out the original "Atomic Annie" cannon that fired the live nuclear shot.

The entrance is free, but you need to go to the visitor center and show your id and fill out a form to get a pass. Took us about extra 15 mins, so very reasonable.
Written November 28, 2019
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D B
Rochester, NY94 contributions
Nice walk around
Sep 2019
A nice level side walk path to walk that weaves in & out among all the artillery guns that were in use throughout the ages. There are nice cement benches to sit scattered through the exhibits. My husband really enjoyed it. I know my great nephews would really have loved it also.
Written September 15, 2019
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acontrino67
Pasadena, MD5 contributions
Visiting My Son at Fort Sill
Aug 2019 • Family
Very Interesting and impressive seeing all of our technology over the years my Son Stationed at Fort Sill and Couldn’t be Orouder Of Him!! Staff were Very Nice and Had Great Time!! It’s a Must See!!!!
Written September 4, 2019
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luckysdaddy
15 contributions
Take my grandson to see all the many cool Artillery vehicles and Guns.
Aug 2019 • Family
Pretty cool, even on hot Oklahoma summer day. Bring water, and be careful not to touch the hot surfaces.
Written August 9, 2019
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX845 contributions
Great Artillery Exhibit
Jul 2019 • Friends
This museum is located on the base so you will have to go through a background check to gain access. The visitor control center was closed so we had to to get checked at the gate. Luckily it only took about 5 minutes for all 3 of us.

We got lost inside the base (its huge) but ended up getting a military police escort over to the Artillery museum. The officers were very polite and we were thankful for the help.

There is both an inside and outside exhibit. Inside is more of a history museum with written and visual information on the different Artillery used in the different wars. But the outside exhibits are phenomenal! Real life weapons from the wars and memorials to fallen heroes. All exhibits are free of charge so this is definitely a stop worth making especially if you are into military history
Written July 21, 2019
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