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“Historical fort just west of El Reno”
Review of Fort Reno

Fort Reno
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in El Reno
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

The lady at the Visitor's Center/Museum was very nice, knew everything about the Fort and area, and was quite helpful in assisting us with planning our visit. The Post Chapel is beautiful, and I heard they hold weddings most weekends. The Post Cemetery is a must-see, where the German and Italian POWs are buried in a walled-off separate section.
We enjoyed the visit, and hope to return for one of the many events held on the grounds of Fort Reno.

3  Thank Goldieand3Bears
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Nice little museum. Only one building is available to tour, but you can walk around the square and view other buildings from the outside. Remodeling, adding signage for buildings in the future. Wouldn't drive hours out of your way, but if you're in the area - stop.
If you can make it on a Saturday evening - take the ghost tour! Lots of fun and very very informative for only 10$! Bring a warm coat and a small flashlight to enjoy it more. Long walk from building to building where you will stop at each one for info and stories. Then to the cemetery for more great info and stories. Our ghost tour took three hours, 7:30 to 10:30pm, and we learned a lot about the fort and people who lived there. Call ahead for reservations, there were 6 groups of 25 on our night!

6  Thank WatsonBarefield
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

I have gone here my whole life with my dad. I love the old graveyard. We took our wedding photos out here. It is a little gem

5  Thank Victoria C
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Fort Reno is a great place to visit. It has a lot of historic buildings. There are a lot of interesting facts and things to see from artifacts, photographs, images of the 1888 Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency, German POW's to the Buffalo Soldiers.

If you like ghost stories and the such, then the firing of the Christmas Guns is a must see. Fort Reno Christmas Guns is a tradition brought here by German immigrants. The discharging of firearms such as cannons and guns was believed to dispel evil spirits in preparation for the upcoming holiday. Although they can be loud.

If you like history and are in the Oklahoma City area this is a trip worth doing.

6  Thank Jimmy S
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Fort Reno is a world class historic site. We arrived prior to opening so we made the fortunate decision to go look at the cemetery first. If you go, do not miss it. It really was a highlight of the Fort. Walking through the tombstones really tells the story of the fort. There are many children and infants. There are Indian Scouts, Soldiers, Civilians and Wives. There are also Unknown tombstones. In the back of the cemetery there is a separate walled section with German and Italian POWs from WWII. The cemetery is on a hill where the wind is soft. There is a beautiful view for miles across the prairie. It is peaceful there. Take time to reflect on the history of the site.

In the museum we were again lucky. We took time to talk to Maxine. She was extremely friendly and helpful. We are a group of teachers traveling together, so true to our profession, we grilled her with questions. She answered them all and on top of that is a wonderful story teller. She had me in tears twice. Maxine told us that one of the tombstones marked Unknown is for a woman found dead on the prairie. She also told us about the German POWs requesting a chapel and being given supplies to build it. The interior is worth the stop!

Take time to discover this site at your own pace. Don't miss the cemetery and if you are lucky enough to meet Maxine, take time to speak with her and listen to her stories. She could be a history teacher, she make the past come alive.

4  Thank TravelingFreeWoman
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