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Discover Oklahoma: Historic haunts around the state

Aunt Jane at Fort Washita and a mysterious lady in red seen in Cain's Ballroom are among the ghosts that haunt Oklahoma's historic sites.
BY DINO LALLI Modified: October 30, 2013 at 8:02 pm •  Published: October 30, 2013

Whether you believe in things that go bump in the night, ghosts, goblins or all of the above, you can find some excitement permeating the air in Oklahoma this Halloween.

Quite a few destinations in Oklahoma claim to have some unusual goings on, not just during Halloween, but all year long. The first is the Fort Washita Historic Site and Museum in Durant. Built in 1842 as a protective force for the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes, the fort has a rich history and its restored barracks give visitors a good indication of how troops lived in those early days.

One very determined female ghost named Aunt Jane is rumored to haunt the grounds there. It seems Fort Washita was Aunt Jane's home for a time, but one night, thieves murdered her when she refused to reveal where she had hidden her money. Today, you can tour Fort Washita and soak in its wealth of history and significance. The fort hosts a big fur trade rendezvous every year.

Other sites

One of the most popular “ghostly” tours in Oklahoma takes place at Fort Reno. The lantern-lighted tour of the historic site is offered each March through October. “Unexplained” things are said to occur consistently at the old fort, including slamming doors, cold spots and footsteps. The post was established in 1874 to protect the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. Over the years, it served as two remount depots, and it also served as a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. Tour guides tell the stories of the restless spirits who still inhabit the old fort, as well as some unsolved mysteries, urban legends and murderous tales.

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