is a ghost town
and Oklahoma State Park that was formerly a significant city in the Indian Territory
. It grew as a vibrant and thriving town in present day Atoka County
, United States
and became a major trading center on the Texas Road
and the Butterfield Overland Mail
route between Missouri
and San Francisco
. After the American Civil War
when the MKT Railroad
came through it bypassed Boggy Depot and the town began a steady decline. It was soon replaced by Atoka
as the chief city in the area. By the early 1900s all that remained of the community was a sort of ghost town.
The town was founded by Chickasaw
Indians in 1837.May, Jon D., ","
(accessed June 18, 2010). The United States government had removed the Choctaws
to relocate them in the new Indian Territory, including the area of Boggy Depot, in the 1830s. While at first the Choctaws and Chickasaws lived together jointly on the Choctaw land the Chickasaws later emigrated to the western portions of the Indian Territory and eventually formed their own separate nation.
In 1834, General Henry Leavenworth
built the military road from Camp Washita (later Fort Washita
) to Fort Gibson
. For years this road was generally the division between the Choctaw and Chickasaw lands. Afterwards a treaty created a formal dividing line between the nations, with Boggy Depot on the east side of the line in... Read More