Historic Fort Reno
Fort Reno has a long and diverse history from its inception during the Indian Wars to its service during the Oklahoma Land Run. During WW2 Fort Reno was used at a Remounting station and a German Prisoners of War Camp. Read about our diverse history in our history section.
Today Fort Reno is managed by the Historic Fort Reno, Inc., is a non profit organization which is dedicated to preservation and use of the historical and cultural resources of Fort Reno. Its mission is to secure funding for restoration of historic structures, Visitor Center operations and activities, educate the public through historical interpretation, and establish those partnerships necessary for the long-term stability of the organization.
- Children 5 and under – Free
- Children 6-18 – $1.00
- Adults (19-54) – $2.00
- Seniors (55 and older) – $1.00Call 405-262-3987 for group rates
Did You Know?
- Famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart flew her autogiro (forerunner of the helicopter) at the Fort Reno airstrip in 1920’s.
- Will Rogers visited the Fort to watch polo matches and horse races.
- Black Jack, the spirited riderless ceremonial horse used in the funeral processions of Presidents Hoover, Kennedy, and Johnson, and General MacArthur was raised and trained at Fort Reno.
- Famous artist Frederic Remington spent 3 months at Fort Reno in 1888, producing many of his drawings of Cavalry, Buffalo Soldiers, Cheyennes & Arapahos, and Scouts.
- 1997 Auction of scrap metal raised funds to establish the Fort Reno Visitor Center that has provided historic interpretation of the site to over 100,000 visitors from June 1997 through the present.
- In 2004, HFRI was selected by Congress to receive historic preservation funds in the amount of $298,000 to be matched by our fundraising efforts. The funds were administered by the National Parks Service as a Save America’s Treasures Grant. Three historic structures were preserved through the Grant, Oklahoma Centennial Commission funds, and our fundraising efforts (the Visitor Center & Museum, the Officer’s Duplex and the Commanding Officer’s Building and partial restoration of the Victorian House).
- You may support the mission and vision of Historic Fort Reno through membership in Historic Fort Reno , Inc., a 501c3, dedicated to preservation, restoration, and continuing education by learning from history.
Fort Reno Map
Take US I40 W through El Reno Oklahoma
Take Exit 119 East to Route 66 We are right on the corner.
PLEASE NOTE : Do not put our address into GPS it will take you to the wrong location instead use Latitude 35.53694 Longitude -98.03408