Welcome to Historic Fort Reno









Historic Fort Reno

Fort Reno began as a military camp in 1874 in the Indian Wars Era. It was established at the insistence of Agent John Miles at the Darlington Indian Agency, to pacify and protect the Cheyenne’s & Arapahos there. Troops from the 10th Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers) were dispatched from Fort Sill, but, because of other Indian unrest, were detained at the nearby Wichita Agency at present day Anadarko. The military “Camp Near the Cheyenne Agency” for Darlington was then set up for 19 months by soldiers from the 5th Infantry and 6th Cavalry from Forts Dodge and Leavenworth under Lt. Col. Thomas Neil.

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.

Fort Reno is open to the public Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm for tours.


Historic Fort Reno Visitors Center
Historic Fort Reno Visitors Center

General Admission

Did You Know?

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