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

  • 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

Coming Events


Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm
The annual Fort Reno Candlelight Tour, held at Historic Fort Reno, features re-enactors portraying people, events and short scenes that detail Fort Reno life from 1874 to present.  Re-enactments will be held by lantern and…
SEASON STARTS MARCH THROUGH OCTOBER , RD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH EXCEPT OCT. Call 405 262 3987 Sat March 21  7:30pm Weather Permitting Sat April 18  7:30pm Sat May 16  7:30pm Sat June 20  8:00pm Sat…
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FORT RENO 55th REUNION (Saturday)
(Saturday- Gab Fest (6-8pm); Sunday-HFRI Annual Meeting and Reunion (10 am-2pm), The reunion is for anyone who has lived or worked, or had relatives who lived or worked at Fort Reno at anytime in the…
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
(Saturday- Gab Fest (6-8pm); Sunday-HFRI Annual Meeting and Reunion (10 am-2pm), The reunion is for anyone who has lived or worked, or had relatives who lived or worked at Fort Reno at anytime in the…

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