In relation to most Oklahoma towns, which were either founded upon the Sooner
land rush or along rail road stations, Boggy Depot got its start very early. By the late
1830s, Boggy Depot centered the Choctaw/ Chickasaw Nation, served as a stop
along the military road from
Fort Washita to Fort Smith, and would later become the
seat of the autonomous Chickasaw Nation.

Early Beginnings
Boggy Depot grew in importance as cowboys along the Shawnee cattle trail, and travelers
on the Butterfield Overland Stagecoach route, passed through the town. Some
enterprising men erected a toll bridge across Boggy Creek, supplanting the ferry crossing.
Boggy Depotians (if that's what they called themselves) built Oklahoma's first Masonic
Lodge above a church, and a large school house accommodated the area's families.

By the eve of the Civil War, Boggy Depot held all the trappings of a good sized town. An
apothecary, mortuary, blacksmith shop, bakery, hotel, and dry goods store ensured that the
town dominated as a trading center. One could also find a flour mill, cotton gin, bois d'arc
seed mill (which sold seeds to  farmers who made bois d'arc fences), and a salt works. A
Confederate camp comprised of mostly Chickasaw and Choctaw soldiers was established
just west of the town, and a Union ambush resulted in several deaths.

Lost Town
After the war, the Chickasaw and Choctaw national boundaries were redrawn. Boggy Depot
ended up being in Choctaw territory, so many of the Chickasaws abandoned the town to
establish new settlements - such as New Boggy Depot- further west. The KATY railroad cut
a swath about 12 miles east of Boggy Depot along the Shawnee cattle trail, and Atoka
gained prominence along the tracks. The Boggy Depot post office stopped accepting mail
in 1883.

Today, Boggy Depot consists merely of a few open fields in a small state park. A museum
commemorates the town. All of the old buildings are gone, although markers indicate what
used to be where. The cemetery is the only visible remnant of this busy and interesting
Chickasaw town.
A marker commemorates the Boggy Depot's
Butterfield Overland Stage Coach stop
.
An old, abandoned road upon which many men, horses, wagons, and history have traveled.
The Boggy Depot cemetery contains graves
from the earliest settlers of Oklahoma
(including that of Rev. Allen Wright, who
coined the name "Oklahoma.") The wall that
surrounded these graves of prominent people
has been dismantled by later settlers needing
stones to build their houses (dismantling
cemeteries is a surprisingly common
American practice!).

Along the wall, I found an old, folded piece of
paper with a message written in ink: "Contact
me if I can use these rocks." No name, date, or
address  was given, which I thought peculiar.
Ghostly Directions!
Today, the site of Boggy Depot is a
state park, tucked away along
isolated roads and miles from any
larger town. Its hidden location
makes Boggy Depot an adventure to
find - but it also lives up to its ghost
town status. Boo!

To get to Boggy Depot, you'll have to
do some winding around. From
Durant, take OK 78 north, then take
OK 48 north at the fork all the way to
Wapanucka. In Wapanucka, go east
on OK 7, then turn onto N3760 Road
(named something else; it's the 3rd
street about 2-3 miles east of
Wapanucka). There will be a sign on
OK 7 indicating the road to Boggy
Depot State Park.
This hand carved, neglected stone in the cemetery provided me with more than a photo
opportunity. I had been taking pictures in the cemetery and upon rounding this stone, I smelled
perfume. The scent was pretty strong, although no one was around me. I could not see flowers
on any of the graves, and I don't wear perfume myself. My camera started acting up (weird
squiggly lines across the screen) moments later.
Chickasaw Ghost Town: Boggy Depot
Hi there. I came across your site while doing research on Oklahoma and the Civil War. I'm proud
to say I'm from the Boggy Depot area (Tushka which also has a fascinating history). Technically
I'm not from Boggy but I live on Boggy Depot Rd. I wanted to tell you there is a much better way
to get to the park than the directions on your site.

From Durant head north on hwy 69/75 to Tushka (6 miles south of Atoka). Once you see the sign
for Tushka and the blinking school caution light, look for the sign for Boggy Depot State Park.
Turn west on Boggy Depot Road and the park is 8 miles down that road. It's a heavily traveled
and well maintained paved road. Boggy Depot Road stretches from the west end of Atoka County
to close to 20 miles east.

Incidentally Jerry Cantrell guitarist  for Alice In Chains was raised in the area. Lain Lake Road
just south of Boggy is named for his grandparents. In fact he titled his solo album Boggy Depot
and the cover art shows him waist deep in the Boggy.

Well just wanted to share some info about my hometown!

Shawna from Atoka, Oklahoma
From a Reader:
Listen to / read NPR on the fate of
Boggy Depot. My comments are
in the middle of the story.

Tribes Save Boggy Depot Park
After State Spending Cuts
Surrounding Boggy Depot are still remains of
the past, like this wattle and daub house that
sits in a field.
Questions or comments?
E-mail me:
robin@redriverhistorian.com
Park has come under the
direction of the Choctaw
Nation. It is still a park but not
under state control.

Read about other
ghostly
adventures on my Blog.