Fort Sill Road Trip

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A drive to Fort Sill offers an opportunity to pass through Archer City, north of Olney. Larry McMurtry owns the "Booked Up", a treasure trove of hard to find books on the West. There have been some interesting renovations to buildings around the square, including his "Last Picture Show".

East of SH-79, lie two important battle sites. Currently mismarked is the Battle of the Little Wichita, which actually occurred six to nine miles northeast of Archer City. The Battle of Stone Houses, the worst defeat in Texas Ranger's history, occurred further south between SH-16 and SH-79.

Wichita Falls has a good selection of lodging and restaurants as well as it's own waterfalls. The famous ribs at Bar L barbeque drive-in, the red beers down the street at The Deuce (Pioneer Two Drive In) and red tacos at Casa Manana shouldn't be missed. A good way to approach Fort Sill is from the west by driving north on Hwy. 183 through Frederick, Oklahoma and turning east at SH-49. Don't miss the drive to the top of Mount Scott while you are in the vicinity. The fort's original buildings, museum and displays are on a level of excellence with Fort Concho, which many consider the crown jewel of Texas forts. If you intended to travel further north, recommended stops would include the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Fort Supply, just north of the Antelope Hills Battle, the cavalry museum at Fort Leavenworth and the Little Bighorn Battle National Monument. Lawton has a good selection of overnight accommodations and restaurants, handy if you want to start fresh in the morning and drive east to Rush Springs, the site of Van Dorn and Sul Ross' bloody fight with Buffalo Hump's Comanches in 1858. Take US-81 south to Doug's Peach Orchard for fried catfish on the Red River. The restored square at St. Jo is worth the additional drive if you've wandered far enough east to see the markers at Old Spanish Fort.

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