A little about Ft. Towson it was established early in the history of the Choctaw Nation on the Red River, not too far from present day Idabel and Hugo. It is the site of a one time military fort. It is one of the earlier forts in present day Oklahoma, established in 1824, it was held as a bastion against the neighboring Mexican border.
Ft. Towson at the Digital Library of OSU Near the Kiamichi and Red Rivers the old Ft. Towson. It was used heavily during the Mexican war, for a center for troops. Famous historical figures once graced its grounds such as Jefferson Davis, Sam Houston and Davey Crockett to name a few.
Why are we as humans fascinated with the past? Why are we fascinated by the pile of rocks that people left behind of their dwellings hundreds of years ago? What drives us to preserve the past? What will we lose if we don't ? I've never "thought" about Ft. Towson, I've never contemplated where it was, until the day I went to it. I know it now. But it doesn't mean a lot to me. I'm not passionate about this old Fort, created by our Government.
Unlike Doaksville which you can access through the back of a cemetery af ew miles away, an important place for the Choctaw people, this place. This Fort Towson, is getting a brand new visitors center. The State of Oklahoma (probably backed by some federal funding)- is building a brand new visitors center. Why? Why not build a visitors center near Doaksville, why doesn't the Choctaw Nation own Doaksville?
We can't get so caught up in preserving the past that we miss the future. Perhaps photography is the same thing, we photographers preserve moment by moment of the past. It is hard to focus on the future.
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