The U.S. Army built Fort Richardson in 1867, and Buffalo Soldiers from both the 10th U.S. Cavalry and the 24 th U.S. Infantry operated here during the 1870s. The soldiers of Richardson maintained the post, helped local law officers keep the peace, pursued criminals and deserters, escorted wagon trains, oversaw elections, protected cattle herds, and fought during the battles of the Red River War.
Now a state park, the site includes both restored and reconstructed buildings. Guided tours and various special events are offered, including military reenactments. The Fort grounds provide opportunities for a variety of activities, including tent camping, hiking and wildlife observation.
Fort Richardson State Historic Site and Park