After visiting the fort, we drove to the historic frontier burial ground that preserves the final resting places of men and women who played major roles in the development of the Western frontier.
One of the most famous gravestones belongs to the Cherokee wife of Sam Houston.
"General John Nicks, one of the most outstanding pioneers of Oklahoma was a soldier in two wars, a legislator, United States Prosecuting Attorney, and man of affairs while his wife Sarah was the first woman to hold an appointment from the United States government in the state of Oklahoma."
"Daniel Dwight Hitchcock, M.D., son of Jacob and Nancy (Brown) Hitchcock, was born at Dwight Mission, Cherokee Nation, in 1823. Taught school at Park Hill mission station, and at Sweet Town, Cherokee Nation; studied medicine at New Haven, and at Bowdoin College [Brunswick, Maine]; M.D., Bowdoin, 1851; practiced among the Cherokee Nation, until the rebellion; was made prisoner by the rebels, but on the approach of the Union army, was left by them; served as Surgeon of the 1st Indian Regt. until end of war; returned to his old home among the Cherokees. Died from cholera, at Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation."
Another grave is one of Billy Bow Legs.
A sutler is a civilian merchant who sells provisions to an army in the field, in camp or in quarters.
Disease was a major problem at the frontier fort and claimed many lives, including those of children.
Such an interesting cemetery. It remains active and contains the graves of more than 19,000 people, most of whom have served in the US military.