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Colbert's Ferry

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Colbert's Ferry

Colbert's Ferry Site
Colbert's Ferry is located in Oklahoma
Colbert's Ferry
Nearest city Colbert, Oklahoma
Built 1853
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP June 29, 1972

Colbert's Ferry was an important Red River crossing between Texas and Indian Territory from about 1850 to 1899. Both the Texas Road and the Butterfield Overland Mail route crossed here. It was located about a half-mile southeast of present–day Colbert, Bryan County, Oklahoma; the nearest town on the Texas side of the river is Denison.

Benjamin F. "Frank" Colbert established the ferry in the Chickasaw Nation and later operated Colbert's Station at the same location when the Butterfield Overland Mail company established its stage route. The Colbert post office was opened November 17, 1853, with Walter D. Collins as postmaster.

Colbert's Ferry was added to the National Register of Historic Places (#72001057) in 1972. Only the footings of B.F. Colbert's house are still visible.


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External links

  • Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Colbert's Ferry
  • Oklahoma Digital Maps: Digital Collections of Oklahoma and Indian Territory
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