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Military Reservations, National Cemeteries and Military Parks  

 (Source: United States Military Reservations, National Cemeteries and Military Parks, Publ. 1916. Transcribed by Kim Mohler) 


FORT GIBSON NATIONAL CEMETERY


This cemetery is situated near the town of Fort Gibson in Muskogee County, and was a part of what was called the Fort Gibson Reservation. The original reservation contained 5,541 acres and was embraced within the lands of the Cherokee Nation, situated on the east bank of the Neosho River, ceded by treaties dated February 14, 1833, December 29, 1835, and July 19, 1866. It was declared a military reservation by Executive order dated January 25, 1870. Reservation abandoned and turned over to the Department of the Interior (excepting a piece of ground 600 feet in length by 500 feet in width on the southwest corner of reservation, it being the site of the above-named cemetery) by Executive order dated February 7, 1891, issued under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 5, 1884 (23 Stat., 103), providing for the transfer of reservations to the Department of the Interior when no longer needed for military purposes. Present area of reservation 300,000 square feet, or 6.83 acres.
Jurisdiction - Ceded to the United States by the following act of the State legislature approved March 17, 1913 (session laws, 1913, p. 95):
Be it enacted, etc., That exclusive jurisdiction be, and the same is hereby ceded to the United States over the tract of land comprised within the cemetery known as the Fort Gibson National Cemetery, area about nine acres in Muskogee County: Provided, however, That the State of Oklahoma reserves the right to serve civil or criminal process within said cemetery reservation in suits or prosecutions for or on account of rights acquired, obligations incurred, or crimes committed in said state but outside of said cemetery reservation.

MILITIA TARGET RANGE


This range is situated in Lincoln County, in sections 8 and 9, township 14 north, range 4 east, and contains 154.48 acres.
Title - 1. Deed from Neal Brown et ux., dated March 10, 1909, conveying 40 acres. Recorded in book 33, page 337, office of register of deeds, Lincoln County.
2. Deed from H.C. Brunt et ux., dated May 17, 1910, conveying 80 acres. Recorded in book 35, page 9, of same records.
3. Deed from Roy V. Hoffman et ux., dated January 5, 1914, conveying 34.48 acres. Recorded in book 41, page 620, of same records.
FORT RENO
This reservation is situated on the North Fork of the Canadian River, in Canadian County, and contains an area of 9,493 acres.
Title - Set apart from the public domain by being included within the limits of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indiana Reservation, by Executive order dated August 10, 1869. Proclaimed a military reservation by Executive order dated July 17, 1883.
Easement - Right of way to Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Co., granted by act of January 31, 1900. (31 Stat., 3.)
Revocable licenses - January 9, 1891, May 28, 1897, January 10, 1898, and March 8, 1898, to the Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad Co. (formerly Choctaw Coal & Railroad Co.) covering extension and operation of its railway on and through the reservation.
March 18, 1897, to George Washington Lodge, No. 13, Knights of Pythias, to erect a lodge building.
September 23, 1897, to Missouri, Kansas & Texas Telephone Co. for telephone line.
August 19, 1903, to Topeka & El Reno Telephone Co. for telephone line.
December 5, 1907, to State of Oklahoma for use of rifle range.
September 3, 1910, to Pioneer Telephone & Telegraph Co. for telephone line.
June ___, 1913, to the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Co. for an extension of 400 feet to existing spur track from its main line on reservation.
Jurisdiction - Ceded to the United States by the following act of the State legislature approved March 17, 1913 (session laws, 1913, p. 90):
Be it enacted, etc., That exclusive jurisdiction be, and the same is hereby ceded to the United States over all the territory now owned by the United States and comprised within the limits of the Military Reservation of Fort Sill, in Comanche County, and Fort Reno, in Canadian County, as declared from time to time by the President of the United States, and over such lands as may hereafter be acquired for the enlargement of said reservations; provided, however, that the State of Oklahoma reserves the right to serve civil or criminal process within said reservations in suits or prosecution for or on account of rights acquired, obligations incurred, or crimes committed in said state but outside of such cessions and reservations: Provided, further, That the State of Oklahoma reserves the right to tax railroad companies and other corporations and their franchises and property on said reservations: And provided, further, That the jurisdiction herein ceded shall continue no longer than the United States shall own and hold said reservations for military purposes.

FORT SILL


This reservation is situated on Medicine Bluff Creek, in Comanche County, on the line of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, about 6 miles north of Lawton, and contains an area of about 51,292.82 acres, with boundaries, except as to tract reserved August 29, 1907, infra, as announced in G.O. 87, W.D., May 8, 1906.
Title - Reserved from the public domain originally as an Indian Reservation for the benefit of the Wichita, Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Indians, a tract of 23,040 acres was, by Executive order of October 7, 1871, set apart as a military reservation. By Executive orders of February 26, 1897 (G.O. 14, A.G.O., March 15, 1897), September 20, 1901 (G.O. 128, A.G.O., September 27, 1901), and August 29, 1907 (G.O. 189, W.D., September 11, 1907), the reservation was enlarged by the addition of 26,987.30 acres, 893.07 acres, and 372.45 acres, respectively.
Easements - Act of Congress approved January 31, 1900 (31 Stat., 3), authorized the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Co. to construct a railway line through the reservation. Location of right of way approved by the Secretary of War August 13, 1900.
Act of Congress approved February 10, 1903 (32 Stat., 821), grants right of way across this reservation to the Oklahoma City & Western Railroad Co., "upon such line as may be determined and approved by the Secretary of War." The railroad was located and built under license of May 14, 1902. The title to said railroad and the property of the above company having passed by deed, dated July 18, 1907, to the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Co., the Secretary of War on April 1, 1911, under the authority vested in him by the above act, approved the location of the line of said railroad.
Act of Congress approved June 29, 1906 (34 Stat., 613), authorized the Wichita Mountain & Orient Railway Co. to construct and maintain a railway, telegraph, and telephone line through the reservation. Location approved by the Secretary of War by instrument dated January 20, 1908.
Act of Congress approved August 24, 1912 (37 Stat., 495), authorized the Lawton Railway & Lighting Co. to construct, maintain, and operate railway, telegraph, telephone, and trolley lines through the reservation. Location approved by Secretary of War by instrument dated October 10, 1912.
Revocable licenses - July 19, 1906, to the Apache Mission Telephone Co. for telephone line.
May 29, 1907, to the Pioneer Telephone & Telegraph Co. for telephone line.
October 4, 1907, to the city of Lawton, Okla., for water-supply pipe line across reservation.
August 16, 1913, to W.D. Gibbons, postmaster, to construct a suitable building for post-office purposes.
September 23, 1913, to same to connect said building with the Government water, sewer, and light mains.
June 8, 1914, to the Pleasant Valley Rural Telephone Co. for telephone lines.
July 16, 1915, to the Lawton Railway & Lighting Co. to connect its waiting stations on the reservation with the electric lighting, water, and sewerage systems of the post.
Jurisdiction - See "Fort Reno."

FORT SILL WATER-SUPPLY RESERVE


This reservation is situated within the national forest reserve made by Executive order of July 4, 1901, and enlarged May 29, 1906, and partly within the game preserve made by Executive order of June 2, 1905, and was reserved by Executive order of December 15, 1909 (G.O. 251, W.D., December 24, 1909). It contains an area of about 16,420 acres. As to so much of the land as is comprised within the game preserve, the reservation for a game preserve is the dominant one, but the use of the lands for forest purposes is subordinate to their use for the conservation of water for the Fort Sill Military Reservation.
 





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