Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 14000050
Historic Name BEATTIES PRAIRIE
Description of Significance BEATTIE’S PRAIRIE IS SIGNIFICANT UNDER CRITERION A AS A SITE THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS AND ITS IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH. THE SITE IS LINKED TO THE ARRIVAL AND RESETTLEMENT OF THE CHEROKEES IN TODAY’S OKLAHOMA AT THE END OF THEIR TRAIL OF TEARS. IN 1839 CHEROKEE PARTIES COMPLETING THE TRAIL OF TEARS DISBANDED AT THIS SITE. BEATTIE’S PRAIRIE IS ALSO SIGNIFICANT UNDER CRITERION D FOR ITS POTENTIAL TO YIELD INFORMATION. MINIMAL ARCHEOLOGICAL TESTING REVEALED THE FORT LOCATION. WHILE NO FURTHER EXCAVATIONS ARE PLANNED, THE SITE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO YIELD INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CHEROKEE ON THE LAND AS WELL AS FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE GARRISON PERIOD. CONSEQUENTLY, THE PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANCE FOR BEATTIE’S PRAIRIE IS 1839 WHEN THE CHEROKEE DISBANDED AT THIS LOCATION TO 1842 WHEN THE FORT CLOSED. IT IS SIGNIFICANT AT THE STATE LEVEL BECAUSE IT IS ASSOCIATED WITH EVENTS THAT HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE BROAD PATTERNS OF OUR HISTORY AS IT RELATES TO ETHNIC HERITAGE, SPECIFICALLY NATIVE AMERICAN.
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Historic Function DEFENCSE: MILITARY FACILITY
Current Function AGRICULTURE
Area Signficance 1 ETHNIC HERITAGE: NATIVE AMERICAN
Area Significance 2 MILITARY
Date Prepared 12/2013
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