Dwight Mission, Oklahoma

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Dwight Mission is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 32 at the 2000 census. It is currently the home of Dwight Mission Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center.

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History

(see Dwight Presbyterian Mission)

The original "Dwight Mission" was established in August 1820 on Illinois Bayou (near present day Russelville, Arkasnas in the Cherokee settlements. It was named after Rev. Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University.[1]

In 1828 the Western Cherokees were forced to move out of Arkansas into Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). As a result of this moved, Dwight Mission was reestablished on Sallisaw Creek, in Sequoyah County in the Marble City, Oklahoma area. The mission was sited about about twelve miles above the junction of Sallisaw Creek and the Arkansas River and thirty miles east of Fort Gibson.[2]

A series of parochial and tribal schools existed on the site until 1948 (with the exception of the Civil War years when the site was abandoned) and 1884-1886).[3]

In 1950, Presbyterian Church USA purcased the property. Since that time, Dwight Mission has served as a church camp and retreat center.[4][5]

In 2003, the Green Party of Oklahoma held its second annual convention at Dwight Mission.[6]

Geography

Dwight Mission is located at 35°33′26″N 94°51′1″W / 35.55722°N 94.85028°W / 35.55722; -94.85028 (35.557330, -94.850257)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.8 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.09%) is water.

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