Site of Manard Settlement on Bayou Menard. Named for Pierre Menard (1766-1844. Menard, an early day fur trader, merchant and member of the Chouteau family. Served as the first territorial governor of Illinois.
Springs at Manard identified as a Cherokee council ground prior to 1828. Trading post est. by Bartholet & Heald in 1832. Cherokee agency est. by Montfort Stokes in 1837. Burial place of HT Martin (1822-1868), first postmaster of Cherokee Nation West.
Site of Civil War skirmish on July 27, 1862, involving US Maj. WM A Phillips and Indian Home Guards who encountered and routed Watie's Confederates under Lt Col Thos Fox Taylor.
Stage stop and site of holdup of US Mail by Cook Gang on July 14, 1894, and shooting of Joseph Glad by outlaw Jim French in 1894.
Post office from 1883-1913. Manard school est. by 1863, and closed when consolidated with Ft Gibson Schools in 1966.