Colbert was once a primary gateway to Oklahoma from Texas, across the Red River. Now it is a great place to enjoy Lake Texoma and fill up on famous, Williams Old Style BBQ!
Colbert, Oklahoma is a quiet town that will delight visitors to the Texoma region with its hospitality, history and delicious fare.
Colbert plays a significant role in the history of Oklahoma, the Red River region, and the Chickasaw Nation.
In 1848, a member of the prominent Colbert family within the Chickasaw tribe, Benjamin Franklin Colbert, moved to the area that would soon bear his name. The Colbert family descends from James Logan Colbert, who was born in Scotland, but who took up life with the Chickasaws in their Alabama homeland around 1740. Although details surrounding his life are contested, he married into the Chickasaw tribe and his descendants remain influential to this day.
Benjamin Franklin Colbert was the grandson of Levi Colbert, a chief of the Chickasaw nation also known as Itawamba. Levi Colbert was one of the chief negotiators during the removal of tribes to Indian Territory, with then President Andrew Jackson.
Benjamin Franklin Colbert was a wealthy farmer at the time he moved to Colbert, and in 1853, he started a successful business running a ferry across the Red River. During the Civil War, the ferry was important to the operations of the Confederate Army at Ft. Washita.
After the war, the Chisholm Trail and many settlers continued to influence a growth in business, crossing the Red River via ferry, and Colbert saw much success. In 1874, Colbert built a toll bridge, but it was quickly destroyed by flood. Although it was rebuilt, it was again destroyed by a flood. Soon after the governments of Texas and Oklahoma built a free bridge over the river.
Today, the Colbert Ferry landing site has earned a place on the National Register of Historic places.
Over the years, Colbert has grown to over 1,100 residents. Home to the Colbert Leopards, residents have a lot of bragging rights when it comes to good eats.
Generations have enjoyed the original barbeque flavors that have come from Colbert. First known as PO Sam’s, for 50 years, the restaurant served up smoked meats and the secret sauce- spicy brown gravy. http://www.texomaliving.com/po-sams
Today, Williams Old Style BBQ is continuing the Colbert barbeque tradition. It is worth the detour to Colbert to visit the small but potent shack where Nick Williams smokes his own meat and serves up- you guessed it- brown gravy sauce. You can walk up or drive through to get your goods, and be sure to try out a tamale while you are there.
After you’re done eating, you can swing by the Stuff Shoppe just across the street from Williams Old Style BBQ. The boutique has a wide variety of women’s clothing and accessories, as well as a large selection of metal arts for your home and yard
While visiting Lake Texoma or cruising through Chickasaw Country, be sure to swing by and give Colbert a try for great food, interesting history, and fun shopping.
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