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Lawton and Comanche County

Lawton is a city of about 98,000 (up 6% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 44 and US Highway 62 in Comanche County in South Central Oklahoma. The area was long occupied by various Indian tribes like the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache, along with pre-historic habitation (like the Clovis People some 13,000 years ago). The town was formed in 1901 after Indian lands here were opened to settlers and was named after General Henry W. Lawton. General Lawton received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Civil War, served in various Indian Campaigns and the Spanish American War and was killed in action during a campaign in the Philippines in 1899. Much of the economic success and stability of the city was due to its location near the army base Fort Sill, but the city has developed a diverse economy since the early days. Lawton is the county seat of Comanche County which was formed in 1901 and was named after the Comanche Indians.

Museums

Lawton has some very nice museums like the Great Plains Museum that are worth a visit.

Mattie Beal Home

The Mattie Beal Home is one of over a dozen historically and/or architecturally interesting sites in Lawton that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Last visit to Lawton: May 2012
  • Intro Updated Oct 21, 2014
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