Created at statehood from a portion of Comanche County, Oklahoma Territory. The word Comanche is believed to be derived from the Spanish Camino Ancho, meaning "broad trail." Originally a part of the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache reservation, Comanche County was opened for homesteading by lottery on August 6, 1901.
Fort Sill, established by General Philip H. Sheridan as a cavalry fort in 1869, is now headquarters for the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center and School. The military reservation, which covers 95,000 acres, contains some 50 historic sites, including the Geromino Guardhouse and the grave of Quanah Parker.
Lawton, the county seat, is home to Cameron University and the Great Plains Area Vocational-Technical School. The Lawton Community Theater and the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra are leading cultural activities of the area, as is the annual Arts for All Festival in April. The Museum of the Great Plains is both educational and entertaining with its outdoor prairie dog village, depot and trading post.
The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge attracts more than a million visitors annually. It is also the site of the Holy City of the Wichitas where the annual Wichita Mountains Easter Sunrise Service is presented.
Location: Comanche County is in southwestern Oklahoma.
Climate: Precipitation averages 36.0 inches yearly in this area. The average January temperature is 41.8 degrees Fahrenheit and 81.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average July temperature.
County Seat: Lawton
Distances: Lawton to: Altus - 57 miles Oklahoma City - 98 miles Ardmore - 99 miles
Land Area: 1,083 square miles of mountains in the north and plains in the south, with three major lakes and four major streams