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Lawton is the county seat of Comanche County in southwestern Oklahoma. It covers 81 sq mi (209.8 sq km) and has a population approaching 100,000 people (2011 estimate). It is the fifth largest city in Oklahoma. It lies in the Great Plains surrounding by the prairie landscape which is generally flat with gently rolling hills.

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Lawton experiences a dry subtropical climate with often very hot and dry summers, and mild to cold winters. July is the hottest month, when temperatures may reach 95.7°F (35.39°C). In January, the coldest month, temperature drops to 26.4°F (-3.11°C). May is the wettest month in Lawton, receiving 5.08 in (129 mm) of rainfall.

The area of present-day Lawton has been inhabited for thousands of years, as archaeological evidence show various prehistoric cultures in the area. The modern history of Lawton can be traced to the founding of Fort Sill in 1869.

Although the area was Indian Territory, legal maneuvering on the part of the United States eventually gave the federal government control of over 2 million acres of surplus Indian land. From this land, the counties of Kiowa, Caddo and Comanche were created, and the town of Lawton established in 1901, via an auction of town lots to white settlers.

Lawton saw rapid growth particularly in the post Baby Boomer decades, in the late 1940s and 50s. In the ensuing decades, its population has grown and is expected to continue growing for a couple more decades.

Visiting Lawton

Interstate 44 connects Lawton to Oklahoma City to the north and Wichita Falls to the south.

Places of Interest in Lawton

  1. Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center
    Place to get to know the Comanche culture and view artifacts related to its history.

  2. Museum of the Great Plains
    Museum showcasing the various cultures of the Native Americans of the Great Plains.

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