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Lawton is an exciting community in southwest Oklahoma, located in a setting of beautiful natural attractions and rich with Native American history.


The following pages will help you explore the city of Lawton.

Fast facts about Lawton:

  • Lawton was founded on August 6, 1901, when the last of the Indian lands in the Oklahoma Territory, the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache reservation, was opened by the federal government for settlement. (Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907).
  • The city is named for General Henry W. Lawton, a distinguished general of the Spanish-American war. He is also credited with the pursiut and capture of the legendary Apache Chief Geronimo in 1886.
  • Lawton is located in Comanche County.
  • With 92,757 people, Lawton is the third-largest city in Oklahoma.
  • There are 114,996 people in Comanche County.
  • Lawton is 1,188 feet above sea level.
  • Gullesheim, Germany, is Lawton's sister city.
  • Lawton appears on Forbes' List of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers.

Source: The City of Lawton  

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