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Lawton Overview

Lawton is located about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. As of the 2010 Census Lawton had a population of over 95,000 people. It is located on lands formerly of the Comanche, Apache, and Kiowa reservations, all of which operate casinos within the city limits. The city is located close to Fort Sill which is a United States Army instillation.

The city has a mall, various universities, strip clubs, bars and country music dance halls, a theater, and a wide variety of restaurants. Located nearby is also the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge where free roaming cattle, buffalo, elk, prarie dogs, and coyotes can be seen.

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.