Overview of Lawton
The city of Lawton is located in southwest Oklahoma, along the major Interstate 44 roughly 90 miles northwest of bustling Oklahoma City. Lawton apartments for rent are easy to find. The city has a growing population of nearly 100,000 people and sits in Comanche County near the well-known Wichita Mountains.
Lawton is the third-largest city in Oklahoma and was recognized by Forbes as one of the "Best Small Places for Business and Careers." City Town Info indicated that the city is the cultural and commercial center of southwest Oklahoma, and the area is also well-known for its large amount of granite deposits and cotton.
Living in Lawton, OK
Lawton was founded on August 6, 1901, when the federal government opened the land of the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache reservation for settlement. The Fort Sill Army post was constructed just north of Lawton in 1869, which contributed to the abolishment of hostility in the area from Indian tribes. Henry Lawton was the quartermaster at Fort Sill and is well-known for capturing Apache leader Geronimo and placing him in jail. Lawton city was named to pay tribute to Henry Lawton.
Today Lawton takes pride in its green community efforts and the artistic endeavors of its residents. As the county seat of Comanche County, Lawton thrives as a governmental center for the area.
Lawton Attractions and Special Events
People living in Lawton apartments have a wide array of cultural attractions and museums, parks and outdoor recreation, and events to take advantage of.
A popular area attraction for residents and visitors alike is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1901 along with the founding of the city and is located approximately 25 miles outside of city limits. Visitors can experience many unique interactions with nature across the 59,020 acres of land. The refuge features buffalo, elk, deer and numerous other animal and plant species. Holy City of Wichita, Lake Lawtonka, Quanah Parker Lake & Dam, Mount Scott and Quartz Mountain Nature Park are all popular destinations inside the reserve.
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