permission when we require him to obey it." -- Theodore Roosevelt
Comanche County, Oklahoma
Comanche County is named for the Comanche Tribe that once roamed this area in large numbers. In the late 1800s, the U.S. Government opened the western parts of the territory to settlers. Comanche County was established on August 6, 1901. On November 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state in the union. Thus, a number of Comanche County communities existed before statehood. Comanche County encompasses over 1,069 square miles.
Comanche County is located in southwestern Oklahoma, approximately 100 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The county is host to Fort Sill, a major installation of the U.S. Army, which serves as the base for the U.S. Army Field Artillery School and the U.S. Army Air Defense School. Also, within the county is the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Cities within Comanche County include the county seat Lawton, Indiahoma, Cache, Chattanooga, Faxon, Geronimo, Sterling, Fletcher, Elgin and Medicine Park.
Comanche County's economy is based largely on agriculture, livestock, and the military presence at Fort Sill. Comanche County is also home to plants operated by Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Republic Paper and Bar-S Foods.