Altus, Oklahoma

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Altus is a city in Jackson County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 21,447 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Jackson County[3].

Altus is home to Altus Air Force Base, the United States Air Force's training base for pilots and aircrew in the C-17, and KC-135. It is also home to Western Oklahoma State College and Southwest Technology Center.



The town that would later be named Altus was founded in 1886.[4] The community was originally called Frazer and served as a trading post until it was relocated due to an 1891 flood.[5] It was renamed Altus, a Latin word meaning "high place".[5]

The city has seen relatively steady growth since the beginning. The population doubled between the time of Oklahoma statehood and the 1910 census and even increased during the Great Depression.[5] An irrigation project in the 1940s and World War II led to further growth in the town as the nearby air field was used to train military pilots.[5]


Altus is located at 34°38′38″N 99°19′36″W / 34.64389°N 99.32667°W / 34.64389; -99.32667 (34.643754, -99.326603)[6]. Altus is situated in what used to be Old Greer County, an area with disputed ownership until a Supreme Court decision awarded it to Oklahoma Territory instead of Texas.[5] The city lies between the main channel and north fork of the Red River.[5]

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