Cotton County, Oklahoma

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Cotton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population was 6,614. Its county seat is Walters[1].

When Oklahoma achieved statehood in 1907, the area which is now Cotton County fell within the boundaries of Comanche County.[2] It was split off in 1912, becoming the last county created in Oklahoma; it was named for the county's primary crop.[3]



The county got its name in 1912, when residents elected to split from Comanche County and name the new county for the primary crop in the region at the time.[3] Randlett was assigned as a temporary county seat until a November 4, 1912 election made Walters, Oklahoma the permanent location.[3]

Wheat became more prevalent than and corn just as prevalent as cotton as early as 1915.[3] In 1934, corn had dwindled and winter wheat, cotton and oats had become the primary crops.[3]

The county population has generally declined since 1920.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 642 square miles (1,662.8 km2), of which 637 square miles (1,649.8 km2) is land and 5 square miles (12.9 km2) (0.83 percent) is water.

The eastern portion of the county is in the Cross Timbers region.[3] Its creeks and streams drain to the southeast into the Red River, which borders the county on the south.[3]

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