Lawton, Oklahoma

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The city of Lawton is the county seat of Comanche County, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma.[3] Located in the southwestern region of Oklahoma approximately 80 miles (130 km) southwest of Oklahoma City, near the Wichita Mountains, it is the principal city of the Lawton Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2009, Lawton's population was 91,187, making it the fifth largest city in the state.[1] Built on former reservation lands of Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Indians, Lawton began in 1901 as a town opened by lottery for homestead development. The city was named after Major General Henry Ware Lawton, a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in action in the Philippine–American War. The city's proximity to Fort Sill Army Post gave Lawton economic and population stability in the region throughout the 20th century.[4]

Lawton's economy is still largely dependent on Fort Sill, but has also grown to encompass manufacturing, higher education, health care, and retail.[5] Lawton is served by Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport and Interstate 44. The Great Plains Coliseum hosts athletic and other events, while other recreation can be found at Lawton's many parks, lakes, museums, and festivals.

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