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]

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History

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]

Geography

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]

Major highways

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