Historical Markers in
Comanche County, Oklahoma

155mm Howitzer Model of 1917/18 (Schneider) 240mm Howitzer, Model 1918 Schneider 280mm Heavy Motorized Gun M65 Ancient Natural Refuge Apache Indian Cemeteries Apache Prisoner-of-War Cemeteries Austro-Hungarian 100mm Field Howitzer, M1914 Austro-Hungarian 100mm Light Field Howitzer M1914/17 Austro-Hungarian 75mm Mountain Cannon Model 15 Austro-Hungarian 76.5mm Field Gun, M1917 Band Quarters British 25-Pounder Field Gun/Howitzer British/Canadian Ordnance QF 18-Pounder Gun Camp Doniphan Cavalry Company Quarters Chief Stumbling Bear Pass Chief Ten Bears Col Jack L. Treadwell Comanche Reformed Church Commissary Storehouse Commissary Storehouse Cpt Riley L. Pitts Czechoslovakian VZ 14/19 10cm Howitzer Czechoslovakian VZ 37 149mm Howitzer Ferguson House First Headquarters - School of Fire for Field Artillery Fort Sill French GPF 155mm Gun, Model of 1917 French M1917 150mm Trench Mortar French Saint Chamond 194mm GPF Gun German 100mm Field Gun, Model 1904 German 100mm Gun, M1914 German 100mm Gun, M1917 German 105mm Field Howitzer, M1898/1909 German 150mm Heavy Field Howitzer M1913 German 150mm Heavy Howitzer German 15cm Rocket Launcher 41 German 170mm Medium Mine Projector, M1916 (Old Pattern) German 250mm Heavy Mine Projector (old model) German 56 150 and 300mm Rocket Launcher German 77mm Field Gun, M1896 (new pattern) German 88mm Anti-Aircraft 36 Gun German GrW 69 210mm Heavy Mortar German Heavy 10cm K-18 Cannon German K-18 15cm Cannon German K-18 170mm Gun German LG 42/1 105mm Airborne Recoilless Gun German M1916 77mm Light Field Gun Historic Homesteads Infantry Barracks Infantry Company Quarters Iraqi SZ-60 57mm Anti Aircraft Gun Lockheed X-7A1 Target Drone M51 Skysweeper 75mm Anti Aircraft Gun MIM-14 Nike Hercules MIM-23 Hawk MIM-3 Nike Ajax Nike Hercules HIPAR Radar AN/FPS-71 Antenna Officers' Quarters Old Post Old Redoubt Post Chapel Post Guardhouse Post Headquarters Proud American Quartermaster Granary Quartermaster Warehouse Quinette Crossing Satank Killed Sherman House Sill Soviet M1931 203mm Howitzer Soviet M1938 122mm Field Howitzer Soviet M1939 52-K 85mm Anti Aircraft Gun Soviet M1939 76.2mm Field Gun Sprint Missile The Civilian Conservation Corps and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge The New Deal Comes to the Refuge U.S. 3-Inch Field Gun, Model of 1902 U.S. 4.7-Inch Gun, Model of 1906 U.S. 6-Inch Siege Howitzer, Model of 1908/1908M1 U.S. 8-Inch Howitzer, M1/M115 U.S. M119 105mm Light Howitzer U.S. M2 Corporal Missile U.S. M43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage U.S. MGM-31A Pershing I U.S. PGM-11 Redstone Missile Under the Southern Cross Americal (23rd) Infantry Division US M2 90mm Anti Aircraft Gun
Oklahoma is known as the "Sooner State" because of the land runs that occurred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. "Sooners" were people who snuck into the unassigned lands of the Oklahoma Territory before the official opening of the land runs. The term "Sooner" eventually became a nickname for people from Oklahoma.
Comanche County, Oklahoma has a rich and diverse history that dates back thousands of years. The region was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache. These tribes lived off the land, hunting buffalo and practicing a nomadic lifestyle.

In the 19th century, European settlement and exploration began in the area. The United States government established several military forts to control the Native American tribes and protect settlers. Fort Sill, which was established in 1869, played a significant role in the region's development. It became an important center for communication, trade, and military operations, and it remains operational to this day.

The Land Run of 1901 was a defining moment in Comanche County's history. Thousands of individuals rushed to claim land when the territory opened up for settlement. This event brought a wave of new settlers, who established towns, built farms, and contributed to the development of the county.

In the 20th century, Comanche County became a hub for the oil and gas industry. The discovery of oil in the early 1900s led to a boom in the local economy and population. The oil industry brought new jobs, businesses, and prosperity to the area.

Today, Comanche County is a thriving community with a mix of urban and rural areas. It is home to Fort Sill and the bustling city of Lawton, which serves as the county seat. The county continues to grow and evolve, while preserving its unique heritage and connection to its Native American roots.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Comanche County, Oklahoma.

  • 1820s - Comanche Native American tribe settles in the area
  • 1836 - Congress establishes Indian Territory, which includes Comanche County
  • 1851 - Treaty of Fort Atkinson is signed, creating a reservation for the Comanche
  • 1872 - The U.S. government establishes the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation in present-day Comanche County
  • 1901 - Lawton is established as the county seat
  • 1907 - Oklahoma becomes a state and Comanche County becomes part of it
  • 1910s - Oil discoveries lead to an economic boom in the county
  • 1942-1945 - Fort Sill, located in Comanche County, serves as a major training center during World War II
  • 1950s-1960s - Integration and civil rights movements impact the county
  • 2004 - Comanche Nation enters into a gaming compact with the state of Oklahoma, allowing the operation of casinos