Exploring USA one town at a time: Comanche, OK #22

Comanche is a city in Stephens County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,663 at the 2010 census.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), all land.

Comanche, Oklahoma, USA, 28 February 2023

History of Comanche, OK

Comanche is a small city in southwest Oklahoma, set in rolling prairie land interspersed with oil fields, ranches, farms, pecan orchards, and timbered areas.

Comanche is located in what was once the famous Louisiana Purchase, a part of which was later 1855 designated Indian Territory and set aside for the Five Civilized Tribes. Comanche became part of the Chickasaw Nation and was identified as Comanche, Indian Territory, until statehood in 1907.

The city has had a series of names. The first settlers lived north of the present site and called the settlement Tucker.

With the coming of the Rock Island Railroad in 1892, Indian landowner Johnny D. Wilson gave the city its current location on the railroad, and the Tucker post office was moved here in 1893. Many had wanted to call it Wilson Town; some called it Border Queen because of the annual large celebrations, carnivals, bands, and Indian activities. Mr. Wilson, however, insisted it is named Comanche because of the Comanche Indians who roamed here. Comanche was incorporated on November 23, 1898, and began its progress, located about two miles (3.2 km) east of present-day Comanche.

The cattle were driven from Texas, through Indian Territory to Kansas for shipment east. Parts of this historic trail can still be clearly seen today. Comanche has a colorful history is still reflected in its lifestyle and activities. A Western flavor is felt here, and Comanche is often called the “rodeo capital of the world.” Indeed, many World Champion Rodeo performers call Comanche home. As do oil companies and oil field workers, racehorse, Quarter Horse owners, and farmers add their influence. Authentic Indian customs and tribal observations are still practiced. Artists, educators, and others add still more variety and culture. Indeed, it can be said that Comanche’s greatest asset is its diversity of talent and people.

Entertainment in Comanche, OK

Recreation in the Comanche Area is divided into lake activities and sports. Waurika Lake, a 10,000-acre (40 km2) lake, lies eight to ten miles (16 km) southwest of Comanche on access roads. The lake’s recreational area offers all related activities (camping, swimming, fishing, boating, and hunting). Comanche Lake, three miles (4.8 km) east on Hwy. 53, offers the same recreations on a smaller scale.

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