Comanche County Memorial Hospital
Lawton's rich history began on August 6, 1901, when the Kiowa-Comanche reservation was opened for settlement. A lottery was used to distribute the land. A person wanting a claim, which was 160 acres in the new section, had to register for a drawing. Experience the history of the Lawton Fort Sill community by visiting the Red River Trading Post, located at the Museum of the Great Plains, during their Spring and Fall Encampments. You will feel as though you have traveled back in time to the 1880s as you walk through this elaborate and detailed exhibit of the way life used to be. You might also want to visit the Mattie Beal Home, a 14-room Greek Revival-style mansion built in 1908, located at the corner of Summit and 5th Street; and the Little Chapel of Lawton, a Gothic Revival-style church built in 1902 and Lawton's oldest remaining building, located at the corner of 7th Street and D Avenue. Today, Lawton has grown to be the third-largest metropolitan statistical area in the state and serves as a prominent shopping, medical, recreational, educational and religious center for the region. It is the retail and distribution center for the area's cattle, dairy and agricultural industries.