Cotton County is composed of land belonging at one time to Quapaws, Choctaws and Chickasaws, the Comanche Reservation, and the Big Pasture. Part of it was created from the southern portion of Comanche County, and was formed as a result of a vote of its residents on August 22, 1912, after statehood. Agriculture has long been important to the economic base of the county. Principal crops include wheat and cotton. Livestock is also considered significant. Oil and gas production begun in 1917, rose to nearly 800 producing wells by 1952 when it ranked ninth in the state in oil production. Walters, the county seat, is the home of the Cotton County Electric Cooperative, largest rural electric cooperative in Oklahoma. Annual events held in Walters include the Walters Round-Up Club Rodeo in July, the Cotton County Free Fair in September, and the National Wheat Harvest Festival in May. Sultan Park, north of Walters is a recreational area and is the site of Comanche Indian Powwows. Location: Cotton County borders the Texas state line and is in the southwest part of Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 36.0 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 41.8 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 81.1 degrees Fahrenheit. County Seat: Walters Distances: Walters to: Altus - 78 miles Oklahoma City - 113 miles Land Area: 642 square miles of predominantly agricultural land comprised of level plains and rolling hills

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