A part of the original Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation established by treaty in 1867, Custer County was named for General George A. Custer and was part of 3.5 million acres opened for settlement by the Land Run of April 19,1892. Arapaho is the county seat. Both Clinton and Weatherford (15 miles east of Clinton) were established largely as a result of the westward expansion of the railroads. The Rock Island Railroad completed its east-west line to present-day Clinton, then called Washita Junction, in 1903. A special act of Congress allowed four Indians to sell half of each of their 160-acre allotments to create the Clinton townsite. The Territorial government established a two-year college for training teachers at Weatherford. This college has become a four-year university offering some graduate degrees and a School of Pharmacy. The economy of Custer County is allied with oil and gas prices as the area lies atop the rich Anadarko Basin. Foss State Park and A Wildlife Refuge near Butler, as well as a large 3M facility near Weatherford, also contribute to the economy of the county. Location: Custer County is in western Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 30.6 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 41.4 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 80.2 degrees Fahrenheit. County Seat: Arapaho Distances: Arapaho to: Woodward - 73 miles Oklahoma City - 89 miles Lawton - 96 miles Land Area: 1,002 square miles of level plains

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