Altus, Oklahoma

Altus, Oklahoma

Founded in 1886, Altus' original name was Frazer and the settlement was located about 2 1/2 miles west of the present site of the city. In 1891, Frazer was flooded and almost washed away. The citizens moved their few remaining belongings, started again in the present site, and changed the name to Altus, which means "altitude" or "high place" in Latin.

Altus has a lot to offer, whether you're looking for a quiet, friendly place to raise a family or an area to spend leisure time hunting and fishing. For entertainment in town, visitors can choose from car shows, arts and crafts shows, antique shows and gun shows throughout the year at the indoor-outdoor community center. The Museum of the Western Prairie exhibits a chronicle of the lively past of southwestern Oklahoma. You can tour the Altus Air Force Base, home of the 97th Air Mobility Wing and C-5 Galaxy (the largest U.S. military plane). From July through September, there's a farmers market with special festivals and civic functions.

Most people will delight in the many diversified opportunities Altus has to offer. A zest for life and an incomparable friendliness are yours to discover in the "City With A Future to Share."

Attractions and Upcoming Events

The Vision Seeker

Standing in East Ciy Park, "The Vision Seeker"

Altus, OK Arts

Museum of the Western Prairie

The Museum of the Western Prairie examines the development of Southwest Oklahoma, the geographic area bounded by the North Fork of the Red River, the 100th Meridian and the Red River. The area, organized in 1873

Altus, OK Museums

Crossing the Red

The "Crossing the Red" statue depicts a cattle drover herding cattle across the Red River which flows just 30 miles south of Altus along the Oklahoma /

Altus, OK Arts

Quartz Mountain Golf Course

Breathtaking natural beauty is probably the most distinguishable feature of Quartz Mountain Golf Course. Located at the base of rocky Quartz Mountain on the western edge of the Wichita mountains range, the course is surrounded by a sea of sage and prairie grass.

Altus, OK Golf Courses

Jackson County Courthouse

The Jackson County Courthouse was built in 1910 of native granite. A noticeable feature of the structure is the artful contrast of the red granite foundation, and most remarkable is the size of the granite blocks which undoubtedly has given the structure its stability throughout the years.

Altus, OK Historic Courthouses

Things to do near Altus, OK

Waurika Lake Area Hunting

Approximately 6,040 acres of project lands have been made available to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for w...

Mangum Golf Course

Mangum's 9-hole public golf course is the best in this part of the state boasting well kept greens and fairways. There is als...

Cotton County Museum

Local residents have contributed interesting tools, housewares, medical equipment, cookstoves, typewriters, pianos and other ...