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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

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

Southwest Technology Center

The Southwest Technology Center provides flexible, quality vocational technical training to high school students and adults as well a business and industrial leaders.

Altus, OK Colleges

Western Oklahoma State College

Western Oklahoma State College, established as Altus Junior College in 1926, is the oldest continuing two year college in Oklahoma. An emphasis in academic transfer and more than 59

Altus, OK Colleges

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

Mohawk Trading Post

First Indian trading post in Oklahoma. ...

Lake Ellsworth

Fishing, hunting, water recreation, camping, off-road vehicles - 5,600 acres and 43 miles of shoreline. Good fishing for most...