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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

Altus Air Force Base

Altus Army Air Field began training pilots to fly twin-engine aircraft in 1943. At the end of World War II, the Army stopped using the field and it was closed in 1945. The Air Force activated Altus Air Force Base in 1953. A Tactical Air Command troop carrier wing operated from Altus for 10

Altus, OK Military Bases

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

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

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

The Vision Seeker

Standing in East Ciy Park, "The Vision Seeker"

Altus, OK Arts

Things to do near Altus, OK

Twin Oaks Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

"Noted Notables"

Mangum was the boyhood home of Wilbanks Smith, an outstanding football player and wrestler. He and Mangum High School ...

Fire, Transportation, and Farm Museum

The museum features antique Rolls Royces, fire trucks, buggies, saddles, Army and Navy relics and an African spear collection...

Horn Canna Farm

One of the world's largest exclusive canna growers....

Quartz Mountain ORV Area

Area 3 on the north shore of the Altus Lake is the location for riding ATV's and motorcycles. Trails wind through wooded dune...