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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

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

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


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

Things to do near Altus, OK

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