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Walters in Cotton County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Walters, Oklahoma

Founded August 6, 1901

 
 
Walters, Oklahoma Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 26, 2018
1. Walters, Oklahoma Marker
Inscription. At the opening of Kiowa-Comanche-Apache lands, the original townsite in old Comanche County was SW 1/4, T2S, R11W. The original name McKnight was rejected by the post office. The name Walter, for City Commissioner W.R. Walter, was then chosen Sept. 1901. The town of Walter incorporated Sept. 1902 and changed officially to Walters in Dec. 1904, but the post office and depot continued to use Walter until an act of Congress, June 1917 renamed them Walters.

After the flood of May 1902, the town moved south to higher ground. When Cotton Co. was created in 1912, voters chose Walters the county seat.

Home to the Comanche Nation homecoming each July. Hometown to 8 of the original 17 “Code Talkers,” who spoke Comanche to provide U.S. Forces with a language that could not be decoded during World War II.

In the 1930ís, Walters was known as the “Turkey Capital of the World.” Still the hub of rich cotton, wheat, cattle and oil operations. Walters has many fine businesses and a school system that has produced national and state leaders as well as champion scholars and athletes. Active civic clubs, cultural groups and churches contribute to this friendly city's welcoming charm.

Centennial Project 2001

 
Erected 2001 by Oklahoma
Walters, Oklahoma Marker with West Missouri Avenue in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 26, 2018
2. Walters, Oklahoma Marker with West Missouri Avenue in background.
Historical Society. (Marker Number 241.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 34° 21.713′ N, 98° 19.063′ W. Marker is in Walters, Oklahoma, in Cotton County. Marker is on West Missouri Avenue (Oklahoma Route 5) west of North 9th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Near the Cotton County Expo Building. Marker is in this post office area: Walters OK 73572, United States of America.
 
Also see . . .  Oklahoma Historical Society on Walters. (Submitted on June 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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The Cotton County Courthouse - county seat about 0.6 miles east. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 26, 2018
3. The Cotton County Courthouse - county seat about 0.6 miles east.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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