About Lawton Fort SIll
Lawton's rich history began on August 6, 1901 when the Kiowa-Comanche reservation was opened for settlement. A lottery was used to distribute the land. A person wanting a claim, which was 160 acres in the new section, had to register for a drawing. The town site was selected by federal authorities and located on a section of prairie south of the U.S. Army installation Fort Sill, which had been in existence since the 1860s. General Henry W. Lawton is the town's namesake.
Lawton Fort Sill is nestled just south of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The 59,000 acres of natural grasslands provide habitat for bison, elk, deer and long horn. Over 22,000 acres are open to the public to enjoy water sports, hunt, hike, sail, fish and camp or participate in a guided tour. Experience Lawton Fort Sill, your passport to adventure.