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Cotton County, Oklahoma

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Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Cotton County, Oklahoma.

The eastern part of what is now Cotton County was opened to settlement by non-Native Americans by the 1901 Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Opening, which distributed land by a lottery system. In 1906, the remainder of the present county, then known as the Big Pasture was opened through a sealed bid process. Most of this territory became part of Comanche County at statehood in 1907.

In 1910, residents of the present Cotton County area tried to form a new county, named "Swanson County," but this effort failed in 1911. Another effort in 1912 succeeded. This time, residents elected to split from Comanche County and name the new county "Cotton County," for the primary crop in the region at the time.

Wheat became more prevalent than, and corn just as prevalent as, cotton as early as 1915. In 1934, corn had dwindled and winter wheat, cotton and oats had become the primary crops.

Adjacent Counties


  • Ahpeatone
  • Cookietown
  • Devol
  • Emerson Center
  • Fivemile Corner
  • Hooper
  • Hulen
  • Randlett
  • Taylor
  • Temple
  • Walters (County Seat)