Formed in 1907 from a portion of the original disputed Greer County, Jackson County was named for the Confederate Hero General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson. Altus, the county seat, lies in the heart of "irrigation Country." Primary crops are cotton, wheat and grain sorghum. Cattle and greyhounds are bred and raised in this area. Altus Air Force Base is the largest industry in the county. Higher education is provided by Western Oklahoma State College, a two-year accredited institution. Museum of the Western Prairie show life in early southwest Oklahoma. Other history and genealogical collections are preserved at the Altus Public Library, headquarters of the Southern Prairie Library System. The Shortgrass Arts and Humanities council sponsors numerous cultural activities including an annual arts festival in the fall. Annual events include the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo during the first weekend after Labor Day, and the Farmer's market that runs from July through September. Recreational opportunities are available 15 miles north of Altus at Quartz Mountain State Park which includes Lake Altus. Southwest Area Vo-Tech provides vocational direction throughout the district. Location: Jackson County borders the Texas state line in southwestern Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 36.0 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 41.8 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 81.1 degrees Fahrenheit. County Seat: Altus Distances: Altus to: Lawton - 57 miles Oklahoma City - 149 miles Land Area: 804 square miles of rolling hills and plains

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The Political Graveyard: Jackson County, Oklahoma
Database provides political history, cemetery locations, and brief biographies of politicians who were born, lived or died in the county.
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