Walters, Oklahoma

Walters, Oklahoma (HM28WJ)

Location: Walters, OK 73572 Cotton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 21.713', W 98° 19.063'

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Founded August 6, 1901

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 1930's, 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
HM NumberHM28WJ
Series This marker is part of the series
Year Placed2001
Placed ByOklahoma Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, June 28th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 562739 N 3802492
Decimal Degrees34.36188333, -98.31771667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 21.713', W 98° 19.063'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 21' 42.78" N, 98° 19' 3.7799999999999" W
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Area Code(s)580
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 697 W Missouri Ave, Walters OK 73572, US
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