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Lawton, named for U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Henry W. Lawton, was one of three townsites planned by the federal government prior to the 1901 land lottery in the former Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation.

Straight-line winds toppled this car port at 2nd and D streets in Elgin.

Less than two weeks after Elgin residents bailed themselves out of floodwater brought on by torrential rainfall, Mother Nature dealt a second blow with severe straight-line wind damage.

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Reservation life didn’t come easy to the Native American tribes accustomed to the freedom of living a nomadic life on the Plains and hunting buffalo for their livelihood. Defiant raids continued into Kansas and Texas and the U.S. government responded by sending in the cavalry.

Chickasha Rodeo

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Thursday, June 17 – Sunday, June 20: National Barrel Racers Oklahoma Championships; Duncan, OK, Stephens County Fair and Expo Center.

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Broken treaties set the stage in the 1800s for removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands to land west of the Mississippi River, believed at the time to be the “Great American Desert.”

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Controversy surrounded the carving out of Comanche County in 1901 from the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation, which was formed by treaty between the U.S. government and the tribal nations in 1867 at Medicine Lodge Creek in Kansas.

AND THEY’RE OFF: Riders start the ride for the Tour de Meers from the fire station located just north of the Meers restaurant.

After having to cancel the ride through the Wichita Mountains last year due to COVID-19 the tour took off again on Saturday, May 29.

A large turn out of riders were greeted with cloudy skies and cool tempera- tures to start the ride.