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| In 1803 the United States purchased from France the Louisiana Purchase, which included the future state of Oklahoma. Expeditions were formed to explore the area. In southwestern Oklahoma, Randolph B. Marcy headed one of those excursions in 1852 in search of the headwaters of the Red River. Due to American Indian unrest in the area, Camps Radziminski and Augur were established in 1858 and 1871, respectively. In 1867 the Medicine Lodge Treaty created a reservation for the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache (KCA) in southwestern Indian Territory. By the 1880s prominent Texas ranchers, Daniel and William Thomas Waggoner and Samuel Burk Burnett, leased grazing lands from those tribes. |
In 1892 the Jerome Commission began enrolling the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache in preparation of opening their reservation to non-Indian settlement. On August 6, 1901, a lottery was held to open those lands, and in December 1906 the area known as the Big Pasture was opened. After the 1901 lottery the towns of Texowa (renamed Olds and finally Davidson in 1902), Gosnell (became Frederick in 1902), Manitou, and Siboney sprang into existence. Eschiti and Kell City (merged to become Grandfield), Harriston (became Loveland), Hollister, Isadore, Parton, and Quanah developed after 1906. At the turn of the twenty-first century Davidson, Frederick (county seat), Grandfield, Hollister, Loveland, Manitou, and Tipton continued as incorporated towns.
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