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    The Spaniards were the first Europeans to pass through the area. In the 1600s and 1700s they traversed a trade route from Santa Fe (New Mexico) to the Red River. Known as the Great Spanish Road, the pathway paralleled the North Fork of the Red River. Two hundred years later, in 1852 Capt. Randolph B. Marcy explored southwestern part of present Oklahoma in search of the headwaters of the Red River. In the mid- to late-1800s the area provided a migration corridor for Plains Indian tribes such as the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. After the Civil War (1861-65) cattle drives from Texas to Kansas crossed through western Indian Territory, following the Chisholm and Western trails. The Western Trail forded the Red River at Doan's Crossing and passed halfway between Altus and Headrick. In 1881 L. Z. Eddleman established the Cross S Ranch near present Olustee and built a two-story, stone ranch house in 1891. He raised longhorn and shorthorn cattle and supposedly introduced barbed wire in the region. Other ranches included the Herring Ranch, located east of Altus near Navajoe and owned by Texan Cornelius T. Herring, and the H Cross N ranch, south of Altus.


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101 N. Main
P.O. Box 515
Altus, OK, 73522
Phone: (580) 482- 4070 or (580) 482- 0881
Fax: (580) 482- 4472
Court Clerk
101 N. Main
Altus, OK, 73522
Phone 101 N. Main
Altus, OK, 73522

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