Jackson county, formed out of a part of Greer county and named for Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, is located in southwestern Oklahoma with Altus serving as the county seat.
More than half of the county lines are dictated by water--the Red River on the south and the North Fork on the east and a bit of the northeast corner. The other major waterway in the county is the Salt Fork of the Red River.
For museum buffs, the Museum of the Western Prairie, located in Altus, will be of interest. In addition, Fullerton Dam, northwest of Olustee and the Jackson County Courthouse in Altus have been designated as "historic."
The county has its share of ghost towns that make for interesting day trips. These include Creta, about 7 miles southwest of Olustee and Ozark, about 7 miles east of Altus.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 28,392, a decrease of 372 over the 1990 census.