Love county, formed at statehood in 1907 from Pickens county, is named in honor of Overton Love, a prominent judge of the Chickasaws and landowner after the Civil War. It is located in south central Oklahoma on the Texas state line with Marietta
serving as the county seat. Marietta was so named by the first postmaster, Jerry C. Washington, for his wife, Mary, and his sister, Etta. The county encompasses 515 square miles.
Major waterways include the Red River which forms the southern county line and Lake Murray which is shared with Carter County to the north. One of the unique attractions of the area is 4-story high Turner Tower which was built from stone and was originally used as a retreat for the state's governor.
Major highways include Interstate 35 which enters the state from Texas here on its way toward Oklahoma City and points north.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 8,581, an increase of 793 over the 1990 census.