Chickasha, the seat of Grady County, is nestled in the beautiful Washita River valley amid soft rolling hills. It is served by State Highway 92, and US Highways 62 and 81, just 35 minutes away from Will Rogers World Airport.
The Chickasha area was once rolling Oklahoma prairie land that was home to Indian tribes and buffalo herds. Called "No-Man's Land" in the 19th century, the region abounds with Indian artifacts and ancient trails. The name "Chickasha" itself probably comes from an Indian word meaning "rebel." Grady County was named for the famous Southern orator, Henry W. Grady.
A treaty known as "Doak's Stand" signed at Dancing Rabbit Creek, first included Grady County in land given to the Chickasaw Nation in 1821. Before there was a town, the site of Chickasha was included in the "Swing Ring" cattle ranch.
Until statehood in 1907, the area was divided into Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory. The city itself began humbly as a shack town in 1892 when the Rock Island Railroad stopped its tracks here for several months.
The arrival of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad about 10 years later, the Oklahoma Central and later the Santa Fe Railroad in 1907, ensured Chickasha's future as a regional market hub.
The area's average January temperature is 38.6 degrees. In July the average temperature is about 83.9 degrees. The average annual temperature is 62.2 degrees. Elevation is 1,096 feet. The region's average yearly precipitation is 34.78 inches, with an annual snowfall of around 6 inches.
Area festivals include the famed annual Festival of Light celebration and the Spring Triad, which includes the Montmartre Chalk Art Festival, Droverstock Music Festival and the Scholastic Meet. Another event takes place at the Muscle Car Ranch, which hosts an annual swap meet and concert. It features various well-known hall of fame rock and roll stars. Also of note is the Chickasha Community Theatre, which has purchased the historic Washita Theatre and is currently working to restore the facility into a venue for future productions.
Public elementary, middle and high schools in Chickasha include Grand Avenue Elementary School, Pioneer Elementary, Lincoln-West Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Friend Elementary, Chickasha Middle School, Chickasha High School and others. Colleges and universities in and near Chickasha include the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Community College, the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City University, Cameron University and Rose State College.
Hospitals and medical centers in and near Chickasha include Grady Memorial Hospital, Anadarko Municipal Hospital, Park View Hospital and Duncan Regional Hospital, Inc.
The 820-acre Lake Chickasha offers plenty of fishing, boating, swimming and picnic areas. Chickasha Parks and Recreation Department oversees 2,000+ acres which includes 7 park sites, recreation and community centers, 6 tennis courts, 4 softball fields, a football field, 8 baseball fields, 7 covered picnic pavilions, an ADA accessible walking path, 3 basketball courts and more.
Shannon Springs Park offers fishing, a community center, swimming pool, spring house, the Grady County Veterans Memorial, an amphitheater, more. Other parks include the Alabama Park, Borden Park, Austin Park, Sports Park, Richie Park and Washita Valley Park.
Golfing enthusiasts can pick from 2 public courses in Chickasha. River Bend Golf Club features a 27-hole championship layout, 2-tiered driving range, putting green, multi-station chipping green and new 4,000 sq ft clubhouse. Cottonwood Creek has a 9-hole course and features a driving range, putting green, pro-shop, social lounge and '50s diner.
Chickasha and Grady County are great places to live. Stop by our United Country office soon and let us show you a few of the many properties we have for sale.