Atoka, OK was settled by the Choctaw and named for Chief Atoka in 1867. Atoka County, OK was formed in 1854 and remained intact after Oklahoma became a state in 1907. Agriculture and the railroad were important developments in the county as population peaked in the 1920s.
In Atoka County, OK there are seven elementary schools and four, fully-accredited high schools. Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK and East Central State University in Ada, OK offer bachelor and graduate degrees, while Murray State is a two-year college in Tishomingo, OK. Kiamichi Technology Center operates a campus in Atoka, OK featuring specific job training.
Numerous highways, Atoka Municipal Airport, Will Rogers World Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport are a part of the regional transportation infrastructure. Economically, Atoka, OK has manufacturing, farming and industrial capabilities with Tyson, Choctaw Casino and Walmart among the major employers.
Atoka County Medical Center is focused on quality and compassionate care. The hospital provides acute care, laboratory, rehab and surgical services among others.
Hot summers and cool winters are accompanied by 232 sunny days and 46 inches of rain on average each year. Snowfall is minimal, while humidity levels are above the national average.
Outdoor opportunities are all around Atoka, OK. Boggy Depot State Park, McGee Creek State Park and Atoka Lake are ideal for camping, boating, fishing and additional water recreation. Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Ouachita Mountains also attract a large number of visitors. McGee Creek Wildlife Management Area features more than 10,000 acres of abundant wildlife. Atoka Motorsports Park, Shogun MX Park and the Atoka Sports Complex provide athletic recreation facilities for local and regional competitions. Atoka Trails Golf Club is a public nine-hole course bordering Atoka City Lake.
Atoka County is home to numerous historic locations including Atoka Armory, Indian Citizen Building, Old Atoka County Courthouse and Captain James S. Standley House to name a few. Confederate Memorial Museum is open to the public free of charge.