Wakita is a town in Grant County, Oklahoma, United States, founded in 1898. It is south from the Kansas state line. This town's population was 344 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 18.1 percent from 420 at the 2000 census.Wakita is notable as the location for the 1996 motion picture film, Twister.
Wakita's water tower
Location of Wakita, Oklahoma
Students in Wakita went to school at Wakita Elementary/High School through the 2010-2011 school year, in which the town's school-age population dropped below fifty students, becoming too small to support a school.Wakita students currently attend Medford Public Schools.
Wakita was featured in the 1996 blockbuster film Twister starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton in which Wakita was destroyed by an F4 tornado that was part of a storm system later spawning an F5 tornado. False fronts were built onto the existing store fronts for some shots and then were removed and replaced with rubble in the streets after the tornadic storm hit and the rest of the building was removed using CGI. Some original buildings were demolished and never replaced,with some of the bricks from the demolished buildings used to construct Twister Park.