About This Place
Wakita is a town in Grant County, Oklahoma, United States, founded in 1898. The population was 344 at the 2010 census. It 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 tornado hit and the rest of the building was removed using CGI. Some buildings were demolished, but nothing was put in to replace them.
Wakita is located at 36°52′54″N 97°55′26″W / 36.88167°N 97.92389°W / 36.88167; -97.92389 (36.881781, -97.923757).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.