Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker (HMHVL)

Location: Fort Worth, TX 76164 Tarrant County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 47.301', W 97° 20.795'

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Comanche chief Quanah Parker was a son of two cultures. He was born about 1845 along Elk Creek, Indian Territory (Oklahoma). His Anglo mother was Cynthia Ann Parker, taken captive in a May 1836 raid and adopted by Qua-Ha-Di (Antelope) Comanches, and his father was Comanche chief Peta Nocona. Texas Rangers reclaimed Cynthia Ann in an 1860 fight at the Pease River. Nocona died soon after, and Cynthia Ann lived with relatives near Birdville in Tarrant County before dying with no further contact with her Comanche family.

Becoming chief upon his father's death, Quanah refused to sign the 1867 Medicine Lodge Treaty that sent many Plains Indians to reservations. Instead, he led raids in Texas and Mexico for another seven years, likely including the last foray into Tarrant County in June 1871. That winter, Quanah's band eluded Col. Ranald MacKenzie's Fourth U.S. Cavalry across the Texas panhandle. Comanche losses during the 1874 Panhandle Battle of Adobe Walls, in which Quanah was wounded, followed by a harsh winter, finally brought him and fewer than 100 remaining Qua-Ha-Di to the reservation at Fort Sill, Indian Territory in May 1875.

Quanah served as liaison between his people and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He proved to be a pragmatic leader, encouraging the Comanches to take up ranching and farming, and to educate their children in government schools. Quanah prospered through his investments and built his spacious "Star House" near Cache, OK. He traveled widely, giving speeches and interviews and participating in wild west shows, the Texas State Fair, Texas Cattle Raisers Association gathering and the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show. Quanah visited Fort Worth and the Stockyards on many occasions. He died in 1911 and is buried at Fort Sill.
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Marker Number14005
Year Placed2007
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 1:41am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 654831 N 3629033
Decimal Degrees32.78835000, -97.34658333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.301', W 97° 20.795'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 18.06" N, 97° 20' 47.70" W
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Area Code(s)682
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 130 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth TX 76164, US
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