Last Chief of the Comanches
—Son of Chief Peta Nokoni and Cynthia Ann Parker - Naduah —Quanah Parker, man of vision, fought against all odds to save the Comanche way of life. Then, he fought to survive and prosper in a white man's world. His mother, a white woman captured by Indians at age nine, was raised a Comanche. When Quanah was a young boy, Cynthia Ann was recaptured against her will by Texas Rangers on the Pease River in 1860. He never saw her again. As a warrior, Quanah showed great bravery leading Indian forces especially in the Battle of Adobe Walls, he was never routed and never captured. Facing the encroaching civilization of the white man, he chose to lay down his shield and arms in the spring of 1875 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. As he approached the fort, he dismounted and turned his horse loose saying "There goes the spirit of the Comanche." However Quanah was never defeated. Acknowledged as a leader by the Comanches and whites alike, he became a Tribal Judge, cattleman, spokesman to Washington and friend of President Theodore Roosevelt. The town of Quanah was named for him. In 1890, on a visit to Quanah, he pronounced his blessing on the town he called "My Town" his epitaph reads: "Resting here until day breaks and shadows fall and darkness disappears is Quanah Parker, last chief of the Comanches."
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|Placed By||Quanah Chamber of Commerce Monument Committee|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14S E 431902 N 3795394|
|Decimal Degrees||34.29753333, -99.73998333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 17.852', W 99° 44.399'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 17' 51.12" N, 99° 44' 23.94" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 317 S Main St, Quanah TX 79252, US|
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