Fort Parker (1)

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Fort Parker (1) (1834-1836) - Constructed in 1833-34 by John Parker and three of his sons to protect the family from the Comache Indians. Also known as Parker's Fort and possibly as Fort Sterling.

Fort Parker, Texas Wildlife and Parks photo
Southwest Bastion at Fort Parker

Fort Parker (1) History

The most significant event occurred in May, 1836 when hostile Comanche Indians attacked the fort; 5 settlers were killed, 5 were kidnapped, and 21 survived. The most famous of the captives was Cynthia Ann Parker. She adapted to Indian ways and later married Chief Peta Nocona. The most famous of their three children was Quanah Parker, the last great Comanche chief. Cynthia Ann Parker was later rescued along with her young daughter but neither could adapt to white civilization and they both died shortly thereafter.

Current Status

Fort Parker is on a 37.5-acre city park between Groesbeck and Mexia in Limestone County. The park was built 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was rebuilt again in 1967. It is managed by the City of Groesbeck, Texas.

Location: State Highway 14 out of Groesbeck, Texas four miles north to Park Road 35 to park headquarters.

Maps & Images

Lat: 31.563837 Long: -96.547937

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  • Elevation: 500'



Visited: 8 Oct 2007

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