Museum tour

The Parker Story

The US army built a line of forts along the border between the settlers and the Native American territory. Unfortunately, the need for expansion resulted in settlements west of the forts into Comanche territory. In 1836, John Parker crossed that line and built a settlement, Fort Parker, just west of what is now the town of Mexia. Unwisely, John and the extended family did not take the threat of war parties as serious and planted their crops outside the confines of the fort enclosure. Nor did they take weapons outside when tending their crops. A Comanche war party, seeing that once again a settlement was encroaching on their land, attacked the undefended fort with a vengeance. Many of the settlers were killed. Two women, a young boy and a nine year old girl were captured. Cynthia Ann Parker was the nine year old girl and her name became a household name. She would later refuse to return to the settlers and become the wife of Peta Nocona. She bore him three children. The oldest child was Quanah.

Copper Breaks State Park Museum Tour
  1. Bison
  2. Copper Mine
  3. Comanche History
  4. The Medicine Man
  5. The Bison and the Comanche
  6. The Parker Story
  7. The Battle of Pease River
  8. Comanche Clothing
  9. Quanah the Warrior
  10. Quanah the Statesman
  11. The Cowboy
  12. The Chuck Wagon
  13. Early Towns
  14. The end of the open range and the R2
  15. The Waggoner Ranch