Groesbeck, Texas: Massacre Graves and Statue

Settlers massacred by Comanches in 1836. Tall monument topped with a carved granite farmer, wife, and daughter -- likely Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped and later gave birth to Quanah Parker.

Fort Parker Memorial Cemetery

Address:
TX-1245, Groesbeck, TX
Directions:
Fort Parker Memorial Cemetery. From Groesbeck drive west on TX-1245 for two miles. Turn right at the Fort Parker Monument sign.
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Fort Parker Cemetery

Fort Parker Cemetery is two miles out of Groesbeck on Hwy 1245. There's a historical marker and a lot of unmarked graves from the Fort. The Fort has been rebuilt; to get to it, continue on 1245 for three-quarters of a mile. Turn right onto CR 401. Drive just over a mile, then turn left onto P35. The Fort is where Cynthia Ann Parker was captured when she was 10 years old.

[Bob Whipple, 12/30/2019]

The cemetery features a tall monument, dedicated in 1922 to the "pioneer heroes of civilization," topped with a carved granite farmer, wife, and daughter. Buried beneath are the victims of the Fort Parker massacre, killed by the same Comanches that kidnapped Cynthia Ann. She then "went native" and later gave birth to Quanah Parker, known to Roadsiders for his legacy of giant arrows.

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