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“Step back into pioneer history”
Review of Old Fort Parker

Old Fort Parker
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Groesbeck
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

This is what it was like during the expansion into Texas. Don't look for anything fancy. Remember the families that lived and died in this fort left their homes with what they could carry in a covered wagon in search for a better life. Visiting Fort Parker will give you an idea about what these brave people went through up until they were massacred by Indians. A must for those who study Texas history.

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Reviewed December 6, 2011

For anyone interested in Texas frontier history, a visit to Old Fort Parker is rewarding. It was here that Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Indians after a barbaric attack on the fort on May 19, 1836. The date is less than a month after the Battle of San Jacinto. One foe had been defeated by the Texans, but another remained potent and very dangerous.

The reconstructed fort is substantial. Said to be a recreation of the original built by the Parkers in 1834, the fort is a rectangular space enclosed by 12-foot high split cedars with block houses on two corners and cabins along the walls. Visitors are free to self tour and step into some of the cabins which have period furnishings. Displays in one of the cabins have pictures of Cynthia Ann with her daughter after her recapture (many would say second capture) by the Texas Rangers 24 years later at the Battle of Pease River near present day Crowell. Also shown are pictures of Quanah Parker, her remarkable son who was the last warrior chief of the Comanches. An amateur DVD gives a brief sanitized version of the Cynthia Ann story for those unfamiliar with it.

The entrance fee is $2 per adult at this writing. As it is a county-run facility, state park passes are not accepted. A nice visitor center has water, soft drinks and restrooms. The lady on duty when we were there was very knowledgeable. She explained the reason for the grave of the five men killed in the attack being far from the fort. It seems that the survivors buried the bodies just outside the fort before they left for Fort Houston sixty miles away. When the army later came to investigate, the graves had been disturbed, whether by animals or Indians couldn't be determined. The remains were taken to what is now Fort Parker Memorial Park, which is about a mile and half from Fort Parker, and buried in a mass grave on a hill beside a large live oak tree.

A visit to Fort Parker Memorial Park takes only a little time. Today a large concrete slab covers the mass grave inscribed with the names of the five men buried there--three Parkers and two Frosts. Oddly, the location of the grave does not appear on the register of graves in the small structure at the entrance to the cemetery. To find it, drive straight to the tall monument in the center of the cemetery and turn left. The grave is located at the first right turn. It is enclosed by a low steel pipe fence.

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Reviewed January 2, 2017
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