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Adobe Walls Trek Highlights Fascinating Period of Frontier History

Written by , published September 28, 2012

(Photo from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission) About a year after the Second Battle of Adobe Walls and later fighting in the Red River War, Quanah Parker and his band of Comanches surrendered themselves at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1875. During the next 35 years, Parker continued to represent his people, and also became known as a rancher, statesman and Native American Church leader. (Photo from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

One of the most compelling stories in Texas history is that of kidnapped settler Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Quanah Parker, who became the last chief of his Comanche tribe. (Be sure to pick up your October 2012 issue of Texas Highways for Russell A. Graves'  story on the recently established Quanah Parker Trail--a preview can be found here.) Part of Quanah Parker's legacy is his role in the Second Battle of Adobe Walls in 1874, in which he led hundreds of men in an attack on an outpost of white buffalo hunters. The hunters held their ground, meaning a defeat for the southern plains tribes that would hasten their movement to reservations and the extermination of wild buffalo in the region.

On Saturday, this important period in Texas frontier history is examined during the Adobe Walls Trek, an annual event presented by the Hutchinson County Museum in Borger. Expert presentations begin at 9 a.m.  in front of Borger's City Hall, then continue by caravan to the sites of the 1864 and 1877 Battles of Adobe Walls. There is no charge to participate, though donations are welcome. For more details, call the museum at 806/273-0130.

More information about the Battles of Adobe Walls and their implications for Texas history can be found in this booklet on the museum's website.

And while you're in the region, you might also be interested in stopping by the Calf Fry Cook-Off, Barbecue and Beach Party in Canadian (about an hour east of Borger) on Saturday. Pro tip: If you don't already know what a "calf fry" is, let your education begin by just eating and enjoying -- then ask.

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