“Courageous and strong-willed, he was also a natural diplomat. Traveling numerous times to Washington D.C. to represent the Comanches, he became a familiar figure in Congress. He became a successful farmer and rancher and became a major stockholder in the Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railway. His beautiful two story home, complete with veranda and star emblazoned roof, was built at the foothills of the Wichita Mountains. He had vital interest in educating the young and became president of his local school board. He was appointed presiding judge in the Court of Indian Offenses and numbered statesmen and ambassadors among his friends. In 1905 Quanah rode in Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade. In a special report to the President, it was stated of Quanah “If ever Nature stamped a man with the seal of headship, she did it in his case. Quanah would have been a leader and a governor in any circle where fate may have cast him.” [Vincent L. Parker]
Recently, my wife and I drove from our home in southern Colorado through the Panhandle of Texas on our way to San Antonio. As we passed through the little town of Quanah, Texas, I was reminded of its namesake, Quanah Parker, who was one of the last Comanche Chiefs. Having grown up near Quanah, I have heard many stories about the great chief and the Comanche and his story is worthy of retelling.