Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Quanah, Texas

I am in Quanah, Texas, by far the best-named town in Texas. Taking its named from the last great Comanche chief Quanah Parker (son of Cynthia Ann Parker, a frontier woman captured and taken in by the Comanches), Quanah pays tribute to its namesake via a local museum, memorial, and the local football team (as I was coming in to town a sign read "YOU'RE IN INDIAN TERRITORY").

(Short biographical note: Quanah Parker was a leader of the Comanches during the difficult transition years (as a warrior chief before 1875 and afterwards as well, when the Comanches surrendered and agreed to live on the reservations). He had the foresight to understand that the survival of their race depended on their cooperation with the whites.)

Today, I walked in to Quanah a stranger, but thanks to the Tribune Chief's newspaper manager Carol Whitmire and the Chamber of Commerce's Executive Secretary Bertha Woods, I will not be treated as such. After being tipped off by Mrs. Whitmire, Mrs. Woods met me at the library with an invitation to stay at the local Best Western and a meal out at a local establishment, both compliments of the city. In addition (what there's more?), I received a cap, a shirt, a postcard, and a paper describing the history of the town and personalities. Incredible!

A big thank you goes out to these women. I'm still in shock. I'll tour Quanah a bit more tomorrow, then head off into the sunset and the bad weather that is supposedly on its way. By then, I'll be thick on food and thin on adventure, so everything should balance out just fine.

Until next time...

5 comments:

H said...

Matt, I think my letter to Quanah will be too late. I will catch up to you at another post office. NRE

Gaylon White said...

Matt you should drop in on Copper Breaks State park and then drop down to Benjamin and see the Bad Lands--They are wild and beautiful--take the highway out of Crowell south to Truscot and then into Benjamin-- You wont be disappointed--Gaylon White-

Smatt said...

Thanks for the tip, Gaylon. I considered Copper Breaks (though not the Bad Lands), but something kept pulling me west. I'll save that tip for another venture in the area.

debdidit2 said...

Matt, Let me know when you come back to the Texas Plains Trail Region. Find out more about our region at www.texasplainstrail.com Quanah is for sure a terrific town with such great history. Deborah Sue, Executive Director, Texas Plains Trail Region

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