Parker Oaks

Historical Period: Early Statehood (1845-1861)
Historical Topic: Native Americans
Species: Post Oak (Quercus stellata)
County: Tarrant
Public Access: Yes

In the 1850s Isaac Parker moved his family to a fine log cabin located in the then Tarrant County seat of Birdville. It was to this cabin in 1860, tucked in a post oak grove, that Isaac Parker brought his niece, Cynthia Ann Parker, and her infant daughter when she was recaptured from the Comanches.

Indeed, the story of Cynthia Ann Parker is a sad one, borne of frontier life in Texas. Captured by Indians in 1836 at age nine, Cynthia Ann eventually became part of the culture and family of the Comanches. She had three children with Cheftain Peta Nocona, one of whom went on to become the last great chief of the Comanches, Quanah Parker. Following recapture, Cynthia Ann mourned the loss of her family and never adjusted to living in white society. While staying with her uncle Isaac, she was known to retreat to the oaks for refuge. She died several years later, never seeing her husband or sons again.

Although Isaac Parker moved away in 1872, the cabin and the oaks stood undisturbed until 1929 when the cabin was moved to Shady Oak Farms in Fort Worth. The oaks remain as refuge for the mournful and shelter from the storm.

Trees can be found adjacent to the Parker Cemetery on Cardinal Road, east of Loop 820 in Hurst.