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A giant arrow, donated by sculptor and artist Charles Smith of New Home, was installed June 15 at Crawford Park on Main Street between the Hutchinson County Museum and City Hall in Borger. Be sure to attend the dedication of this arrow on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.
The arrow stands about 22â€™ tall and has steel rods that resemble fletching of feathers that vibrate in the wind. The arrow also places Hutchinson County on the Quanah Parker Trail map.
â€śThe Quanah Parker Trail honors landmarks, sites, events, and artifacts that link our region to the story of the Native Americans who last roamed the Texas panhandle plains. It is named after Quanah Parker to honor his role as the chief of the Comanche, who were the most powerful Native American presence in the region. Quanah Parker is considered by many historians to rank among the many outstanding native sons of Texas. As a leader among one of the last nomadic bands of Native Americans remaining in the Texas Panhandle Plains, Quanah Parker not only posed a valiant last stand to defend the lands and way of life of his people, but he insightfully realized when surrender was necessary in order to save his people from defeat and death at the hands of the U.S. Army. After leading his Kwahadi band in 1875 to the reservation in Indian Territory near Ft. Sill, Okla., he then saw the need to guide all the Comanche gathered there to adapting to a new way of life thereafter.â€ť said Dr. Holle Humphries, coordinator of the Trail. Visit the quanahparkertrail.com website for more details.
Each year, the museum sponsors an Adobe Walls Trek with a keynote speaker and tours of the 1864 site on private land, and the 1874 site. This year, the Adobe Walls Trek will be held Sept. 29, 2012 starting at 9 a.m. at the Borger City Hall.
The Hutchinson County arrow is a partnership with the City of Borger, the Hutchinson County Commissioners Court and the Museum. Eddie Edwards, Borger City Manager, and the City Council approved placing the arrow on city property and provided workers and materials for installation.
Hutchinson County Commissioners Court provided funding for the transportation and Judy Flanders facilitated the process.
Come and visit the arrow and stop by the museum for exhibits and details.