Massacre of Members of the Parks Family

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Kimble County, Texas
Mason County, Texas

    During 1862, Mr. and Mrs. Parks, who were somewhat advanced in years, lived on the Felix Hale Ranch about twenty-five miles northeast of Junction. During the above year the Indians slipped up and scalped Mr. Parks near the cow lot, killed Mrs. Parks near the door of the house and a grandson they were raising, was massacred near the creek. Still, the savages were not satisfied. They burned the home of Mr. and Mrs. Parks to the ground. Only a very few families lived in Kimble County at that time.

    Note: Author personally interviewed Mr. and Mrs. Milligan, who then lived in that section.

The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.

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