Main Steet of Quanah
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Few frontier stories have touched the imagination of men more poignantly than that of Quanah, the last great chief of the Comanche. He symbolized that tragic transition of a once proud and savagely passionate people from a life of uninhibited freedom on horseback to a pedestrian, alien existence as cooped-up wards of the federal government.
With lofty courage he suffered loss of freedom without loss of character and accepted the dispossessions of his land and way of life with monumental dignity. He was chief until the last, who only in death, could suffer indignity.
Edward G. Givens
“I’m no hero. I’ve just got a job to do, and I try to do it to the best of my ability.” These are the words of U.S. Astronaut Edward Galen Givens, Jr., a Quanah native. And, to the people of Quanah, Givens will always be a hero – a hero whose life was cut short before his bright promise was fulfilled.
Givens died in a car accident near the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston on June 6, 1967 at age 37. He had been in training with NASA’s Apollo 7 crew, which, at the time, was scheduled to make the United State’s first manned flight to the moon.
Major Givens was buried in Quanah Memorial Park cemetery with full military honors.
Capt. William J. McDonald
Texas Ranger Captain William Jess (Bill) McDonald survived countless shooting scrapes – including the legendary gun fight in Quanah with a Childress sheriff – to die of pneumonia in Wichita at age 65. But during the lifetime of this remarkable figure from the days of the city of Quanah’s infancy, the pages of Texas’ history were emblazoned with tales of his courage and grit that are as alive today as they were a century ago.
McDonald’s brilliant 30-year law enforcement career began in Hardeman County just as the toddling city of Quanah was taking its first steps on its 100-year journey to the present.
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1987 PRCA World Champion Bull Rider
Lane Frost, though not a true Texas, made Quanah his home for about three years after he married Quanah native Kellie Kyle.
Frost’s bull-riding abilities were amazing. In addition to the 1987 PRCA World Championship, he won the 1986 Nation Finals Rodeo Average, 1987 Texas Circuit Champion Bull Rider, the 1988 Calgary Olympics Bull Riding Bronze Medal and many of the PRCA’s biggest rodeos.
After an 85-point ride at the 1989 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, July 10, Frost ws hit in the back by the bull’s horns and died of internal injuries caused by broken ribs.
Frost made a lot of footprints in the life of rodeo as well as being a well-loved man and friend to everyone he met. He will always be remembered as a champion in the arena and a champion in life.
Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway Depot
This two-story structure, built on Mercer Street in 1908, is among Texas’ most beautiful historical depots. The exterior is stucco, Spanish style with red Ludowici Seville tile roof. It is told that Quanah Parker claimed the Quanah, Acme & Pacific as his railroad.
Pioneer, Railroad, Lane Frost and Quanah Parker items can be found on the bottom floor. Upstairs exhibits are Veterans Rooms, Quanah Cotton Oil Mill, Schools, Chillicothe, Masonic Lodge, the Space Room furnished by NASA and the Smithsonian Institute, and several others. The West Texas Utilities room and E.S.A. Sorority Rooms have been completed this year. The Q.A.&P. Museum, which is an extension of the Hardeman County Jail Museum, is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
Hardeman County Historical Jail Museum
The Historical marker located at 105 Green Street is the Hardeman County Historical Jail Museum. Built of native stone in 1890, the upper story houses the original jail intact. The sheriff and his family lived downstairs.