From Indians and cowboys to leather and wineries, Nocona exemplifies all that is Texas. Nocona is named for the Comanche Warrior Chief Peta Nocona who, with his wife, Cynthia Ann Parker, were the parents of the famed Quanah Parker. The area’s distinguished Indian heritage extends back even before the Spanish exploration of Texas and the nearby Red River. Cowboys herded cattle along the Chisholm Trail through Nocona and the nearby Red River Station for crossing into Oklahoma. Supplying the cowboys with necessary goods like boots, belts and other leather goods spawned Nocona’s reputation as the “leather goods center of the southwest.”
Today boot making heritage in Nocona remains with the Fenoglio Boot Company manufacturing the Cavender’s brand Western Ware. Nokona baseball gloves are also manufactured here and a tour through its factory mirrors this all-American sport.
A new addition to Nocona, the city now hosts one of the largest classic car collections in Texas. Owned by Nocona businessman Pete Horton, the Horton Classic Car Museum houses a variety of makes and models representing a spectrum of car history, making Nocona the Classic Car Capital of Texas. Recently named in the Top 5 Most Fun Small Towns in America by Rand McNally, Nocona is sure to deliver a fun time for you and your family.