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ACTON, TEXAS

Home of the Smallest State Park in Texas

Hood County, North Central Texas
Highway 4
5 miles E of Granbury
38 miles SW of Fort Worth

Population: 450 (1990)

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Acton State Historic Site  Elizabeth Crockett Monument
Elizabeth Crockett Monument
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, June 2005
Acton State Historic Site
History in a Pecan Shell

Acton is the oldest known settlement in Hood County and it was settled when it was still part of Johnson County.

In 1855 a church building was built and four denominations used it one Sunday per month.

In 1856 the settlement was granted a post office under the name Camanche [sic] Peak.

The first physician, Dr. J. C. Cornelius arrived in 1855 and was soon followed by Dr. S. R. McPherson in 1858.

The Acton Masonic Hall drew additional families to town when it was completed in 1868.

Around 1861 the name Acton was chosen to replace Camanche Peak. It has been said that the name Acton was derived from Oak Town. The Acton post office was active from 1861-1906.

By 1887 the population was estimated at 200, but the 20th Century showed a decline to a low of 75 during the 1950s. The construction of the De Cordova Bend Dam increased the population. Acton is surrounded by three neighboring highly populated communities.

Acton State Historic Site
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Elizabeth Crockett Home Site Centennial Marker
Elizabeth Crockett Home Site Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
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Acton State Historic Site

Elizabeth Crockett

Davy Crockett’s second wife and two of her sons came to Texas from Tennessee to claim his hard-won posthumous land grant of 320 acres.

She was buried in the Acton Cemetery and in 1911 the state erected a statue of her here. Now known as Acton State Historic Site - at .006 acres – it’s the smallest registered state park in Texas.

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