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    GROESBECK, TEXAS

    Limestone County Seat, North Central Texas
    Hwy 14 and 164
    38 miles E of Waco
    29 miles W of Buffalo
    12 miles S of Mexia
    8 miles N of Thornton
    Population: 4,291 (2000) 3,360 (1990)

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    Old Fort parker
    One of the buildings at Old Fort Parker
    TE Photo, 2001
    History in a Pecan Shell:

    You want history? Groesbeck's got history. Originally the settlement of Springfield (five miles north of town on Hwy 14) was the county seat. It had to be - for years it was the only town in the county. It died shortly after the Houston and Texas Central railroad came through and bypassed the town in favor of Groesbeck. To add insult to injury, Groesbeck was named after a director of the railroad.

    Today a cemetery alongside the road to Fort Parker State Park is all that remains of Springfield.

    The Parker Family Saga
    If you're not familiar with the story of Cynthia Ann Parker, then you haven't been in Texas long. Kidnapped at nine by Comanches at a Fort Parker, she gave birth to the "last of the great Comanche Chiefs" Quanah Parker. Cynthia was reunited with her original people some 24 years later. She and her young daughter died shortly thereafter. Quanah grew up to go wolf hunting with Teddy Roosevelt and Burk Burnett up on the Red River. He built a fine two-story house complete with veranda up in Oklahoma.

    Quanah nearly died - not in combat - but by blowing out the gas light in a white-man's hotel. His companion did die, but the unconscious Quanah was revived.

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    Limestone County courthouse, Groesbeck Texas
    Limestone County courthouse
    Texas Historic Landmark

    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
    Groesbeck TX First Methodist Church
    The First Methodist Church across from the courthouse.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2009
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    Groesbeck TX north view of Limestone County Courthouse
    Looking north from the north side entrance of the Limestone County courthouse in Groesbeck. Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2009
    Groesbeck TX  Ellis Street and Navasota Street
    Buildings along Ellis Street (Texas 14) at the Navasota Street intersection. Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2009
    Groesbeck TX  Navasota Street
    Looking west down Navasota Street. The Rand Building is on the right. Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2009
    Rand Building in Groesbeck, Texas

    Groesbeck's Rand Building
    TE Photo
    We called the library in Groesbeck since it looked like the handsome, three-story Rand Building may have once been a hotel and would qualify for our Rooms with a Past series. Sadly this wasn't the case.

    We were directed to Tom Hawkins who is president of the chamber and also editor of the Groesbeck Journal (www.groesbeckjournal.com). The chamber has a desk in the Journal office at 115 N. Ellis (State Hwy 14).

    Mr. Hawkins is a Groesbeck native and told us that no, the Rand Building wasn't a hotel, but the newspaper office had been. When we asked the name he said it was one of those hotels that didn't officially have a name, but just sort of rented out rooms. It had also been the Groesbeck Opera House at one time. Groesbeck had had at least two other hotels. These were The Cynthia Ann Hotel (named after Quanah Parker's Mother) and The Thompson Hotel, but both have been razed.

    The formidable Limestone County Courthouse was built in 1924 of brick, concrete, marble and tile (you were expecting limestone?) The impressive courthouse is unusual in that there are practically no buildings facing it. Groesbeck has no "Courthouse Square" per se. more

    The Limestone County Historical Museum -
    210 W. Navasota Street

    Groesbeck is fortunate to have not one, but two bookstores in town. There is Bill Bond's Books 729-5511 and Richard Morrison 729-8640.

    Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce:
    254-729-3894
    In the Groesbeck Journal Office 115 N. Ellis (Texas Hwy 14)
    Website: www.groesbecktexas.org

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    Navasota River old bridge in Groesbeck, Texas
    Old Bridge over the Navasota River
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    Groesbeck Area Attractions

  • Old Fort Parker
    RR 3 Box 746 Groesbeck TX 76642 254/729-5253
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us
  • Fort Parker State Park
    194 Park Road 28 Mexia TX 76667 254/562-5751
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us
  • Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
    194 Park Road 28 Mexia TX 76667
    254/562-5751
    6 miles south of Mexia on Hwy 14, another 2.5 miles west on FM 2705.
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  • Brown building 1924
    1924
    A Storefront Detail in Groesbeck
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