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.
a cemetery alongside the road to Fort
Parker State Park is all that remains of Springfield.
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.
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
Hotels > Book Hotel Here
along Ellis Street (Texas 14) at the Navasota Street intersection. Photo courtesy
Jeanson, February, 2009|
west down Navasota Street. The Rand Building is on the right. Photo courtesy Terry
Jeanson, February, 2009|
Groesbeck's Rand Building
| 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
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.
Chamber of Commerce:
In the Groesbeck Journal Office
115 N. Ellis (Texas Hwy 14)
Hotel Here > Groesbeck
Bridge over the Navasota River |
RR 3 Box 746 Groesbeck TX 76642 254/729-5253
Parker State Park
194 Park Road 28 Mexia TX 76667 254/562-5751
Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
194 Park Road 28 Mexia TX
6 miles south of Mexia
on Hwy 14, another 2.5 miles west on FM 2705.Groesbeck
Detail in Groesbeck