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    THORP SPRING, TEXAS

    Hood County, North Central Texas
    FM 4
    5 miles NW of Granbury
    40 miles SW of Fort Worth
    Population: 222 Est. (2000) 184 (1990)

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    Thorp Springs Christian College Vintage Photos
    Circa 1915 courtesy Catherine Williams Hiesiger

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town's namesake is said to be Pleasant Thorp who settled in the region prior to the Civil War. Hostile Indians discouraged settlement until the early 1870s. In 1871 Sam Milliken purchased part of the old Thorp homestead and built a cotton gin. Since medicinal springs were in fashion, Milliken also built a resort hotel and touted the nearby springs.

    In 1873 Mr. Clark and his two sons Addison and Randolph opened Add-Ran College (later to become Add-Ran Christian University which later evolved into Texas Christian University).

    The town got a post office in 1893 and the population soon reached 400 - reaching a peak in 1904 just short of 500.

    Thorp Springs Christian College replaced Add-Ran College in 1910.

    Its bright future was dimmed in the early 1890s when it was bypassed by not one, but two railroads. Still, the town maintained a 400-plus population through the 1960s. The last three businesses closed and in 1990 it reported 184 residents - the same figure they've been using ever since.

    From Thorp Springs Christian College 1914-1915 yearbook:

    "Thorp Spring is in Hood County, three miles north of the county seat, Granbury, and about forty miles southwest of Fort Worth. Granbury is on the Frisco road, which has double daily passenger train service to and from Fort Worth and Brownwood.

    ... The village of Thorp Springs is made up of school people. Practically everybody here is here for the school, and there is the most complete cooperation between all the citizens and the school authorities. There are no questionable outside attractions. All entertainment are school affairs. In fact, life in our village is school life..." more
    TX - Thorp Springs Christian College - Making fudge in dormitory
    Thorp Springs Christian College
    1914-15 Yearbook & Vintage Photos

    Courtesy Catherine Williams Hiesiger
    Thorp Spring, Texas - Original Add-Ran College, now  Texas Christian University
    The original Add-Ran College, now TCU, in Thorp Spring
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, July 2005
    Thorp Spring, Texas - Add-Ran College Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, July 2005
    Add-Ran College & Centennial Marker
    Thorp Spring, Texas - Church of Christ
    Church of Christ in Thorp Spring
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, July 2005
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    1920s Hood County map showing Thorp Spring
    (Above "OO" in "HOOD")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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