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GRANBURY, TEXAS

Hood County Seat, North Central Texas

US 377 on Lake Granbury
41 miles SW of Fort Worth
Population: 8,237 (2010) 5,718 (2000) 4,045 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Granbury is named for Gen. Hiram Bronson Granbury, who was killed at Franklin, Tennessee in 1864.

Hood County was created from Johnson and Erath counties and named in honor of Gen. John Bell Hood. After losing an arm and a leg in the Civil War, he ran for public office with the slogan "Vote for the rest of me!"

A timeline of significant events in Granbury's history

1854: Elizabeth Crockett arrived to settle land awarded to her for her husband's service in the Texas Revolution. "Uncle Tommy" Lambert and Amon Bond also arrived with a group of Tennesseans, and settled on the west bank of the Brazos.
1866: The Nutt brothers donated forty acres of riverfront to form the town.
1871: The first public school in Granbury was established and Methodists established the first church.
1872: The first newspaper, the Vidette was published. This was later taken over by Ashley Crockett.
1886: The Opera House is built
1887: The Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway came through town - brick depot was built that year
1969: A dam across the Brazos River at De Cordova Bend SE of Granbury was completed - forming Lake Granbury.

Granbury, Texas Attractions

Historic Town Square -
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Hood County Courthouse, Granbury, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2008
Hood County Courthouse
Former Hood County jail, Granbury Texas
Former Hood County jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2002
Hood County Museum: In the former jail (c. 1885)
209 N. Crockett, 817-573-5135. Admissions.
The old jail "was in use from 1885-1978. Now it's a museum, located right across from the courthouse in downtown Granbury." - Scott Shelby, January 09, 2004
Granbury Texas depot
Granbury Depot
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 10-03
Railroad Depot Museum: c. 1914
109 E. Ewell, 817-573-9246
Granbury Opera House
1905 photo courtesy of
Granbury Opera House
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Circa 1886. On the square
116 Pearl, 866-572-0881, 817-573-9191
Brazos Theater, Granbury, Texas
Brazos Drive-in Theater after Memorial Day Tornado
Photo courtesy James Feagin

Brazos Drive-in Theater - 817-573-1311
One of twelve operating drive-in theaters in Texas.

Granbury Live - 110 N. Crockett 817-517-7882
Live performances in the 1940s theater on the square.

The Gulch at Granbury - 5100 E. US377, 817-579-1515

Acton State Historic Site
Photo courtesy Sam Fenstermacher, June 2005
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Nearby (on FM 167 & US 377) is the gravesite of Elizabeth Crockett. The park - all .006 acres of it - is the smallest in the state.


The annual reunion of the descendants of David Crockett is held in Granbury.
Lake Granbury
Photo courtesy James Feagin, August 2002

Lake Granbury is almost a literal stone's throw from the Courthouse.

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    Granbury Convention & Visitors Center

    116 West Bridge, Grandbury, TX 76048
    817-573-5548
    1-800-950-2212
    http://www.granburytx.com/
    http://www.granbury.org/home.htm

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