in a Pecan Shell
Granbury is named for Gen.
Hiram Bronson Granbury, who was killed at Franklin, Tennessee
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!"
of significant events in Granbury's history
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
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hotels > Book Hotel Here
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
courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 10-03
Museum: c. 1914
109 E. Ewell, 817-573-9246
photo courtesy of
Granbury Opera House
Live Theatre -
110 N. Crockett
Live performances in the 1940s theater on the square.
Theater after Memorial Day Tornado
courtesy James Feagin
| Brazos Drive-in
One of twelve operating drive-in theaters in Texas.
The Gulch at Granbury -
5100 E. US377
More Texas Theatres
State Historic Site
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.
Hiram B. Granbury
Phantom Booth by Clay Coppedge
Did John Wilkes Booth live in Texas?
John Wilkes Booth Live In Texas? by C. F. Eckhardt
Wherever and whenever John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Abraham Lincoln,
died, it’s pretty much a sure bet it wasn’t in a burning barn in
man who killed Lincoln by Bob Bowman
"Painted inside on one wall in the restaurant is a drawing
of John Wilkes Booth. I’ve often wondered why the drawing was there
until I read a book, “Unsolved Mysteries of the Old West” by W.C.
James in Texas by Bob Bowman
A long-standing legend says that Jesse didn’t die in Missouri, but
faked his death, moved to Texas, and died in Granbury when he was
|The water tower
in Granbury, home of the Pirates
courtesy James Feagin
5 miles West of Granbury on Hwy 4
Take Hwy 144
South 17 miles to Glen
FM 51 North
20 miles to
US Hwy 377
South 30 miles to Stephenville,
US Hwy 377
North 41 miles to Fort
Granbury Tourist Information
Granbury Convention & Visitors Center
116 West Bridge, Grandbury, TX 76048
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