TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
 
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Hood County TX
Hood County

Granbury Hotels


GRANBURY, TEXAS

Hood County Seat, Central Texas North

32°26'31"N 97°46'53"W (32.441978, -97.781383)
US 377 on Lake Granbury
35 miles SW of Fort Worth
Population: 9,755 est. (2016)
7,978 (2010) 5,718 (2000) 4,045 (1990)

Book Hotel Here > Granbury Hotels

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.

Granbury Hotels > Book Hotel Here
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
The Granbury Opera House >
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
Acton 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.

Lake Granbury
Photo courtesy James Feagin, August 2002

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


General Hiram B. Granbury & Statue
People

  • General Hiram B. Granbury

  • Did 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 Virginia...

  • The 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. Jameson..."

  • Jesse 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 104... more

  • Water tower, Granbury, Texas, home of Pirates
    The water tower in Granbury, home of the Pirates
    Photo courtesy James Feagin
    Nearby Popular Destinations
  • Acton 5 miles West of Granbury on Hwy 4
  • Take Hwy 144 South 17 miles to Glen Rose, or
  • FM 51 North 20 miles to Weatherford, or
  • US Hwy 377 South 30 miles to Stephenville, or
  • US Hwy 377 North 41 miles to Fort Worth


  • Granbury Tourist Information
    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

    Book Hotel Here > Granbury Hotels

    Take a road trip

    Granbury, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Dallas | Fort Worth
    See Hood County | Central Texas North

    Book Hotel Here:
    Granbury Hotels | More Hotels
    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

    Small Busiess Partners
  • Comfort Experts Inc. - AC Repair Contractor
    1951 Acton Hwy, Granbury, Texas, 76049
    817-341-5143
    http://www.comfortexpertsinc.com/service-area/granbury-tx/
    9-29-14
  • U-Loc-It Self Storage - Storage Units in Granbury TX
    1951 Acton Highway, Granbury, TX 76049
    817-326-5955
    http://ulocit.com/
    11-4-17


  • Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
    Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
    South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

    Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Go to Home Page »
    TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
    Texas Counties
    Texas Towns A-Z
    Texas Ghost Towns

    TEXAS REGIONS:
    Central Texas North
    Central Texas South
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Panhandle
    Texas Hill Country
    East Texas
    South Texas
    West Texas

    Courthouses
    Jails
    Churches
    Schoolhouses
    Bridges
    Theaters
    Depots
    Rooms with a Past
    Monuments
    Statues

    Gas Stations
    Post Offices
    Museums
    Water Towers
    Grain Elevators
    Lodges
    Stores
    Banks

    Vintage Photos
    Historic Trees
    Cemeteries
    Old Neon
    Ghost Signs
    Signs
    Murals
    Gargoyles
    Pitted Dates
    Cornerstones
    Then & Now

    Columns: History/Opinion
    Texas History
    Small Town Sagas
    Black History
    WWII
    Texas Centennial
    Ghosts
    People
    Animals
    Food
    Music
    Art

    Books
    Texas Railroads

    Texas Trips
    Texas Drives
    Texas State Parks
    Texas Rivers
    Texas Lakes
    Texas Forts
    Texas Trails
    Texas Maps
    USA
    MEXICO
    HOTELS

    Site Map
    About Us
    Privacy Statement
    Disclaimer
    Contributors
    Staff
    Contact Us

     
    Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved