Granbury Texas

The History of Granbury Texas

Hood County & Granbury Courthouse in day. Click image to be taken to Wikipedia to learn even greater details about Granbury

Hood County & Granbury Courthouse in day. Click image to be taken to Wikipedia to learn even greater details about Granbury

Granbury and Hood County are rich in frontier folklore and Texas history. Granbury is a door to yesterday with its Victorian architecture and charming country spirit that celebrates the culturally diverse. You’ll find that historic preservation has been a priority of our proud community.

The Old Hood County Jail

The Old Hood County Jail

The Granbury Courthouse Square became the first in Texas to be added to the National Register of Historic Places, and was the model for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program. It has been described as “one of the most complete examples of a late 19th century courthouse square in Texas.” The readers of Texas Highways magazine voted Granbury as “The best Town Square in Texas,” in 1998.

Our history serves as a great attraction for our visitors. The restored 1886 Opera House still is a great venue for live theatrical performances, and the Brazos Drive-in is one of only a handful left in the state. You’ll find stately turn-of-the-century homes that now serve as bed and breakfasts.

Heritage passed down from stories lived and told by ancestors of our local citizens create colorful first-person sagas not found in any history book. You can easily imagine a warm summer night when John St. Helen, and J. Frank Dalton swapped stories by a campfire on the banks of the Brazos River.

Granbury is rich in these legends and “history’s mysteries.” You’ll find sites and tales surrounding John Wilkes Booth, Jesse James, Davy Crockett, and the hanging tower at the Old Jailhouse. Granbury Cemetery is the resting place for General Hiram B. Granbury; Jesse James; and Ashley Crockett, grandson of Davy Crockett.

Our Walking Driving Tour provides visitors with dozens of historic sites that take you back to the sparsely populated, rough-and-tumble frontier of yesterday and Granbury’s historic town square teeming with horse-drawn wagons and buggies. Come prepared to enjoy the old legends and historic tales of Hood County as you take a tour through the scenic countryside.

Granbury has an ongoing commitment to preservation that has been nationally recognized. Involvement with the “Texas Lakes Trail” initiative and the Texas/Oklahoma “Wind Power Trail” consortium keeps our heritage in the forefront and make today’s efforts our building blocks on the foundation of our heritage.

Hood County & Granbury Courthouse at night. Click the image to be taken to the official Vistor's Site

Hood County & Granbury Courthouse at night. Click the image to be taken to the official Vistor's Site

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~ by Digory Kirke on August 10, 2008.

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