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WELCOME TO GLEN ROSE, STAY AWHILE AMANDA KIMBLE [EDITOR] FROM TOURIST ATTRACTIONS and outdoor recreational opportunities to the rolling scenery and small town atmosphere, Glen Rose and the surrounding area are no doubt a great place to visit. But Somervell County is an even better place to call home. From the county youth fair in January and Glen Rose High School Senior Prom in May to trick or treating on the downtown square in October and Christmas in the Park through the month of December, there countless reasons why some native residents never leave the county and others return when they have children of their own. Those are just a few of the many reasons my daughter, Amara, and I relocated to Glen Rose in late 2012. As residents of a nearby city, we were already familiar with the great tourist attractions the county had to offer. At least twice a year, we would make the short drive to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dinosaur World and Big Rocks Park. At that time, we had no idea that the attractions we visited, although an integral part of the community, were just a small part of what the county offers. Months before our move, I was appointed editor of the Glen Rose Reporter. In the first few weeks at the helm of community news, I quickly became familiar with a million reasons why this is the perfect place to raise a family. On day one, I learned of a local non-profit organization, LDL Education Resources Foundation, which was started by three former school teachers years ago and continues to provide for the healthcare and educational needs of community members. I met a young girl who was finally delivered a diagnosis and relief from a chronic illness thanks to the organization’s


support. Support. In the first week, I had several encounters with Somervell County Fire Department’s paid and volunteer force. I learned these men and women are so good at what they do, there was little to no chance of getting an award-winning fire photo. Every time I figured out where I was going and got to the scene, they were already mopping up. Protection. Unlike the newspaper where I previously worked, I had only occasional contact with law enforcement. I learned that the bulk of inmates in the county jail were being held for a neighboring county. Safety. Within the first month, I met neighbors of a high school student who was battling bone cancer. They wanted to help the boy and his family with mounting medical bills. They quickly organized a backyard fundraiser and collected more than $10,000. Once I had a chance to meet students, educators and administrators within Glen Rose ISD, the idea that I would continue to commute to Glen Rose for the duration of my career while maintaining residency about 30 miles away made no sense at all. Beginning at the elementary level, students weren’t just getting lessons in reading, writing and arithmetic – they were learning about kindness, compassion and community service. Community. Then came the holiday season — Thanksgiving solidified my plan to pack up our few belongings and move to Glen Rose. Christmas proved it was a wise decision.

Every year in November, Hammond’s BBQ hosts a free community Thanksgiving feast. The events features traditional holiday fare with all the trimmings and a slew of volunteers catering to those in attendance. At that one event, I watched something truly amazing happen. I saw the county’s wealthiest residents dining alongside others who barely had a penny to spare. They shared food, fellowship, conversation and memories. The meal is free, but collection buckets are placed near the cash register, accepting monetary contributions for the Somervell County Food Bank. The Higgins family doesn’t ask for donations, they don’t need to. I saw elderly and poverty-stricken residents drop as little as three quarters in the bucket. I saw others, who could have spent far less on a feast to feed their families, leave hundreds of dollars. In all, about $7,000 was collected in 2012. I am sure the feast’s benefactors spent about as much feeding the hundreds of diners. In less than a year, many similar stories began piling up. At one point, as I was preparing to cover another fundraiser, I thought the love and support would quickly run dry. A year later, I will tell you it hasn’t, and I am convinced it won’t. As long as residents have something to share with their neighbors, they will. I am proud my daughter is being raised in a community that proves there is still love and kindness in the world. So, welcome to Glen Rose and Somervell County. We’re glad you came to visit, we’ll welcome your family if you decide to stay, and if you leave, we are confident we’ll see you again someday. There aren’t many people who come to visit and don’t return. In fact, many say they ‘always come back.’ If you are considering relocating to the area, consider the support, protection, safety and sense of a community the county offers. Yes, it’s a great place to eat, shop and stay, but it’s an even better place to call home.

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Dinosaur Valley State Park blends history with modern offerings


Faithful flock to Somervell County


The Spirit of Oakdale



Squaw Valley puts customers first, second and third

13 EVENTS Upcoming Glen Rose events


Somervell County Expo offers year-round events


24 SPORTS Off the beaten path

25 COMMUNITY Clubs & Organizations

26 ACCOMMODATIONS Come on in, stay a night or three


Memories made, species saved at Fossil Rim

Gifts galore and so much more

EDITOR Amanda Kimble



In the ‘Art of it All’

A Study in Excellence


On Track is an annual publication of the Glen Rose Reporter. 1005 NE Big Bend Trail, Suite 1 PO Box 2009 Glen Rose, TX 76043 (254) 897-2282


Guide to local restaurants


About us

34 HERITAGE Historical Markers and Landmarks


38 GOVERNMENT AND SERVICES ON THE COVER Cover designed by Cody Dyer ACM Southwest Design Studio. Photo credits: Background and giraffe shots courtesy Fossil Rim Wildlife Center; Dinosaur World by Tye Chandler, Glen Rose Reporter; PRCA courtesy of Todd Brewer,; The Promise courtesy Culver Photography.

PHOTOGRAPHY Glen Rose Reporter staff and community contributors ART AND DESIGN Cody Dyer, American Consolidated Media SW Design Studio Find us on Facebook at

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Food Bank

Useful Websites

(254) 897-2192

Appraisal Records City of Glen Rose Crime Stoppers Glen Rose Convention & Visitors Bureau Glen Rose Independent School District Glen Rose Medical Center (hospital) Glen Rose Reporter Somervell County Somervell County Expo Somervell County Water District Squaw Valley Golf Club Weather

Emergency 911

Fire department non-emergency (254) 897-2135

Law enforcement non-emergency (254) 897-2242

Texas Poison Control Network (800) 222-1222

Hospital (254) 897-2215

Landfill/IESI (254) 897-3727

Library (254) 897-4582

Newspaper (254) 897-2282

School District

Chamber of Commerce

Expo Center

(800) 252-5400

(254) 897-2286

(254) 897-4509

(254) 898-3900

Animal Shelter

Citizens Center

City Hall

Vehicle Registration/Title

(254) 897-3113

(254) 897-2139

(254) 897-2272

(254) 897-2419

Appraisal District

Convention and Visitors

City water and sewer

Veterans Services Officer

(254) 897-3081

(after hours) (254) 897-2242

Family and Protective Services

(254) 897-4094

Building Inspection/Permits

Driver’s License

County Courthouse

(254) 897-9373

(254) 897-2419

(254) 897-2322

(817) 579-3292

Water District (254) 897-4141



Dinosaur Valley State Park blends history with modern offerings TYE CHANDLER [GLEN ROSE REPORTER]


inosaur Valley State Park’s rich history is difficult to match. In 1909, a schoolboy named George “Bull” Adams was the first person to discover dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy River Valley and question what they were. “In the late 1930s, R.T. Bird came to the park to check out these tracks after he’d actually seen one in New Mexico that had been cut out of the Paluxy,” said park superintendent Shannon Blalock. “He was told that track had come from Glen Rose, so he and his team actually removed 87 feet of trackway and now most of it is on display at the American Museum of

IN THE KNOW DINO VALLEY PARK STORE Not long after entering Dinosaur Valley State Park, visitors will come upon the Dinosaur Valley Texas State Parks Store. Also known as the Friends of Dinosaur Valley State Park Gift Shop, it offers cold drinks, snack foods, 6

Natural History. “They wrapped the pieces in burlap and loaded it into Bird’s car. He then drove to Walnut Springs and put them on a rail car.” In the late 60s, the property was purchased using money from the State Parks Bond Program, and the state park opened in 1972. “If this area wasn’t a state park the tracks wouldn’t be protected,” Blalock said. “The mission of Parks and Wildlife is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of our state. The dinosaur tracks are a unique, finite resource that require us to take care of them.” There are two types of dinosaur tracks in the park. The round, elephant-like tracks are from Sauropods. T-shirts, caps and dinosaur-related gift items. “Our parks store is run by a non-profit organization that exists to support the park and help achieve park goals,” said park superintendent Shannon Blalock. “Right now (spring 2013), they are funding a $30,000 project for all-new interpretive signs for the park. Any money over their operating costs goes directly back to the park for improvements.” The store is generally open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call (254) 897-4588 for more information.

The specific dinosaur was a plant-eater called the Paluxysaurus, which has been the official dinosaur of Texas since 2009. The Theropod, or three-toed meat-eater, tracks see PARK, 27

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Faithful flock to Somervell County amanda kimble [GLEN ROSE REPORTER] Nestled between rolling hills and along limestone riverbeds, Somervell County is the perfect place for an annual summer retreat and equally ideal for staging an outdoor theatre event each fall. Christians from across the state and beyond make tracks to the area every year to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives, embrace their spiritual sides, dive into scripture and focus wholeheartedly on daily


devotions. They come to find inner peace and pay homage to the ‘King of Kings’. Here are a few reasons the faithful flock to Somervell County: The Promise in Glen Rose ( Jesus is alive in Somervell County. The Promise, a full-length musical drama about the life of Jesus Christ, plays annually on Friday and

Saturday nights in September and October at the Texas Ampitheatre in Glen Rose. The production celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013. The story begins along the banks of the Paluxy River, where a grandfather and his grandchildren search for dinosaur tracks and begin sharing stories, including one of “a promise.” As the grandfather begins to sing about the see PROMISE, 29

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WORSHIP DIRECTORY Cornerstone Christian Fellowship 3184 FM 202 Glen Rose, TX 76043 (254) 898-8027

Freedom Church

5645 N State Highway 144 (254) 897-9850

Glen Rose Baptist Church

1769 FM 51 (254) 897-2577

200 SW Barnard Street (817) 964-9679

Cross of Christ Episcopal Church

Glenview Church of Christ

Cottonwood Baptist Church

1405 W. U.S. Highway 67 (817) 996-5703

405 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-4476

First Assembly of God

Grace Community Church

700 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-4412

2008 N FM 56 (254) 897-3320

First Baptist Church

Grace Baptist Church

307 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-2351

1103 SW Barnard Street (254) 897-7949

First United Methodist Church

Happy Trails Cowboy Church

Pecan & Vernon Street (254) 897-2572

1017 CR 1024 (254) 897-1217

Iglesia Far de Luz Maranatha 4753 N State Highway 144 (254) 897-2767

Nueva Creacion Primera Iglesia Baptista 111 S FM 56 (254) 897-2250

Spirit Wind Church

105 SW Barnard Street (254) 897-2075

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

404 Mesquite Street (254) 897-9970

StoneWater Church

New Prospect Baptist Church Southwest corner of 199 & 200 Nemo, TX 76070 (254) 897-2867

Paluxy Baptist 9530 Paluxy Circle Bluff Dale, TX 76433 On the Somervell/Hood County line (254) 823-6601

Rainbow Baptist Church 1571 N FM 200 Rainbow, TX 76077 (254) 897-2121

5645 N State Highway 144 (254) 897-9850

United Pentecostal Church 144 S FM 56 (254) 897-4192

Word of Truth

5320 E US Highway 67 (254) 797-5414

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” — Martin Luther



PICK YOUR PARK • BIG ROCKS PARK When people think Glen Rose, Big Rocks Park is one of the first things that comes to mind. The name says a lot — there are large rock formations scattered throughout the park that invite visitors to climb aboard — but it doesn’t say it all. Located on Barnard Street, directly across from Oakdale Park, the Paluxy River runs through Big Rocks. Throughout the year, families splash and play there and fishermen cast lines from the river bank. The River Walk connects Big Rocks to Heritage Park. Admission into the park, which is open 8 a.m.-10 p.m., is free. A public restroom and parking are on site. • GLEN ROSE SOCCER PARK While Glen Rose Soccer Park is where the local soccer association hosts games, practices and camps for local and visiting leagues, it is also another outdoor escape enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. In addition to playground equipment, the park offers plenty of space to enjoy a game of catch and let the kids run and play. There is also a shaded walking path winding around the park’s perimeter. Public restrooms and parking are on site. Admission is free. The park is located at 1501 Texas Drive, behind Somervell County Expo, in Glen Rose.

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Guests plunge into historical park amanda kimble [GLEN ROSE REPORTER]


hile it is the second smallest county in the Lone Star State, Somervell County has drawn tourists from across Texas and beyond the state line for decades. Through the years, tourists have been the life’s blood of area businesses, which thrive off of their return. And there is one business located at the heart of it all, which has withstood the tests of time and continues to welcome travelers. At Oakdale Park, the city of Glen Rose is working to preserve history while offering visitors a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Apparently it’s working, a few of them call 10

Oakdale the “Best kept secret in Texas.” Whether guests roll into the park in their recreational vehicles, reserve a cabin, enter the facility for an annual festival or dive into The Oakdale Plunge – the sparkling swimming pool — to escape the Texas heat, Oakdale is more than a city park. For many of the guests who visit each year, it’s a family tradition rooted in the park’s rich history. It is one of the state’s oldest and most historic campgrounds. The history of the park has led to the erection of a state marker and landed it on the National Registry of Historic Places. The park’s story dates back to when it was privately owned and operated.

• HERITAGE PARK Visitors looking for a place to unwind are often drawn to Somervell County Paluxy Heritage Park. It not only offers a modern playground for children to enjoy, a pavilion for picnics and direct access to the river walk along the Paluxy River that leads to Big Rocks Park, it’s also home to several old dwellings from around the county. When the weather is right, take time to smell the roses and enjoy the garden maintained by Somervell County Master Gardeners. If you visit on a weekend in December, don’t miss Christmas in the Park, which invites businesses and organizations to adopt one of the historic buildings, deck its halls and celebrate the season as Santa Claus greets area good little boys and girls. • WHEELER BRANCH PARK Located two miles north-northwest of Glen Rose on CR 301, Wheeler Branch Reservoir is the ideal outdoor escape. The man-made lake has a surface area of 180 acres, and the typically clear water welcomes fishermen throughout the year. Predominant fish species include largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye and sunfish. Features at Wheeler Branch Park include a boat ramp, beach area, public restrooms, covered picnic areas, fishing pier, walking trail and large pavilion. The park is open 8 a.m.-sunset daily. Entry fees range from $4-8 for individual visitors from outside of the county, boat fees are $25 and canoes and kayaks are free with paid admission. Discounted rates and annual permits are available for Somervell County residents. For more information, visit or call (254) 897-4141.


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Beginning in 1925, Oakdale’s bungalows, cottages, campsites, swimming pool and dance pavilion provided guests with overnight accommodations prior to the construction of modern day hotels and motels. The park was at one time home to a skating rink, but that building now functions as a convention center. It has also drawn – and continues to draw — bluegrass, gospel and other musicians to the outdoor stage. When the city purchased the park, it took on the effort of renovating the facility to provide the accommodations travelers seek while at the same time maintaining its historic feel. Improvements have been made to the swimming pool, and overnighters have the benefit of more than 100 improved RV sites, full hookups, Wi-Fi, on-site laundry and heated and air-conditioned restroom facilities, showers and more. When it comes to cabins, Oakdale offers an array of options, including fully furnished cottages with two double beds and larger units that include up to five double beds. There are also family units with a full kitchen and more elaborate options with a Jacuzzi tub or separate living area. Bunk houses that include up to 11 bunk beds are also available.

Many weekend guests pitch tents and take advantage of primitive accommodations in a location that offers the ambiance of a woodland campground. While Glen Rose offers an array of entertainment options, Oakdale’s horseshoe pits, playground and seasonal swimming pool, which includes a snack bar operated by a local restaurateur, also make the venue a getaway the whole family can enjoy without leaving the park. The history of The Plunge also runs deep. It was dug in 1925 by horse and mule teams. It remains one of the oldest operational swimming pools in Texas. With a capacity of 330,000 gallons of water, it’s also one of the largest in the state. Although you can no longer rent swimsuits for a quarter – you have to bring your own — or pay an admission fee of only five cents — daily rates are $3-5 and season passes just $100 for an individual — The Plunge is still an affordable escape for park guests, other travelers and area residents alike. For more information, visit, email or call (254) 897-2321. You can also find Oakdale Park on Facebook. Oakdale is located at 1019 NE Barnard Street, directly across from Big Rocks Park and the Paluxy River.



Squaw Valley puts customers first, second and third TYE CHANDLER [GLEN ROSE REPORTER] Squaw Valley Golf Club superintendent Jeff Hansen recognizes where the golf course’s bread is buttered. “Our first and foremost objective as a staff is to keep customers happy,” Hansen said. “To me, that means keeping the courses in the best condition we can.” The club offers newcomers and locals diversity with two courses. “Apache Links is the original course,” he said. “It opened in 1992. It’s the one that most people notice when they drive by with all the hills. The greens were changed to MiniVerde Bermuda grass in 2008.” Comanche Lakes opened in 2001. “The greens are TifEagle, and they are bigger than the Apache Links greens,” he said. “Both courses have larger than average greens, so they’re more forgiving. The ball will stick and also back up on our greens. “Most new customers prefer the Lakes course, while residents who’ve grown up with Apache Links prefer it. Both courses have wide fairways.” Hansen appreciates the variety Squaw Valley can offer a golf enthusiast, as well as the location. “We’re out in the open,” Hansen said. “We’re not around housing developments. People can slow down and come enjoy the scenery at Squaw Valley. It’s still plenty challenging with the trees and lakes and Squaw Creek running through the property, but low scores are possible — especially on the Comanche Lakes course. I think the courses’ greatest strength are the property they sit on.” Hansen said he wants the club to be part of the Glen Rose experience and one of the reasons people come visit the area or decide to call it home. “My goal is always to have a first-time customer play a round and want to come back the next day with three friends,” he said. The club is a strong supporter of youth golf. “The county and taxpayers have given Glen Rose Tiger golfers two quality courses to learn to play golf on,” Hansen said. “We have a good practice area, a great teaching pro in Duff Cunningham and (first assistant pro) Steve Heppler gives a lot of lessons as well. We host a lot of high school tournaments here,


including some for schools that aren’t local. “We picked up the Starburst Tournament in June 2012, and it’s a three-day event involving seven or eight courses throughout Central Texas where kids from all over the world compete. We were fortunate that our course was used all three days.” But Hansen also appreciates the club’s older patrons. “Squaw Valley is a place where everybody knows everybody,” he said. “We especially enjoy having the locals come out, because this is their property and their place to get away. I know I can usually ride around and find them on the course any given day, and then shoot the breeze for a bit if we want. It’s a laid-back atmosphere.” When it comes to marketing, the folks at Squaw Valley make sure the club remains on the radar of golfers near and far. “We still rely on word of mouth quite a bit, but Duff has become more proactive about advertising on the Internet,” Hansen said. “We do email blasts and we have a pretty good reputation, both in and out of the (Dallas/Fort Worth) Metroplex. When someone in New Mexico or Colorado knows about us, it means word of mouth is traveling. “According to an annual poll in the Dallas Morning News, we are generally in the top 10 in our price-per-round category, which is great exposure. Highway 67 and Highway 144 are big advertisers, because they make us very visible.” Hansen recalls some memorable feedback he received about the club. “We had some golfers here this spring from the UK who were raving about this course,” he said. “I often hear the term ‘hidden gem.’” Hansen was nominated for Superintendent of the Year late in 2012, and he appreciates the positive attention it brought to Squaw Valley. “That nomination was an honor, because when one of us gets recognized in a positive light it’s always good for the golf course,” he said. “On a personal level, it means the dedication of my staff and myself is there. Maintaining a golf course is a very labor-intensive job, and my staff puts so much into it.” Fore more information, visit or call (254) 897-7956 / (800) 831-8259.

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HERE IS A SAMPLING of just of the few events planned for Glen Rose. But there is a slew of other activities taking place throughout the year. For more information, visit or You may also call the Glen Rose Convention & Visitors Bureau at (254) 8973081 or stop by the welcome center at 1505 NE Big Bend Trail in Glen Rose. For a rundown of year-round events at the Somervell County Expo Center, SEE Page 14. Third Saturday of every month BLUEGRASS Jam Sessions at Oakdale Park

GIRLS NIGHT OUT on the Historic Courthouse Square

ART ON THE SQUARE on the Historic Courthouse Square

June 6-8

All-Around Ranch Rodeo

Somervell County Expo Center (254) 897-4509

July 26-27

National Day of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Event Somervell County Expo Center (254) 897-4509

July 27

Oct. 3-5

Oct. 12-13

National Day of the Cowboy – Texas Style

Paluxy River Fall Bluegrass Festival

Fine Art, Funk & Fabulous Junk

Oakdale Park (254) 897-2321

Historic Courthouse Square (254) 897-3081

Oct. 4-5

Nov. 9-15

Granbury Quilt Show

Fall Woodcarving Rally

Texas Amphitheatre (254) 897-3926

Somervell County Expo Center (254) 897-4508

Oakdale Park (254) 897-2321

Sept. 27-29

Oct. 5

April 3-5

GospelGrass Festival

Paluxy Pedal Bike Ride

Spring Bluegrass Festival

Oakdale Park (254) 897-2321

Glen Rose High School (817) 573-5033

Oakdale Park (254) 897-2321

Oakdale Park (254) 897-2321

Every Friday & Saturday, September-October The Promise




Glen Rose Antique Tractor and Machinery Club Winter Show and Pull Bonanza Cutting Tuley Truck Roping PRCA Rodeo Family friendly entertainment rides into the Somervell County Expo and Texas Amphitheatre throughout the year. Here’s the rundown of ongoing annual events, but you can visit or the expo’s Facebook page for regularly updated information. The facilities are also available for private functions. Call (254) 897-4509 for more information. The expo is located at 202 Bo Gibbs Boulevard just off of US Highway 67 in Glen Rose.


Nolan River Kennel Club Dog Show Somervell County Youth Fair Jurassic Classic Winter Barrel Race 14

Show/Sale Millennium Longhorn Cattle Show Tuley Memorial Weekend Roping

Fossilmania American Miniature Horse Registry Spooktacular The Promise


4-H Horse Camp All-Around Performance Horse Ranch Rodeo American Miniature Horse Registry

July April

Southwest Peruvian Horse Club Brother-N-Laws Team Roping American Miniature Horse Registry


Texas Breeders Classic Cattle

Jurassic Classic Fall Barrel Race The Promise Texas Angus Cattle Show/Sale Kyle’s Care Dinner and Auction



PRCA Rodeo North Texas Longhorn Cattle Show West Texas Reining Horse Show Southwest Miniature Horse Show


Tuley Truck Roping Lonestar Regulators Mounted Shooting


Glen Rose Medical Center Health Fair Brother-N-Laws Team Roping Pro Youth Finals Jurassic Classic Fall Barrel Race


Running With A Coldheart Barrel Race North Texas Arabian Horse Show (20th year~ 1st event at the Expo Center in 1993) Dale McPherson Memorial Fiddle Contest Ben Emison Cutting


Dinosaur Valley Jackpot Brother-N-Laws Team Roping For more information on Somervell County Expo & Texas Amphitheatre and events hosted by the facilities, call (254) 8974509. On Track 2013




amanda kimble [GLEN ROSE REPORTER]

From the best barbecue and burgers money can buy to a selection of Mexican eateries and Chinese food too fresh to be served at a buffet, if you’re looking for something good to eat, the local area has it covered. Even diners with a more refined taste have several choices when it comes to fine dining and acclaimed cuisine that can’t be found anywhere else. If, on the other hand, you are looking for the best the chips and salsa or brisket and smoked meat this Texas town has to offer, good luck. The choices are numerous and the distinct flavors make it tough to decide where to get the best eats. Finding the juiciest burger and crispiest french fries or tastiest tacos or most scrumptious salads our cafes can create is equally tough. And don’t even ask about desserts. But, if you opt to eat your way from one end of the county to the other, you might have a chance at deciding who has the best eats and treats.

People drive from miles around for Hammond’s, and there are three things that keep them coming back for more — good meat, delicious homemade desserts and Texas hospitality. When it comes to lunch and dinner, brisket, ribs and smoked turkey are the stars, but their loaded taters and stuffed peppers will also have you licking your lips.


Five miles west of town and a mile down a county road, this rustic eatery serves up Texas sized portions of ribs, brisket, sausage, fried catfish, onion rings, po’boys and more. Locals will tell you to try the ribs — glazed to perfection, with

(and other meaty treats) Hammond’s B-B-Q

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meat falling off the bone. The outdoor stage hosts bands. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and the lawn will make it feel more like a backyard barbecue. Open Thursday-Sunday. If you want to know more, check out The Loco Coyote Grill on Facebook.

dinner or drinks. An array of appetizers includes fried pickles and mushrooms and the burger options can’t be beat. Outdoor seating is available, and the beer garden features live music on the weekend. Find The Green Pickle, A Texas Beer Garden on Facebook.

Ranch House Bar-B-Que


1408 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-3441 Brisket, ribs and more with good sides, a light-filled setting and friendly servers. Summer specials include steaks and pork chops every Friday and Saturday. Find Ranch House on Facebook.

Loco Coyote Grill and Bar 1795 CR 1004 (254) 897-2324


The Green Pickle 212 N.E. Barnard St. (254) 898-1611 A great place for breakfast, lunch,

Bayou Restaurant 509 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 898-0322

The newest of the city’s eating establishments, the Bayou is serving up a menu like nowhere else. The full menu of traditional Cajun fare includes seasonal selections like crawfish and year-round options like etoufee, boiled shrimp, jambalaya, stuffed flounder and more. Everything is made from scratch. Friday and Saturday, enjoy all-you-caneat platter service, and enjoy your fill of catfish and shrimp on Sunday. There’s even a menu for the little ones. Find The Bayou A Cajun Eatery on Facebook.

Coffee Shops Happy Hippo

608 SW Big Bend Trail (254) 898-0181

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EATS AND TREATS Looking into the Barnard Street display case leaves you feeling like a kid in a candy store. The shop offers an array of cookies, cakes and pastries, Mexican sweet breads and more. If you’re looking for the perfect dessert for your event or gathering, try the red velvet or German chocolate cake from this hometown bakery. It’s located inside Tiger Corner Exxon at US Highway 67 and State Highway 144 (Barnard St.).

coupled with indoor and outdoor seating make this eatery one of Glen Rose’s many dining hot spots. A varied menu includes salads, burgers, sandwiches, chicken fried steak, grilled chicken, catfish and salmon. Check out or find them on Facebook.

Fried Pie Shoppe 1047 CR 333 (254) 898-1210

A selection of hot and iced coffees perfect for any season, including caramel macchiato, iced latte, hot chocolate espresso and more. Muffins, bagels and cinnamon rolls are also available, and sandwiches and wraps are served for lunch. Find The Happy Hippo on Facebook.

Any time is a good time for a fried pie. From breakfast and meat pies to fruit and cream, this shop, located inside the Exxon convenience store at US Highway 67 and State Highway 144, has something to satisfy everyone’s craving. There are also sugar free varieties, and burgers, fajitas, corn dogs and other deli-style fare are also available.

Storiebook Café

502 N.E. Barnard St. (254) 897-2665 Excellent wraps, salads and sandwiches and a cozy setting amid tall bookshelves stocked with new books. There’s a used book nook at the back and an outdoor beer garden with occasional live music. Want to

know more? Check out

Gourmet/Romantic Inn on the River

205 SW Barnard St. (254) 897-2929 or (800) 575-2101 menu at These chefs are full of surprises. Whether the monthly menu includes grilled beef tenderloin with a creamy horseradish sauce, pan-seared salmon with lemon caper sauce, herb crusted pork tenderloin with apricot chutney or a long list of other specialties, diners are never disappointed by the options. Dinner is served every Friday and Saturday, but reservations are required. Take your own wine — for the perfect pairing, check out the online menu. Find the inn on Facebook.

Riverhouse Grill 210 SW Barnard Street (254) 898-8514

Jitters Coffee Bar 103 Elm Street (254) 897-9888

Located inside of Texas Treasures on the downtown square, Jitters offers all sorts of tasty treats, including homemade fudge, frozen smoothies and coffee frappes and hot coffees, including a variety of flavors, such as lattes, mochas and more. Sugarfree options are also available.

Chinese China Wok

109 SW Barnard Street (254) 897-2660 Within walking distance of the downtown square, China Wok offers the freshest Chinese food money can buy. Lunch and dinner options include all your favorites and a few specialities you can’t find anywhere else.


Barnard St. Bakery 1110 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-3324

Pie Peddlers

102B Walnut St. on the downtown square (254) 897-4904 A sign on the wall at this downtown eatery reads, “Pie Fixes Everything.” Yes, it certainly does. Especially hotfrom-oven apple pie or chocolate pie piled high with meringue. Eat it there by the slice or take home a whole pie. Did we mention, viewers of Texas Country Reporter call these pies the best in the Lone Star State?


Hollywood & Vine

101 Vine St. (behind courthouse annex) (254) 898-0250 Funky decor and fun, food and spirits 17

EATS AND TREATS Located just half a block west of historic downtown square, the bistro occupies the original Milam House built in the early 1900’s. Daily lunches, dinners and a Sunday brunch are served, with a menu that includes freshly prepared entrees including fish, black angus meats, pasta dishes, sandwiches, homemade soups and desserts. The setting can be romantic, but casual diners are always welcome.

1106 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-7504 The Robles family serves up tasty TexMex flavor, delicious chips and salsa, tender and flavorful beef fajitas and a buffet every Thursday during lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. BYOB. Find them on Facebook.

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beef that is Mesquite-grilled to perfection. The full menu of tasty fare also includes barbecue, burgers, a tad bit of Tex-Mex and savory sampling of breakfast grub. To get to the steakhouse, just follow the signs to The Hideaway Ranch and Retreat

County Road 2009 at the end of the overlook turnoff (254) 897-2960; 897-3805 Burgers, sandwiches, salads and lovely views from a deck that overlooks Fossil Rim. You can approach the cafe and overlook area from the back road (follow the overlook signs) if you’re not visiting the wildlife center.

Los Primos Mexican Restaurant and Cantina 902 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-2377

Fresh and flavorful Tex-Mex fare with the some of the best chips and salsa in town. The restaurant was recently remodeled, offering a bright, welcoming atmosphere. If you are just looking for a frosty drink, check out the cantina.

Mi Rincon Favorito

114 Walnut Street, downtown (254) 897-2256

Rough Creek Lodge

5165 County Road 2013 (254) 918-2550 or 800-864-4705 Chef Gerard Thompson serves up Texasinspired cuisine that includes an array of appetizers like grilled Texas quail, handmade pheasant ravioli, bacon and stilton blue cheese quesadilla with baby arugula and passion fruit vinaigrette. Diners travel miles for this treat, check out the online menu and you’ll see why. Reservations are required, call (254) 918-2550.

Home Cooking Big Cup Eatery

226 SW Big Bend Trail (254) 897-3841 Hearty breakfasts, plate specials and Mexican food. The green chicken enchiladas and tortilla soup are excellent.

Debbie’s Restaurant 1102 Big Bend Trail (254) 897-4399

Breakfast and lunch buffet with a little bit of everything.


Chachi’s Mexican Restaurant 18

This is as traditional as Mexican Food gets in Glen Rose, and the tamales cannot be beat. A regular buffet and a selection of menu items are available.


Mr Jim’s Pizza

1207 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-9999 Delivery available

Simple Simon’s Pizza 801 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 898-0022

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or visit the website, where you can find a map to the ranch and restaurant.

Sonic Drive-In

With a View The Overlook Cafe at Fossil Rim

Subway Sandwiches

Antique and Collectable Auction


Sunday, October 28,2012 at 1:30p.m. at our Auction House. Preview Sunday Morning from 10:30a.m. until auction starts. Partial listing: Dresser with glove box and beveled mirror, father and son church pew, Mammy bench, chest, 3 piece bed room set, twin beds, 5 drawer chest, 3 piece parlor set, Cedar chest, dry sink, cast iron stove, metal bed frame, Kerosene 3-burner stove, table top display case, Queen sleigh bed, 2-8’x10’ rugs, assortment of glassware, lamps, Sunkist clock, printer trays, tall jewelry armoire with jewelry, slide projectors, wood churn, double candy vending machine, pictures, corner shelf, chest on chest, old electric heater, guitars, coins, more coming. The building will be full.

THE CITY OF GLEN ROSE, TEXAS DEPOSITORY APPLICATIONS The City of Glen Rose is requesting applications for the performance of depository services for two years. The applications must be either mailed or delivered to: Peggy Busch, City Secretary P.O. Box 1949 Glen Rose, Texas 76043

OR F G N I K O LO 100

Peggy Busch, City Secretary Town Hall—201 N.E. Vernon Street Glen Rose, Texas 76043

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Applications will be received at Town all no later than 5:00 P.M. November 19, 2012.

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It’s not just about pizza. Menu items include stromboli, calizones, oven baked sandwiches, salads and more. Find them on Facebook. Delivery available


Silver Dollar Steakhouse (254) 459-0545

The Silver Dollar may be a little bit out of the way if you’re looking for a succulent steak in Glen Rose, but it’s worth the drive. Cowboy Chef Westley White and his wife Corey serve up hand-cut USDA choice

Donna’s Donuts

Terms: No buyer premiums, cash, check, credit cards, Good Concessions, All credit cards will be charged at 3% convenience fee.


Rough Creek Lodge and Resort is seeking a Reservationist Wednesday-Friday 2:30-11PM, Sat & Sun 6AM-3PM Top pay and benefits, must have Quick Books and accounting experience Apply at TWC in Stephenville or Granbury or Send application to Please come join our Five Start Team!

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School district shapes success, serves as model for state DIANNE HABLUETZEL [GLEN ROSE ISD]


ou won’t have to go far in Glen Rose to find someone with something good to say about Glen Rose Independent School District. School events serve as a hub for community get-togethers, and you may even find yourself in the midst of a rare traffic jam after a home football game.

Local citizens enjoy supporting student athletes competing in record-breaking endeavors, but this 3A school district has more to brag about than UIL competitions. GRISD is a Texas Education Agency Recognized (2009-13) district serving 1680 students, comprised of Glen Rose Elementary School, a Title I Distinguished Performance and Exemplary (2009-13) campus; GR Intermediate (3-5), a Just 4 The Kids High Performing and Exemplary campus (2009-13); GR Junior High, a Recognized campus (2009-10); and GR High School, a Recognized campus (2009-10) recently acclaimed for improving curriculum alignment or pre-

paring students for successful transition from middle school to high school or from high school to college. The school district has created a college-going culture across campuses, and high school students can participate in expanded dual credit courses. With quality programs to meet students’ educational and developmental needs, GRISD’s low studentteacher ratio (12:1) enables small group instruction and provides opportunities for personalized learning. The district is home to award-winning athletic, band, choir and art programs, and students have earned Academic UIL District Championships for 19


23 out of the past 25 competitions and multiple awards at the regional and state competitions. The board of trustees was recognized for outstanding support and selected as Region XI School Board of the Year in 2010, and Superintendent Wayne Rotan was selected as Region XI Superintendent of the Year in 2012. Based on multiple indicators of excellence, GRISD was selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as one of 23 districts across the state to participate in the Higher Performing Schools Consortium, allowing the district to serve as a model for development of a new paradigm in curriculum development, instructional practices, authentic assessments and accountability. A major challenge of public schools relates to balancing the needs of a globally connected workforce while maintaining connections to the local community, and the school board and staff believe students should be equipped to be citizens of the world as well as active and productive locally. Across all four campuses, GRISD aims to embed core curriculum in authentic contexts, create opportunities to enjoy and transfer learning and put learning in the hands of students and their parents from home. The district includes all stakeholders in collecting and analyzing data through ongoing needs assessments, online surveys, public forums and formal and informal learning events. Campus and district improvement plans guide GRISD efforts to achieve academic excellence in conjunction with career preparations, according to community values. The school district has enthusiastically embraced the new realities of adapting instruction by integrating technology into an evolving 21st Century Learning community, building resources that empower students to embrace a new 20

model for distribution of knowledge — a paradigm in which their voices contribute to knowledge creation and dissemination. Promethean Interactive White Boards (IWB), document cameras, iPads and laptops in the classrooms have enhanced student learning. Staff and students are engaged in exciting learning activities, using technology to learn from one another. GRISD is committed to providing students with a 21st Century education and unlimited opportunities to learn digitally, think creatively and be well prepared for career and college readiness by providing digital learning platforms to support students’ academic growth. After school computer labs are open four nights a week for students and community to use Rosetta Stone. In grades PK-5, iPads and other devices extend classroom instruction, students in grades 6-12 are participating in a 1:1 laptop program using the MacBook Air.

The school district was selected to receive the Technology Lending Program Grant for the 2012-13 school year, providing iPads for students in grades PK-5 to use in home learning activities and “Jet Paks” from Verizon Wireless for students in grades 6-12 to access wireless internet while away from school. GRISD understands students are free agent learners, and classrooms must include authentic choices, such as project-based and challenge learning opportunities. At Glen Rose Elementary,

students independently practice sequencing numbers and learn how to create a bar graph in a collaborative learning activity. On their IWB, not only can students see and hear the letter “N,” they can create a bar graph to record the number of their names that contain it. At Glen Rose Intermediate, reviewing information can be accomplished via a team sport — facts related to volcanic eruptions may be debated by groups of students hoping to “steal” points away from opposing teams. Engagement and alternative instructional practices are critical components involved for storing concepts in long-term memory. Grammar lessons take on new sights and sounds at Glen Rose Junior High. Lectures have been replaced with classroom explorations of onomatopoeia, where students often use the “phone a friend” strategy to figure out exactly how to match sounds of pictures with their own written descriptors. Modeling how to solve problems is a daily activity that can be enhanced with digital learning. High school students apply their knowledge of video production by contracting with local businesses to produce commercials that are shared on the “big screen” during transition periods at basketball games. Tools created to be teacher-centric have become tools for students to use to learn with one another. Distance learning sessions have become commonplace, with students traveling on virtual field trips to Antarctica and skyping with soldiers in Iraq and students in Thailand, New York and neighboring districts. Digital portfolios have been introduced and used to document artistic endeavors and provide parents with a transparent view of classroom activities and expectations. The goal of GRISD is to provide students a well-balanced education, and the

district boasts a committed group of competent and caring teachers who provide learning experiences that inspire student engagement and support well-prepared lifelong learners. The philosophy is that children deserve differentiated learning experiences, based upon their own strengths, interests and environments. All students have something valuable to offer and their participation is encouraged. After-school tutorials not only support students in their quest to excel in UIL competitions, they are also utilized to assist students in developing strong academic foundations in key concepts. Cumulative data from local, state and national assessments indicate that students involved in some form of extracurricular activities achieve higher academic results. Benefits in character development, work ethic, parent involvement, student engagement, and increased attendance are enhanced and extended when extracurricular standards are supported as valuable learning goals. At GRISD, students have many activities to choose from such as Leadership Roundup, Super Science Saturdays, choir, band, athletics, one-act play, theatre and UIL academics. Nearly 90 percent of high school students are involved in at least one extracurricular activity. Other opportunities for involvement include art, Future Leaders Organization, Health Occupations Student Association, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Family Consumer Sciences, Healthy Habitats, Student Council and Spanish Club. In addition, Glen Rose High School students have a unique opportunity to participate in POWER SET (Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering, and Technology) and WIT (Workforce Industry Training) — organizations developed by the Nuclear Power Institute at Texas A&M University

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GRISD and funded through state and federal grants to promote confidence, excitement, direction, experiences, exposure, opportunities, internships and scholarships, industry support and expansion of professional options for selected high school students in Texas. Each student member of POWERSET and WIT is matched with a mentor from Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant. Character development is also a staple in GRISD learning standards. The district supports Champions for Today, Rachel’s Challenge and community service learning projects to build upon character, values, positive school climate and culture. In addition, GRISD addresses the challenge of educating independent, lifelong learners in three significant ways. Each teacher is equipped with the motivation and expectation to grow and advance throughout their career, allowing and encouraging them to share their lifelong learning experiences with the

students. Students are provided tools to communicate and collaborate with each other, their community and peers across the globe, and GRISD works directly with parents, involving them in the learning process and inviting them to participate in advancing the educational outcomes of their children. There is ample evidence educational programs and services are having positive impacts on our students and their futures. High school students engage in dual credit learning through 60 plus college hour classes taught by GRHS teachers on our high school campus and online courses. GRISD board of trustees unanimously decided to make tuition assistance a priority for students and authorized the district to pay for six hours college tuition per semester for juniors and seniors. The district also provides textbooks for core content dual class courses. On average, 65 percent of 11th and 12th grade students take at least one

dual credit academic or Career Technical Education (CTE) course. Most students take between two and three courses per semester and very few drop courses or fail — state statistics show GRISD has a completion rate of 96.7 percent. The district’s goal is for each student to graduate with at least of 20 hours of college credit and/or industry certifications. Many students graduate having earned more than 50 hours credit towards a college degree or technical certifications in welding, cosmetology, emergency medical technology (EMT) or certified nurses assistant (CNA). Yes, Glen Rose ISD has plenty of bragging rights, and there are plenty of reasons to be “Tiger-Proud,” but that doesn’t mean the staff is resting on past laurels. This talented group of educators is constantly striving to stay abreast of 21st Century Learning. To find out more about GRISD excellence, visit



Memories made, species saved at Fossil Rim

Drive through wildlife preserve offers outdoor fun



ossil Rim Wildlife Center is about making memories and saving animals from extinction. From guided family tours and afternoon drives across the scenic preserve to camps and workshops, thousands of children of all ages take memories home from the facility. They also leave the sprawling 1,700 acres with better understanding of the animals living there and the efforts of the non-profit organization to preserve them. “We don’t keep wildlife on our 1,700 acres just for fun,” Dr. Patrick Condy, Fossil Rim’s executive director, said. “We put it to work to save its own species, preferably in its native range. We provide animals for reintroduction to the wild through national and international species recovery programs. Fossil Rim has done just this for the Red Wolf and the Mexican Gray Wolf, once again living wild in the eastern and southern United States, respectively; for the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken being reintroduced to their native habitat along the Texas Gulf Coast; and for the Addax antelope and Scimitar-horned Oryx being reintroduced to their native sub-Saharan range in Tunisia, Africa. And we are in discussion with other African countries on numerous other species of wildlife in dire trouble over there and which we do or can breed here.” In fact, more addax have been born at Fossil Rim than exist in the wild today. Fossil Rim also is one of a few facilities in North 22

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America that has produced more than 125 cheetah cubs. Dozens of native and exotic species call Fossil Rim home. On the scenic drive through Fossil Rim’s rolling hills and steep limestone cliffs, guests see animals managed under two programs — the Species Survival Plan and Population Management Plan. Animals such as addax, Addra Gazelle, Arabian Oryx, bongo, cheetah, Przewalski’s Horse, Scimitar Horned Oryx and White Rhinoceros have been protected under the Species Survival Plan. The cheetahs are housed in a large enclosure that provides the space and seclusion needed for successful breeding. They can be seen sleeping, playing or taking a cat nap. Animals in the Population Management Plan are bred and transferred to other facilities to ensure the “sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse and demographically varied population.” They include bontebok, giraffe, Greater Kudu, Grant’s Zebra, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra,

Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, waterbuck and wildebeest. Fossil Rim also contains an Intensive Management Area for animals such as the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, Black Rhinoceros, cheetah, Grevy’s Zebra, Maned Wolf, Mexican Wolf, Red Wolf and coati. A “living class room,” the facility is the first wildlife center of its kind to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. As a registered 501c3 non-profit entity, Fossil Rim gets no government subsidies, but it does receive state and federal grants from agencies such as the Texas Parks & Wildlife and the nation’s Fish & Wildlife Service, as well as financial gifts from individuals and private foundations. Tourism also helps fund the preservation effort. When visitors enter Fossil Rim, they’re helping protect the animals observed along the center’s winding road and others, such as wolf species, that are not seen. By visiting Fossil Rim, taking guided and behind-the-scenes tours or staying at its lodge or Safari Camp, guests assist the center in continuing and expanding its conservation efforts. The guided tours wing through the facility in open-air touring vehicles, and the behind-the-scenes tours let visitors explore animals that are off-limits to other guests. Other special tours include an after-dark tour to see the animals’ nighttime behaviors, a photography tour, a “ride-the-rim” bicycle tour and a murder mystery dinner and tour. Fossil Rim also places great importance on public educational and awareness programs, especially for children and youth. Its Wolf Ridge Nature Camp offers an

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Off the beaten path Solavaca Ranch on track to become mountain biking mecca amanda kimble [GLEN ROSE REPORTER] The winding roads through Somervell County offer more than eye-catching scenery, they have become a hot spot for mountain biking enthusiasts. At the heart of the sport is Solavaca Ranch, a mountain bike trail located in the limestone hills of the Paluxy River watershed, just down the road from Dinosaur Valley State Park on FM 205. The private ranch, owned by Mack and Shari Hargrave, offers a more than eight-mile single-track trail and more than three miles of dirt road. There are challenges for riders of all skill levels, including advanced sections of trail with rock-strewn descents, climbing switchbacks, steep drop-offs and obstacles of roots, rocks, logs and more. And of course, a breathtaking view. Mack Hargrave said it was circumstance that led him and his wife to develop the trail, which is quickly becoming a mecca in local mountain biking circles. It was the couple’s escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 24

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“I grew up in Dallas and like everyone there, I wanted out,” he said. “In 2000, I was able to purchase this place.” The land, covered in thick cedar brush, native limestone, steep grades and creek beds offered an ideal terrain for goat farming, but it would eventually open up to the sport. “In 2007, I happened to come upon a cheap bike,” Hargrave said. “I brought it back out to the ranch and started carving a trail.” It was a sometimes painful journey that led the former city slicker to living the life of an avid mountain biker. Hargrave started building trails and admits they didn’t initially welcome much more than a few rides. The following year, a few people made the trek to Solavaca. Slowly, more rides and events began to take shape. In 2012, four events were held at the ranch, and Hargrave said many who ride the trail come back for more. The ranch is a regional getaway for many cyclists. “Most of our time is spent catering see

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Clubs & Organizations From civic and social organizations to groups aimed at promoting business development and entertaining an array of hobbies, newcomers will find a wide variety of clubs and organizations in Somervell County. Here are a few:

Glen Rose Lions Club

of the month at Somervell County Citizens’ Center, 209 SW Barnard Street. Visit npsot. org/wp/prairierose/ for more informaiton.

Lions meet for a noon luncheon on the first and third Wednesday of every month at Still Water Lodge.

County Extension Office, located at 1405 Texas Drive, behind Somervell County Expo. For more information on becoming a master gardener or any other extension service program, call (254) 897-2809.

Somervell County Food Bank The food bank is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. every Tuesday to serve qualified Somervell County clients and others who need to apply for assistance. Donations are also accepted at that time. For more information, call (254) 897-2192 or email

Barnard’s Mill Art League

The art league meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the art museum annex, located at historic Barnard’s Mill, 307 SW Barnard Street in Glen Rose.

Somervell County Cancer Support Group Glen Rose Optimist Club

Optimists meet for a 7 a.m. breakfast on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Somervell County Citizens’ Center, located at 209 SW Barnard Street in Glen Rose.

SCCSG meets the first Monday of each month, except in September. During the months of May and October, the group meets at Heritage Park for a picnic. For more information, call (254) 897-4500.

Somervell Master Gardeners Association Master gardeners met at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Somervell

This is just a sampling of local clubs and organizations, and there are dozens more, including American Legion and auxiliary, Boy, Cub and Girl Scouts of America, Eastern Star, 4-H Club, Glen Rose Antique Tractor Club, Bird Club, D. owntown Association, Garden Club, Rodeo and Soccer Associations, Masonic Lodge, Meals on Wheels, Somervell County Committee on Aging, Extension Service, United Fund, Youth Fair Association and History Foundation.

Dino-Beekeepers Club

The beekeeper club swarms Chachi’s Mexican Restaurant for a 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. meeting on the first Tuesday of every month.

First United Methodist Thrift Store

Located across from First United Methodist Church on Vernon Street, this resale and thrift store offers discounted shopping on a variety of items 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

LDL Educational Resources Foundation

Glen Rose/Somervell County Chamber of Commerce

Native Plant Society

The chamber hosts a monthly luncheon at noon on the third Thursday of every month at Still Water Lodge, located at 407 SW Barnard Street in Glen Rose.

LDL works closely with community service groups and churches and partners with the Lion’s Club to provide eye exams for needy children and adults, pays for medications and doctor visits for those who are uninsured or underinsured and not on the welfare programs and assists families with medical emergency expenses. Funding comes from payroll deductions of school employees, generous private donors, memorials and honorariums. One of two annual fundraisers is the Paluxy Pedal Bike Ride. Visit for more information.

The Prairie Rose Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is made up of individuals from Bosque, Erath, Hamilton, Hood, Johnson and Somervell counties. Monthly meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday



Come on in, stay a night or three With Glen Rose and Somervell County having so much to offer to guests who are in town to visit local attractions, attend festivals, ropings and cuttings at the Expo or other events, there is no doubt visitors won’t be able to cram the fun into just one day. Whether you’re seeking a full-service retreat or hotel, a quaint cottage or cabin or looking to roll in your recreational vehicle or pitch a tent, accommodations are diverse. We invite you to stake a claim to your own little piece of the community and stay awhile.

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages and Cabins

Anderson Creek Ranch Bed & Breakfast (214) 868-4318 • Barnard Street River House (800) 4760175 • Brazos House Retreat (214) 502-2387 •

Bussey’s Something Special (254) 8974843 or (877) 426-2233 •

or (888) 775-6742•

Chamber’s Place RV Park (254) 396-1564 •

Oakdale Park (254) 897-2321 • oakdalepark. com

Dinosaur Valley State Park (254) 897-4588

Paluxy River Bed Cabins (254) 897-9425 or (800) 235-2004 •

Flint Canyon RV Park (254) 898-0700 or (817) 925-9234

Popejoy Haus Cabins (254) 897-3521 •

Jurassic RV Park (254) 897-1223

Riverside Cottages (254) 898-0909 •

Oakdale Park (254) 897-2321 • oakdalepark. com Tres Rios (254) 221-0018 •

Cedars On The Brazos (254) 898-1000 •

Hotels, Motels and Lodges

CJ’s Country Cabins (254) 898-9533 •

Best Western Dinosaur Valley Inn & Suites (254) 897-4818 or (800) 280-2055 •

America’s Best Value Inn (254) 897-2111

Country Woods Inn (254) 897-4586 or (888) 849-6637 • Hideaway Ranch & Retreat (254) 823-6606 • Ken’s Kabin (254) 396-1446 • Lodge at Fossil Rim (254) 897-2960, ext. 8

Trickle Creek Cabins (254) 396-0000 •

Campgrounds, Cabins and RV Parks

7th Heaven Ranch & RV Park (254) 898-1875 Comfort Inn & Suites (254) 898-8900 • Glen Rose Inn & Suites (254) 897-2940 or (877) 907-0754 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (254) 898-9900 or (888) HOLIDAY •


B-Street RV Park (254) 396-0562

Inn On The River (254) 897-2929 or (800) 575-2101 •

Camp N Fish (254) 898-1069 •

LaQuinta (254) 898-0680 •

Cedar Ridge RV Park (254) 897-3410 •

Rough Creek Lodge (254) 965-3700 or (800) 864-4705 •

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belong to a dinosaur called the Acrocanthosaurus. When park visitors come to look at the tracks, Blalock has a suggested order of track sites to explore. “Track Site 2, which is our park’s main track area, is the place I would encourage our visitors to go first,” she said. “It’s the only area of the river where the tracks are marked, and I think if visitors go there to see what the tracks look like they’ll be able to find them more easily throughout the park. I would also encourage people to visit Site 4, walk down the riverbank and see some of the best tracks in the park. Track Site 1 is at (an old-time swimming hole called) ‘The Blue Hole’, and if you go just upstream there is an area called ‘The Ballroom’. There are over 500 tracks, and it looks like the dinosaurs were dancing in that area.” Blalock doesn’t recommend Site 3. “In 2007, we got so much rain that the river came up 18-20 feet,” she said. “So much water and debris came through that we lost Track Site 3. During that same flood event, other tracks were exposed.” Dinosaur Valley welcomed 143,000 visitors to the park in 2012 and also hosted 4,000 school children. With those taking care of Dinosaur Valley State Park valuing its history and keeping a watchful eye on the future, it should remain one of the county’s most valuable assets for years to come.


Dinosaur Valley State Park has a lot to offer • CAMPING is a popular option, and visitors have a variety to consider. “We have two different types of campsites,” said park superintendent Shannon Blalock. “Some are water/electric sites for $25 (nightly) with a central restroom. Tent camping or RVs can be used there. We also have seven backpacking campsites for $15 per night.” • HORSEBACK RIDERS are welcome at the park. “We have a 100-acre equestrian area that is available for use,” Blalock said. “It has a beautiful open field of about 30 acres, and the rest is very wooded, rocky and secluded.”

• ANGLERS also have a place at Dinosaur Valley. “I think ‘The Blue Hole’ is the best place to fish in the park,” Blalock said of the oldtime swimming hole with a depth of 12-21 feet. “You can fish in any Texas State Park for free without a license.” Although the opportunity is rare, hunting is an option once a year. “We host one public hunt each year for deer and pigs,” Blalock said. Hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, scenic overlooks and an amphitheater are among other park options. Entrance fees are $7 for adults and free for children 12 years old and younger. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The park is located at 1629 Park Road 59 in Glen Rose.






POPULATION: 2,444 ALTITUDE: 680 feet POSITIONED: 32.23 degrees north of the equator and 97.75 degrees west of the prime meridian. LAND AREA IN GLEN ROSE: 187.17 square miles Main Routes into Glen Rose, Texas • US 67 • Texas 144 • Texas 56 • Texas 301


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“Promised One,” the trio finds itself among the prophets of “The Old Testament” foretelling the Life of Christ. Straight out of the pages of scripture, the narrators and audience witness the birth, life, death, resurrection and triumphant ascension of Jesus Christ. The production utilizes an awardwinning musical score, live animals, and a cast and crew of over 200 dedicated Christians. Audience members are invited to be a special guest for a Commemorative Weekend Sept. 27-28 when original cast members will take questions and share memories with the audience. Several will also perform their original roles. WANT TO GO? Call 254-897-3926 or visit the website for tickets.

Creation Evidence Museum ( Chartered in 1984, the Creation Evidence Museum is a center of research related to the creation theory. The center displays evidence for the philosophy discovered through paleontological and archaeological research and excavation. HOURS OF OPERATION

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The museum is located at 3102 FM 205. Call (254) 897-3200 for more information. Carl Baugh, founder and director, came to the Dinosaur Capital of Texas to examine claims of human and dinosaur co-habitation. He conducted extensive excavations along the Paluxy River, which he says yielded human footprints among dinosaur tracks. Museum displays also include The London Artifact, The Meister Print and much more. Current and recent projects

include the construction of a 25-foot replica of Noah’s Ark and a hyperbaric biosphere, simulating the atmospheric conditions that existed before the worldwide flood of Noah’s day. Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center ( Glen Lake Camp is a Christian summer camp and retreat center owned and operated by the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The 55-acre main campus is situated on the Paluxy River in the heart of Glen Rose, where guests can enjoy the beauty of God’s creation as they slow down, focus and rejuvenate. Heralded as one of the premier retreat facilities in Central Texas, the camp serves the needs of nonprofit organizations such as churches, para-church organizations, schools, universities, government and community agencies. Call (254) 897-2247 for more information.

Riverbend Retreat Center ( Riverbend Retreat Center was founded as Tarrant Baptist Encampment in 1967 when J.T. Stephens donated 70 acres of land near Glen Rose. An additional 89 acres were later purchased. To reflect the center’s outdoor environment, which includes secluded woodland bordering the Brazos River and serve groups beyond the Tarrant Baptist Association, the name was changed in 1995. Riverbend offers camp, conference and retreat facilities for individuals, families and groups of up to 720. More than 25,000 individuals visit the 159-acre facility, bordered by the Brazos River, annually. Each summer, Riverbend comes alive, as thousands of young people visit. In 2013, Riverbend will host 16 sessions of camp for more than 10,000 campers.Call (254) 897-4011 or (888) 269-2363 for more information.



Gifts galore and so much more amanda kimble [GLEN ROSE REPORTER] Whether you’re looking for fun, funky or inspirational gifts, a souvenir memorializing your visit or antiques and junk, the Glen Rose area is home to several shops that offer a wide mix of eclectic treasures. While you are making your way across the city seeing what these stores have to offer, don’t forget you can also find unusual jewelry, art and ornaments at The White Buffalo Gallery and A Working Artist Studio on the downtown square. And don’t forget the gift shops at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Dino World and Dinosaur Valley State Park have an array of gifts and goodies. Shops around the square and some on US Highway 67 participate in the monthly Girls Night Out, held the third Saturday of each month when shops stay open late, offering special sales and refreshments. Happy shopping!

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ANTIQUES American Country Mall 3280 US Highway 67 Rainbow, TX 76077 (254) 897-2049 Country Peddler 108 SW Barnard Street (254) 396-7788 Tracks in Time 616 SW Big Bend Trail (254) 898-1128 On Facebook

BOOKS Storiebook Cafe 502 NE Barnard Street (254) 897-2665

FLOWERS Wiley Flower Shop 205 Holden Street (254) 897-2400

Angels With Attitude

GIFTS, APPAREL AND MORE Angels With Attitude 110 SW Barnard Street (254) 898-1674 On Facebook Cheerful Heart Gifts

1207 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 898-9040 On Facebook Glen Rose Discount Drugs 906 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-3081 Green’s Shoe Repair and Leathercraft 111 SW Barnard Street

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SHOPPING GUIDE Junk or Treasures 115 Elm Street (254) 436-0009 On Facebook Odie’s Nest 102 Walnut Street (254) 898-0889 Spare Time 705 NE Big Bend Trail (254) 897-9977

Texas Treasures 103 W Elm Street (254) 897-9888 On Facebook

DISCOUNT Dollar General 604 SW Big Bend Trail (254) 897-4183 Family Dollar 802 SW Big Bend Trail (254) 898-1281



Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy 607 SW Big Bend Trail (254) 897-4190

Castaway’s Resale 510 SW Big Bend Trail (254) 897-1979

David’s Food Store 205 Austin Road (254) 897-2892

Methodist Thrift Store 203 NE Vernon Street (254) 897-7799



Hanna Hospital and Bath House A.J. Price Mill and Gin circa 1918

In the ‘Art of it All’ History, art at home at Barnard’s Mill amanda kimble [GLEN ROSE REPORTER]


he oldest structure in the city, Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum encapsulates more than a century of Somervell County history. Operating as a museum, which paints a colorful picture of the facility’s past, it also houses the works of artists from across the Lone Star State. While a portion of the existing structure originally opened as a grist mill in 1860, it later became a cotton gin before an addition was made and the building served as a clinic, the area’s first hospital, a private residence and then the museum it is today. About the Barnard Brothers

Connecticut natives, brothers George and Charles Barnard quickly made a name for themselves in the Republic of Texas. According to a history of the mill published in the Dallas Times Herald’s Sunday Magazine in Nov. 1968, its beginnings are rooted in a treaty between Sam Houston and seven 32

Texas Indian tribes in 1843. George had been instrumental in the signing of the treaty, in which the Indians agreed to construct a string of trading posts. Ultimately, George constructed a few trading posts himself, including one on the Brazos River around 1848. Charles operated the post and another, where the mill still stands, about 15 miles south on

the Paluxy River that would later give way to the fortified mill. The townsite that grew around the mill site was aptly named “Barnard’s Mill.”

The Mill

A solid construction that has survived for more than 150 years, Charles Barnard built the mill of native limestone. It rose


County Museum Located on the courthouse square in historic downtown Glen Rose at 101 SW Vernon Street, Somervell County Museum has a lot to offer. From evidence of discovery of prehistoric creatures, to the settlers who were drawn here to its one-time status as the “Moonshine Capital of Texas” and more, artifacts, trinkets, treasures and nice collection of photographs take visitors back in time. Give the museum a call at (254) 898-0640. Genealogy Society Located on the courthouse square at 100 NE Barnard Street, Paluxy Valley Archives and Genealogy Society, formerly known as Somervell County Heritage Center, allows visitors to unearth archives of the past. The genealogy collection offers records from across the Southern United States, and information on local history includes surrounding counties. Photographs, maps, newspaper files and clippings, varied archival records, collections from prominent area families and local organizations may be found in the growing archive. Local obituaries, index to birth and death records and US Census data for many Texas counties and computer workstations are also available. For more information, call (254) 897-9073 or visit

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MUSEUM from the rock foundation of the Paluxy River, and the initial structure measured 40 x 60 feet and included a basement and millrace. Its hand-hewn timbers and great oak beams that were hauled by oxen from East Texas are still standing today. The mill’s third story walls, measuring almost 30 inches thick, stand as evidence of a once common threat. Small holes just large enough for the barrel of a rifle were built into to them to help protect the mill against Indian invaders. Charles sold the mill about 10 years after its construction to Major T.C. Jordan of Dallas. Jordan’s wife is credited with renaming the community. She named it Glen Rose — paying homage to the area’s natural landscape and the wild roses growing along the Paluxy. Jordan sold the facility to A.J. Price, who continued its operation.

Local students get an education in the history of the Barnard family.

The Hospital

In the early 1940s, Price’s estate sold the mill to Dr. J.J. Hanna, an eye specialist with a vision. Hanna’s sister suffered from severe arthritis, and he believed she could draw relief from Glen Rose’s mineral water. Hanna and others believed the water could be therapeutic for other patients suffering from an array of health problems. So, a clinic took root. With the clinic quickly gaining notoriety, Hanna found the need to add a

medical doctor to his staff. He advertised the need as far away as New Jersey and New York, catching the attention of Dr. Roger Marks. In 1949, Marks moved his family to the area, where the former mill evolved into a full-service hospital. In 1955, Hanna sold the hospital to Marks and Dr. Robert English, and the facility was renamed MarksEnglish Hospital and Clinic. Medical care continued to be provided at that location until the existing hospital — now Glen Rose Medical Center — was built.

for about eight years, until it was purchased by native Texan Richard H. Moore, Jr., in 1979. Moore embarked on a labor of love, a restoration project that spanned about seven years. He named the finished project “Barnard’s Mill Art Museum”, and filled it with art and antiques. In 1982, Moore made the complex his permanent residence. More than two decades later, Moore bequeathed the mill to Somervell County History Foundation (SCHF). He deeded the museum to the organization in 2008.


The Museum

The former hospital remained vacant

Did you know? BE INSPIRED

If art is what you seek, make sure to check out these local establishments and events.

White Buffalo Gallery

The White Buffalo Gallery, located in downtown Glen Rose at 200 NE Barnard Street, serves a cultural hub for the city, hosting art events and displaying western art in various medium. The gallery is open 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or find the gallery on Facebook. For private viewings, call (254) 914-5372.

A Working Artist Studio & Gallery

A fun and funky stop on the downtown square, located at 111 Elm Street, A Working Artist Studio & Gallery sells fine and eclectic art and art supplies, but also offers the opportunity to get creative through regular workshops and classes.

Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, find them on Facebook, visit or call (254) 396-6699.

Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum offers aficionados a glimpse into Moore’s personal collection of art and also houses the Jewell Miears Fielder Foundation collection. The works of Fielder, Amy Miears Jackson, Robert Summers, Jack Bryant, R. Kleinfelder, Morris Henry Hobbs and many others are also displayed, as are collections of oriental and American Indian art

and artifacts. The Marcham Collection — 10 of Summer’s paintings — tells the tale the area’s history and the stories of the people who have called it home. A number of bronze sculptures from the artist offer a scaleddown glimpse of some of his greatest works. Summers, a Cleburne native and longtime Glen Rose resident, is an acclaimed sculptor whose bronze monuments are larger-than-life. A short list of his major works include the recently dedicated “East Meets West,” depicting a family in a 1926 Ford startling an oil-art horse on a bridge which stands 20x40 feet in Tulsa, Okla. Locally, the most beloved of his works — a bronze of the first family of Glen Rose, Charles Barnard and his wife Juana — pay tribute to the city’s heritage on the courthouse square.


Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum, located at 307 SW Barnard Street, is open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. every Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Arrangements may be made for private tours by appointment by calling (254) 897-7494 Monday-Friday. Information provided by Somervell County History Foundation, barnardsmill. org.

Art finds a home at Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum.

Paint the Glen

On the third Saturday of every May, Somervell County History Foundation hosts the Paint the Glen Paint Out, a plein-air event inviting artists from across the state and beyond to draw on the inspiration of the city’s natural beauty. The event includes a show and sale at Barnard’s Mill that evening.

Art on the Square

On the third Saturday of every month, March-October, artists and crafters are invited to peddle their wares on the downtown square. For more information, call the Glen Rose Convention and Visitors Bureau at (254) 897-3021 or visit



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nearby. The chimneys on other end are typical of 1870s frontier homes. It was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1963.

Barnard’s Mill and Old MarksEnglish Hospital, 307 SW Barnard Street, Glen Rose Built as an early Texas grist mill, the mill was constructed in 1860 by Charles Barnard, who with his brother, George, ran it until 1874. The cotton gin annex was erected in 1895, and the building served as the Marks-English Hospital 1943-71. It was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1962 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Barnard’s Trading Post No. 2, US Highway 67, eight miles east of Glen Rose The Torrey brothers of Connecticut and their childhood friend George Barnard, with President Sam Houston as a partner, contracted to build a series of trading posts along the Brazos River in 1843. George’s friendship with the Indians paved the way for more 34

Campbell Building, 202 Barnard Street, Glen Rose

peaceful frontier settlement. In 1846, George ransomed a young girl, Juana Cavasos, from a group of Comanches at the post near Waco for $300. By 1847, she had married his brother, Charles. In 1849, the Barnard brothers established a post within the valley, where Charles and Juana would live. The second post was four miles north of this site and near a Shawnee-Delaware village. The government relocated the area’s Indian population to Oklahoma in 1859, and the need for a trading post dwindled. The marker was erected in 1998.

Booker Home, 1396 West U.S. Highway 67 The home was built in the early 1870s by William G. McCamant, who came to Texas around 1856. McCamant, who had worked for the creation of Somervell County, was appointed as one of the first commissioners. The house was sold to Civil War veteran George L. Booker in 1896, during his 36-year tenure as county surveyor. The house features 18-inch thick walls made of limestone that was quarried

Built by T. B. Campbell, M.D., and wife Julia in 1894, the native limestone walls are 18 inches thick, and the pillars and window sills hand-hewn. The building housed a general store, telephone exchange and post office, and the upper floor was used for meetings. It was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1971.

Dinosaur Tracks, Vernon and Elm streets, Glen Rose Formed 100,000,000 years ago, tracks of three kinds of dinosaurs are preserved in the limestone below the Paluxy River. For years following their discovery around 1910, the tracks were a novelty and still attract tourists to Somervell County today. Excavations

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HERITAGE was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1964.

George’s Creek Baptist Church, CR 2174

by a prominent museum and several universities in 1938 brought the tracks to the attention of the world and researchers continue to unearth evidence of the prehistoric creatures. The state historical marker was erected in 1970.

First National Bank, 100 Barnard Street The hand hewn-native stone structure was built 1896 by A. P. Humphreys as a saloon. An upstairs lodge hall hosted dances, socials and stage shows. In 1902, First National Bank moved in, with such customers as Col. Charles Goodnight, a trail-blazing cattleman. It was the scene of 1917 robbery and shooting of one bandit. The structure

The history of the George’s Creek community can be traced to two men who passed through the area on an 1841 expedition from the Republic of Texas to Santa Fe, NM. The men, George Barnard and Thomas Torrey, later acquired land in the vicinity. By 1885, many additional families had arrived in the area, establishing farms, businesses and churches, including Cumberland Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist congregations. Records indicate two active Baptist churches in George’s Creek community in the 1880s — Good Hope and George’s Creek. In its early years, George’s Creek Baptist Church, established in 1885, shared a pastor with the Good Hope congregation. They also shared space with other churches, meeting in the Methodist church building, in schoolhouses, and under brush arbors and tents. In 1905, the church reorganized, and members constructed

a tabernacle at the cemetery in 1908. They later moved into a sanctuary, which they continue to use today, built by the Holiness Church in 1915. The marker was erected in 2005.

Lantham Mill Community, CR 1008 William and Mary E. Lanham and their family came to Texas from Tennessee about 1870. They purchased land and settled on a farm at the confluence of the Paluxy River and White Bluff Creek in what was at that time Hood County. William Lanham was one of 406 citizens who signed the 1875 petition to the State Legislature that led to the creation of Somervell County out of portions of Hood County. The community gradually declined in the early 20th century, and by 1947 the school was closed. The Lanham Mill Cemetery remains as the last physical remnant of a once-thriving rural community. The marker was dedicated in 1997.

Parker-Davis House Built in 1980 by James T. Parker, a

Confederate veteran who in a 42-day wagon trip moved from Tennessee to Texas in 1871 and taught, farmed and served as county commissioner. The house was built of native limestone, which was quarried nearby. It was modernized in 1964 by the William C. Davis, Jr. family and recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1964.

Post Oak Community, four miles north on FM 56 Settled in the years following the Civil War, Post Oak was an agricultural community for most of its history. Its name, derived from trees which are common in Somervell County, was solidified by 1896, when School District No. 2 took the name Post Oak. The lives of Post Oak residents revolved around a number of community institutions — Pleasant Point Missionary Baptist Church, founded in 1893; a Christian church, established in 1895; and a Primitive Baptist church, organized in 1907. Of the three, the Missionary Baptist church played the largest role in Post Oak’s development. The Rev. Seaborn


HERITAGE J. Foust, who pastured a number of churches in Hood and Somervell counties, donated adjoining parcels of land that formed the center of Post Oak community with land for Post Oak School (1892), a community church building (1905), and a cemetery (1913), although residents had used the burial ground several years earlier. In 1972, however, Texas Utilities began construction of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant on the settlement’s eastern edge, reviving Post Oak’s population and ensuring the continued growth of this historic community. The marker was erected in 2007.

Snyder Sanitarium, 209 SW Barnard Street Hundreds of natural springs and artesian wells made Glen Rose a health resort at the turn of the century. George Paul Snyder (1878-1942), a native of California, opened a sanitarium here in 1915. He built this two-story structure in 1919 to accommodate


his growing clientele. Snyder kept a small zoo, which became a landmark for townspeople as well as guests. Following Snyder’s death, his family and associates operated the sanitarium until the 1970s. It was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1985.

Somervell County, courthouse lawn, downtown Glen Rose The county was named for Alexander Somervell (1796-1854), a native of Maryland, veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto and secretary of war under Texas President David G. Burnet, who commanded the 1842 expedition seeking to end Mexican invasions of Texas Republic. Created from land in the southern end of Hood County and organized in 1875, Glen Rose (founded as Barnard’s Mill), serves as the county seat.

Somervell County Courthouse The Somervell County Courthouse was erected in 1893 and designed by John

Cormack of San Antonio. It was built with native limestone in the Romanesque Revival style. The structure is a typical rectilinear design with a central hallway. Originally the structure was constructed with wrought iron cresting on mansard roof and detailed sheet metal on the clock tower, which was altered in 1975 with wooden shingles covering tower surfaces. In 1902, the courthouse was damaged by tornado. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic places.

Somervell County Veterans, county courthouse lawn Honoring the veterans of the Confederacy, Spanish American War, World War I and II, the monument was erected in 1962.

Squaw Creek Indian Fight, FM 144, about two miles north of Glen Rose (picnic area) A Civil War frontier victory was

celebrated near this site after an estimated 25 raiding Indians jumped a fox hunter, Rigman Bryant, killed him, shot his dog and stole his horse. That afternoon, the Indians and stolen horses were seen by a group of men returning from the gristmill. The Cavalry attacked the Indians, recovered the horses, killed one Indian and chased the others away. One settler was shot. The marker was erected in 1965.

Source: Texas Historical Commission Find maps and additional information online at

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to people from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex or live in the local area,” he said. The ranch has hosted collegiate league racing for three consecutive years. And the mountain bikers keep rolling in. The first weekend in April, the Solavaca Cat Claw Classic welcomed about 400 participants, and about 100 more turned out for a high school league event the following week. On June 16, The Fossil 50 Challenge, a 50-mile race that combines 33 miles of single track and 17 miles of

scenic country roads, starts at the ranch. Contestants will then take a long route of country roads to Dinosaur Valley State Park for a challenging loop of single track and fire roads. While events are a part of the business, Hargrave said the sign hanging on the ranch’s gate speaks to his philosophy. “It says, ‘If you’re a mountain biker, you’re welcome to come on in,’” he said. “It’s pretty informal, but it works out.” Trail use fees are just $3 per day for adults, and children 12 years old and younger get in free of charge. Visit or call (254) 823-6574 for more information.

array of educational programs. The Children’s Animal Center at the Overlook gives children hands-on education and one-on-one contact with goats, emu and tropical birds. Day and overnight camps are available for groups and summer camps. Fossil Rim also welcomes overnight guests. Safari Camp offers cabins that resemble African safari tents, equipped with two twin beds, fresh linens, a private bath, ceiling fans and central heat and air. Each has a small patio and access to the guest pavilion and observation deck overlooking a fenced watering hole where animals can be seen taking a drink. Meanwhile, the lodge offers rustic luxury. The bed-and-breakfast features a cathedralstyle living room with a massive stone fireplace. It has a picturesque wall of glass that opens onto a stone veranda, where you can unwind and listen to animals while gazing at the expansive Texas sky. For more on tour and lodging options, hours, admission fees and special discounts, visit or call (254) 897-2960.



City of Glen Rose


Recorded as 2,444 during 2010 census


Mayor and five council members, elected at large

2012-13 Tax rate

39.521 cents per $100 valuation


Water, sewer, trash, police, code enforcement and animal control


Town Hall, 201 NE Vernon Street


(254) 897-2272

Glen Rose ISD


Seven-member board of trustees, elected at large

2012-13 budget

Revenue (state and local) $31.5 million Expenditures $31.45 million Tax rate 89.4 cents per $100 valuation


Four campuses providing education for Early Childhood — 12th grade


Central administration, located at 1102 Stadium Drive


(254) 898-3900

Somervell County


Estimated at 8,598 in 2012, and reported as 8,490 during the 2010 census 38


2013 projected value $2,909,469,126

Lakeside Physicians

County judge, four commissioners and departmental officials, elected at large



2012-13 budget

Somervell County Water District provides highquality, safe and affordable drinking water.

Tax rate 35.6649 cents per $100 valuation Maintenance and operating fund $10.46 million 2012 taxable value $3.19 billion Debt service (bonds) $939,063

Offices 2099 CR 301

Telephone (254) 897-4141


Other area taxing entities

Somervell County Fire Department, sheriff’s department, EMS and emergency management

Granbury ISD $1.145 per $100 valuation School of Three Way $1.04 per $100 Walnut Springs ISD 89.99 cents per $100


Medical Services

CareFlite Air Ambulance ( Air Evac Air Ambulance (

Electric City There are a number of electricity providers in Somervell County, including one electric cooperative. Information on most can be found at Texas Electric Choice, or by calling (866) 797-4839.

The Somervell County Courthouse Annex, 107 NE Vernon Street

Glen Rose Medical Center (



Lake Granbury Medical Center (


(254) 897-2322

United Cooperative Service

Atmos Energy

Somervell County Hospital District

Voters approved the formation of the taxing entity on May 11, 2013, for funding and operation of Glen Rose Medical Center. The election allowed a tax cap of 17.5 cents per $100 valuation. At the time this guide was published, the tax rate had not been set but was expected to set at 12-12.5 cents. A temporary board of directors has been appointed, and offices will be subject to election in the future.

Somervell County Water District


Seven-member board of directions, elected at large

2012-13 Budget

Tax Rate 12 cents per $100 Bond Debt $19,369,000 2012 taxable value $3,249,132,899

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Somervell County Offices

District District Attorney Dale Hanna (817) 556-6802 County Judge Mike Ford (254) 897-2322 Commissioners (254) 897-2206 Precinct 1 Larry Hulsey Precinct 2 John Curtis Precinct 3 Kenneth Wood Precinct 4 James Barnard Attorney Andrew Lucas (254) 897-2277 Sheriff Greg Doyle (254) 897-2242 County/District Clerk

Candace Garrett (254) 897-4427 Tax Assessor-Collector Darlene Chambers (254) 897-2419 Treasurer Barbara Hudson (254) 897-4814 Justice of the Peace (254) 897-2120 Precinct 1 Ronald Webb Precinct 2 Scott May Constables (254) 897-2424 Precinct 1 Karolee Wolfe Precinct 2 Craig Dodson Auditor Brian Watts (254) 897-2923 Elections/Voter Registrar Cathy Thomas (254) 897-9470 Emergency Management Dwayne Griffin (254) 897-2919 Extension Agent Shawn Davis (254) 897-2809

Other County Offices Adult Probation (254) 897-4744 Appraisal District (254) 897-4094 Crime Stoppers (254) 897-7777 Dept. of Public Safety (254) 897-4130 Jail (254) 897-4286 Juvenile Probation (254) 897-4136 Human Resources (254) 897-3750 Road Maintenance (254) 897-2239

Mayor Dennis Moore Council members Chris Bryant Danny Chambers Mike Jones Johnny Martin Sandra Ramsay

City of Glen Rose

State of Texas Town Hall (254) 897-2272 City Staff City Administrator Ken West City Secretary Melanie Reese Director of Public Works Jim Holder Chief of Police Buck Martin Glen Rose City Council

State Representative J.D. Sheffield (512) 463-0628 State Senator Brian Birdwell (512) 463-0122

United States U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (202) 225-9896 U.S. Senators John Cornyn (202) 224-2934/(512) 469-6034 Ted Cruz (202) 224-5922/(512) 916-5834



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Providing information on attractions and events in Glen Rose and Somervell County. Published by the Glen Rose Reporter.