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Welcome to Granbury. We think you’ll like it here. We sure do. Some of us have lived here all our lives, following in the footsteps of ancestors who were among the area’s first settlers. The rest of us got here as fast as we could. We live here because we love it here. If you have just moved to Granbury, welcome, neighbor. If you are a visitor, get ready to fall in love. Granbury offers a quality of life that is appealing to the young, the kind of young and the notgetting-any-younger. Flip through these pages and you’ll understand what we mean. Whether you are staying for a weekend or forever, we’re glad you’re here.

THE PEOPLE

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Hood County Population 2012 Estimate 52,044 Granbury Population 2012 Estimate 8,100

THE INCOME Hood County Per Capita $30,554 Hood County Median Household $54,002

Index Accommodations ..................................... 58 Acton Nature Center ............................... 42 Airports ........................................................ 20 Art ................................................................... 30 Communities ............................................. 38 Conference Center ................................... 22 Dog Parks ..................................................... 40 Economy ...................................................... 26 Entertainment ........................................... 64 Festivals .......................................................... 8 Fishing .......................................................... 54 Golf ................................................................ 44 Disc Golf ....................................................... 45 History .................................................... 16, 66 Lake ........................................................ 52, 54 Libraries ....................................................... 50 Museums ..................................................... 14 Opera House .............................................. 32 Paintball ....................................................... 48 Parks ....................................................... 10, 60 Restaurants .......................................... 56, 58 Tennis............................................................ 46 Town Square .............................................. 12 Trolley ........................................................... 24 Vineyards, Breweries ............................... 33 Weatherford College ............................... 36

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MARY VINSON | HOOD COUNTY NEWS

National recognition Kristen Babiash, 10, is a veteran waterski competitor living in Hood County. Last summer she placed fifth overall in her division at the National Water Ski

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FIDDLING SENSATION: Hood County’s Ridge Roberts, who turned 10 in April, began attracting attention last year because of his impressive fiddleplaying skills when he was only 9. Since then he has performed at a number of events in the area, including an appearance in Fort Worth as an intermission act for the DFW All-Stars. His parents are John and Cindy Roberts.


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Festivals rely on volunteers

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BY DEBBIE SCHNEIDER HOOD COUNTY NEWS From General Granbury’s birthday to the historic homes in Granbury, there’s always something to do or see. Event planners agree that volunteers make it happen. “We couldn’t do it without our volunteers,” said Brenda Hyde, events coordinator for the Historic Granbury Merchants Association. “The Granbury Brigade is very helpful with our events,” Hyde said. “Sylvia Hickey has been volunteering with us forever.” Some 500 volunteers work with the Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration, sponsored by the Granbury Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s board of directors, ambassadors, employees and members work with community volunteers, Granbury Brigade, Citizens Police and others to pull off the 4th of July festivities each year. Judge Ralph Walton and Jean Cate are longtime announcers for the 4th of July parade. Donna Denman, Becky Rizer, Barb Hanes and Dannette Carter tackle the T-shirt folding task each year, reports chamber spokeswoman Sondra Walton. Kevin Downing and family are also faithful volunteers. New volunteers are always needed. Hyde can be reached at the HGMA office, 817-573-5299. To volunteer with the 4th of July activities, contact the chamber at 817-573-1622.

TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, MARCH TBA, 2014 Where: On the square and surrounding areas. What: March 2 Texas celebration with vendors, historic parade, music, historic reenactments, historic exhibits, dancing, activities for the kids, student history fair, multimedia presentations. Sponsor: Texas Heroes Foundation. Information: www.march2texas. com.

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Where: On the square and surrounding areas. What: Annual event with bean and rib cook-off, smoked brisket, parade, vendors, children’s area. Birthday cake is served to celebrate General Granbury’s birthday. Sponsor: Historic Granbury Merchants Association. Information: www.granburysquare. com or 817-573-5299.

GRANBURY WINE WALK APRIL TBA, 2014 Where: Historic square and sur-

MARY VINSON | HOOD COUNTY NEWS

IT’S A TRADITION: Parades are part of most celebrations in Granbury. Parade-goers often place their chairs at the curb the day before the parade to save their place. Many parades in Granbury start at the school district administration parking lot,

head east down Pearl Street to circle the square. Due to the large number of floats, some parade entries organize at the Granbury High School parking lot before proceeding to the square.

rounding area. What: Friday and Saturday wine walk participants will enjoy strolling through outdoor booths for wine and food tastings, art exhibits and live music. Booths open noon to 8 p.m. both days. VIP event: Thursday evening prior to event at a private estate overlooking Lake Granbury and features wine, food, art and live music. Information: www.granburywinewalk.com.

Arts and craft booths, food vendors, hometown parade, decorated bike contest, entertainment, Rockin’ Rods Car Show, old-fashioned games, Bulls and Broncs Rodeo, carnival, fireworks show over Lake Granbury. Sponsor: Granbury Chamber of Commerce. Information: www.granburychamber.com or 817-573-1622..

MEMORIAL DAY HOMETOWN FAIR, PICNIC AND CARNIVAL MAY 25-27, 2013 Where: Outdoor festival. What: Vendors, boats and personal watercraft display, games and music on the square and surrounding area. A new feature this year: bands will play from the balconies overlooking the square. Previously, bands were located on a stage. Sponsor: Historic Granbury Mer-

chants Association. Information: www.granburysquare. com or 817-573-5299.

FIELD OF FLAGS MAY 24-27, 2013 Where: New location this year at 317 E. Highway 377, next to Spring Creek Barbeque. What: Huge display of U.S. flags in tribute to veterans. Flags are available for purchase to recognize your loved one serving past or present in the military. Proceeds from the sale of flags helps the U.S. Veterans Museum. Sponsor: U.S. Veterans Museum. Information: www.usveteransmuseum.com or 817-578-3288.

OLD-FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION JULY 4-6, 2013 Where: On the square and surrounding area. What: Fourth of July celebration with variety of vendors and activities.

WARRIORS FOR CHRIST BIKER BASH AUG. 31- SEPT. 2, 2013 Where: On the square and surrounding area. What: Motorcycle runs, biker contests and motivational speakers. Sponsor: Warriors for Christ Ministry. Information: www.bikerbashtx.com or 817-964-5491.

HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL OCT. 19-20, 2013 Where: On the square and surrounding area.

What: Outdoor festival with vendors on the square, variety of pumpkin contests, live entertainment. Sponsor: Historic Granbury Merchants Association. Information: www.granburysquare. com or 817-573-5299.

NIGHT OF LIGHTS NOV. 29, 2013 Where: Granbury Square. What: Christmas parade. Sponsor: Lake Granbury Ministerial Alliance. Information: www.granburysquare. com or 817-573-5299.

CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES DEC. 6-8, 2013 Where: Granbury Historic District What: Homes and historic buildings are open for touring, musical events around the square. Information: www.granburysquare. com or 817-573-5299.


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NATURAL BEAUTY: The historic district’s Shanley Park, located behind Granbury City Hall, offers lush greenery and water features.

Granbury adds Bark Park to outdoor venues BY KATHY CRUZ

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HOOD COUNTY NEWS

Granbury city officials have worked hard to make sure visitors to the lakeside community can play hard - even if they have four legs. A new “Bark Park” where properly registered dogs can frolic unleashed is one of two popular recreational attractions that the city added this year to its more than 150 acres of park land. This fall, construction will be completed on the other attraction: a new skatepark. It will be on Crossland Street near the soccer fields. The community has participated in

both endeavors. When the city hosted a namethe-dog-park contest, more than 200 submissions were made. Public workshops were held so that skateboarders and BMX bike enthusiasts could give input on the design of the skatepark. The city will be expanding the skatepark as funding becomes available. Eventually, there will be an amphitheater for outdoor meetings, concerts and other performances. Here are some of the city’s other recreational offerings: Moments in Time Hike and Bike Trail 303 N. Travis St.

The 2.5-mile trail, built in 2006, spans from Granbury Municipal Airport to just past the well-manicured Shanley Park by Granbury City Hall. Parking facilities and rest rooms are located along the trail. City Beach Park 615 E. Pearl St. Located next to the Granbury Resort Conference Center just east of the square, the popular beach boasts a splash area, a “Tiki Hut” concessions stand, white sand imported from South Padre Island and a long pier connecting one side of the beach to the other. A boardwalk at the conference center turns into a trail, running under Pearl Street and Business

377, enabling pedestrians to walk to nearby Hewlett Park without crossing busy Pearl Street. Hewlett Park 634 E. Pearl St. One of the city’s newest, the 8.3acre park is adjacent to Lambert Branch Creek and features a playground, a pavilion, rest rooms and a parking lot. Lambert Branch Park 510 N. Brazos St. Mostly undeveloped open space, this park has a fishing and viewing pier and picnic tables. Recently, two historic buildings were moved there. Future plans include extend-

ing the hike and bike trail further east through the park and extending a pedestrian bridge to connect southeast across Lambert Branch Creek toward Hewlett Park. The city’s parks master plan calls for the addition of a playground and pavilion. Shanley Park/Houston Street Park 303 N. Travis St. Located behind Granbury City Hall in the historic district, Shanley Park is landscaped and boasts fountains, pathways and bridges. The park is often used for concerts and festivals, and during the Christmas holidays it is

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MARY VINSON | HOOD COUNTY NEWS

A HAPPENIN’ PLACE: Granbury’s historic Town Square is the site of several popular annual events. The courthouse recently was restored

with funds awarded through the Texas Historical Commission. The Granbury Opera House on the square’s south side is undergoing ren-

ovation and will feature a majestic lobby with staircases on each side when it reopens in time for Christmas season performances.

Return to yesteryear on Town Square BY KATHY CRUZ

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HOOD COUNTY NEWS

Granbury’s Town Square has the distinction of being the first to be named to the national historic registry as an example of the most complete 19th century square. Adding to the square’s return-to-yesteryear appeal is the newly restored courthouse. The project was funded through a $5 million grant from the Texas Historical Commission and another $2 million from the county. “When people come here, they get to see what it really looked like back in the 19th century,” said Claudia Southern, head of Preserve Granbury and wife of former longtime Mayor David Southern. “We believe in protecting the past, and that the past has an effect on our future.” The historic Granbury Opera House on the south side of the square is undergoing renova-

tions that will bring magic to the stage as well the two-story, limestone buildings that line the as about 50 additional seats. Because of a basesquare. ment beneath Melinda Ray, the stage, entire owner of the sets will be able Nutt House on to disappear as the square’s another set apnorth side, bepears. lieves it is former According owner Mary to local legend, Lou Watkins John Wilkes who sometimes Booth, a.k.a. mischievously John St. Helen, realigns the performed at wooden blinds -Claudia Southern the Opera House in the six round, after escaping arched windows Preserve Granbury to Granbury on the hotel’s following the second floor. assassination of The statue President Abraham Lincoln. just across the street from the Nutt House on His is not the only ghost believed to roam the courthouse proper is of Watkins, who was

‘When people come here, they get to see what it really looked like back in the 19th century.’

a beloved local figure credited with instilling in the community a pride in its history. Just up the street, at 319 E. Bridge, Watkins’ former home serves as the site of the Bridge Street History Center. The Historic Granbury Merchants Association (HGMA) is an active group of stakeholders in the historic district that promotes special events on or around the square. Some of the events that take place annually are the Harvest Moon Festival held every October, General Granbury’’s Birthday celebration in March, the Candlelight Tour of Homes in December and the Granbury Wine Walk in April. Every year, there is also a Memorial Day parade and the Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Other events are scheduled throughout the year, including performances by the Historic Granbury Gunslingers, a reenactment group.


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For those wanting to learn about the history of Hood County, a trip to jail can be just the thing. The reference is, of course, to the Hood County Museum, aka the “Old Jail Museum,” as many locals call it. The museum opened in the late 1990s and is operated by the Hood County Historical Society. There’s a lot packed into the small building just off the square. For example, visitors can learn about the first and only female sheriff in Hood County, Celia B. Campbell, who succeeded her husband in 1948. Also, Hood County was once home to several colleges, including Add-Ran College, which is now TCU. Granbury College and Thorp Spring Christian College were previously located here. Once, Tolar rivaled Granbury in terms of visitors and business. A trip to the museum will reveal the inside details of how Granbury became the county seat. Upstairs is a special exhibit all its own, the old Hood County Jail cell block. There’s a reason such facilities were called “The Slammer,” as one move of the lever to close all the doors will show. The graffiti on the walls also serves as something of an exhibit. One inmate, with apparently too much time on his hands, or too much thought to be contained in his brain - or both - inscribed a lengthy bit of prose. And though there was never a hanging in the old jail, a room was built especially for such. It later became a meeting room for visitors, attorneys, etc. Hood County Jail Museum 208 N. Crockett St. 817-573-5135 Friday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. $2 adult, $1 children ages 7-12 U.S. Veterans Museum 601 Thorp Springs Road 817-578-3288 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday Free (donations accepted) Depot Museum 109 E. Ewell 817-573-2557 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday Free (donations accepted) Granbury Doll House 421 E. Bridge St. 817-894-5194 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Free (donations accepted)

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Yeats Cabin Museum 214 N. Crockett St. 817-907-4946 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday Free (donations accepted) Bridge Street History Center 319 E. Bridge St. 817-573-8872 or 817-573-2694 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays Free (donations accepted)

MARY VINSON | HOOD COUNTY NEWS

IF THESE OLD WALLS COULD TALK: The Hood County Jail Museum, though a small building, has a lot of history about Hood County and Granbury within its walls. It also served as the jail for Hood County from 1885-1978.

The cell block was famously known as “The Cage.” Visitors to the area can learn about Granbury’s beginnings and development over more than a century. It is located near the northeast corner of the square.


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GRANBURY’S REMAINS MOVED: While commanding Granbury’s Brigade, Brigadier General Hiram B. Granbury was killed at the Battle of Franklin. Granbury was first buried near Franklin, Tenn., then

1864, following a brilliant performance in the Chattanooga-Rinngold Campaign, just nine months after he was named Brigadier General.

Granbury rich in frontier history Granbury and Hood County are rich in frontier folklore and Texas history. Granbury maintains a door to yesterday, with its Victorian architecture and charming county spirit. Locally owned shops and restaurants on the square are a focal point. Away from the town square, the city is bustling with big box stores, national retail stores and franchised eateries on Highway 377, the main thoroughfare in town. Dubbed a micropolis, new residents are drawn to the area by affordable housing, less urban congestion and a lower cost-of-living. A micropolis is not a suburb of a metropolitan area, instead, it’s removed from the nearest big city.

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reinterred in Ashwood’s Cemetery belonging to St. John’s Episcopal Church. On Nov. 30, 1893, his remains were moved to Granbury (pictured above), a town named in his honor. Granbury died Feb. 29,

Hood County’s first Anglo settler was Charles Barnard, a hardy entrepreneur from the Northeast. Barnard expanded an Indian trading post near Waco to include a second post in 1847 on the Brazos River in the shadow of Comanche Peak. Comanche Peak was a sacred Indian mesa, west of the Brazos River. The towering property today is privately owned and not open to the public.

Other stalwart pioneers began to settle in Hood County during the 1850s. Among them were Davy Crockett’s widow, Elizabeth Crockett, and their son, Robert Patton Crockett. Thomas Lambert was among the first to settle on the west banks of the Brazos River. He dubbed the spring-fed creek that flows through Granbury “Lambert Branch.”

3 million pounds a year. In 1983, Hood County topped Texas pecan production with a whopping 6.1 million pounds.

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Hood County was created by a special act of the Texas Legislature in 1866. The county was named for General John Bell Hood, a Confederate hero. The legislature also decreed the county seat would be named for General Hiram B. Granbury, also a Confederate hero.

Colleges were established in the 1870s. Granbury College was north of the town square. Add-Ran College, the predecessor of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, was established in Thorp Spring.

AGRICULTURE IMPORTANT Agriculture has long been one of Hood County’s leading industries, and cotton was the first leading crop. Livestock has also been important. As cotton production waned, peanuts and pecans became important crops. In 1942, 16,000 acres of peanuts were harvested. Around that same time, the average pecan crop in Hood County totaled more than

HERE COMES THE TRAIN In 1887, the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railroad arrived in Granbury, triggering an economic boom.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION Granbury’s highly successful historic preservation movement began in 1969 with the restoration of the Hood County Courthouse. Mary Lou Watkins, a descendant of the Nutt brothers, restored the old Nutt family home in the late 1960s. Next the Nutt House building on the Granbury Square was restored. This restoration effort provided inspiration and served as an impetus to building owners to restore or refurbish historic buildings on the square.

Granbury’s old town square was the first in Texas to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Local legislation in the early 1970s protects the architectural integrity of Granbury’s pristine 19th century structures. The 1891 courthouse is still in use today. Designed by W.C. Dodson of Waco, the structure was built for $40,000. A major restoration of the courthouse, which took two years, was completed in late 2011.

THE RIVER WAS DAMMED The long-awaited damming of the Brazos River to create the 30-mile long Lake Granbury in 1969 had a tremendous impact on the growth and economy of Hood County. Hood County was the fastest-growing county in Texas from 1980 to 1985 according to USA Today. The rapid growth of the county is a direct result of the creation of Lake Granbury and the revitalization of the city’s historic square. Source: Walking and Driving Tour of Historic Granbury and Hood County, by Mary G. Saltarelli


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THEY JUST LOVE HOOD COUNTY: Three generations of the same family have moved to the area simply because they love it here. (From left) Sharon Grindstaff, Brian Sewell, Karen Sewell, Bob Morgan, Jane Mor-

gan, and John Grindstaff have migrated to Hood County after falling in love with things such as the lake, theater and people. The Sewells have lived here the longest, a couple of decades, while Karen’s mom

and dad, Bob and Jane Morgan, moved here almost a decade ago. Karen’s sister Sharon and her husband John moved here very recently.

Newcomers lured by lake, friendly folks BY RICK MAUCH

May 2013

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As the old expression goes about Texas, it also appears to hold true for Granbury and Hood County. They may not have been born in our neck of the woods, but they got here as quickly as possible. Well, it actually took Sharon Grindstaff and her husband John eight years to get here - to live that is. They visited many times while anticipating their eventual move. “The more we saw, the more we wanted to move here,” said Sharon. Sharon, 64, and John, 65, are from Balance Rock, Calif., just northeast of Bakersfield. John’s mother and father, Jane and Bob Morgan, have lived in Pecan Plantation for nearly a decade. “We moved here just because we love Granbury,” said Sharon, who was still unpacking at the time of this interview.

Worth to get a hamburger,” Sharon said, chuck“We really, truly enjoy the people being ling. “You certainly don’t have to do that anyfriendly. You can go into a store and people talk more. We’re growing, but we’re still a small town, to you, tell you to have a nice day, just strike up a and I hope we stay that way for a long time. conversation with you. “I like that it’s not that “I’ve never felt so at home far to go to the big town in my life, even before we (Fort Worth), though.” moved here.” It is possible the linAlong with friendly folks, eage of family members the area offered numerous moving to the area could other things the Grindstaffs continue, Sharon said fell in love with. --deCordova resident with a smile. “The lake is beautiful, George Richards “John and I have chiland we love the square,” she dren and grandchildren said. “We’d always make it in California,” she said. a point to go to the theater “We’re hoping the more they visit, the more they when we’d visit because the shows are always will fall in love with the charm and everything so good.” here like we did.” The Grindstaffs purchased a home in Bentwater. Sharon said she remembers when her sisterGEORGE, JAN RICHARDS in-law, Karen Sewell, moved here and told her all They didn’t move as far as the Grindstaffs to about the area. “Karen was here when you had to drive to Fort get here, but George Richards and his wife Jan

‘We wanted to see the sky again.’

happily made it here upon retirement. “We owned two homes at the time, and moved out here,” said George. “It was the lake that did it for us. “There’s a lot of deCordova people our ages who came here for the lake.” George retired five years ago at age 55. Since he and Jan loved it here so much, and were spending so much time here, they figured why not make this their home. So they moved from their home in between Burleson and Crowley, a place where they thought they had what they now have in Granbury and Hood County. “The serenity out here is peaceful. It’s just a peaceful town,” he said. “The whole atmosphere is a home-grown feeling. “We thought we had that between Burleson and Crowley, but we lost that. It just grew. “We wanted to see the sky again.” speditor@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 256


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AIRPORT ATTRACTION: This Navy Stearman biplane was part of one of the annual fun fly-in events for the public at the Granbury Regional

Airport involving the vintage aircraft, which date back to World War II and before. The general aviation airport is going forward with plans

for a 5,200-foot runway that will provide access to corporate jets and other larger aircraft that can’t land on the current 3,600-foot runway.

Granbury airport looking ahead to expansion BY MARK WILSON

May 2013

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Manager Gary Hawkins said he’s focused on the Granbury Regional Airport “earning the title of friendliest airport in Texas” - and it may be on its way to earning that informal designation. Currently the airport handles an average of 1,200 aircraft “operations” - landings and takeoffs - per month on its 3,600-foot runway, he said. The city of Granbury, the FAA and TxDOT joined together in an $18 million project to add a new runway (5,200 feet long) that will give the airport the capability of handling operations for larger aircraft, including corporate jets. The new runway is tentatively projected to be completed sometime in 2016 or 2017, but the land for it has not been purchased. Hawkins predicted the airport improvements will be an economic stimulus for Granbury, adding that, “Airports are not just for rich people.” Hawkins said he plans on the facility becoming a “reliever” airport, reducing pressure of gen-

eral aviation and corporate aircraft that fly into larger airports, either in Fort Worth or Dallas. “We’re limited now to the smaller planes,” said Hawkins, who became manager on June 1, 2012, after 17 years as assistant director at Sugar Land Regional Airport in the Houston area. “The new runway is going to open us up to corporate aircraft that are already wanting to come in here. “We have plans to bring in corporate aircraft and corporate aviation departments to call Granbury home, and the result would be the corporate executives could be chair to air in 15 minutes. The fact that it’s so close to the Metroplex is very important because of the way growth is coming out this way.” Hawkins said the current airport hangars have been full for four or five years. Some new hangars have already been constructed. There are 82 aircraft based there, and he noted that “there are another 50 that want to call it home. AirEvac (medical helicopters) relocated their maintenance facility from Greenville to

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THE LANDINGS This second private airstrip in Pecan Plantation has only been open since 2011, and is about seven miles from the Pecan Plantation Airport. It’s 50 feet wide, and is also made of asphalt. Homeowners who live around The Landings own portions of the runway and provide for its maintenance costs.

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ROOMS WITH A VIEW: The Granbury Resort Conference Center on Lake Granbury, a short distance east of the square, is a popular place

for meetings and other gatherings. Its boardwalk, with the waters of Lake Granbury as a backdrop, is a favorite spot for wedding reception

photos. Located at 621 E. Pearl St., the center is next to the popular City Beach.

Conference Center within easy walking distance of square BY KATHY CRUZ

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The Granbury Resort Conference Center on Lake Granbury just a short distance east of the Town Square is a popular spot for meetings and provides the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. The two-story facility has divisible meeting and banquet rooms. It also features glass doors that open garage door-style onto a wraparound boardwalk where visitors can stroll and sip drinks while enjoying the lake view. A balcony at the front of the Conference Center provides a view of the City Beach. The Conference Center is strategically located at 621 E. Pearl St. with amenities within walking distance.

On one side of the Conference Center is the popular City Beach, where a pier insulates swimmers from watercraft and provides opportunity for a scenic stroll from the Conference Center to the square. The beach’s white sand was transported from South Padre Island. Visitors can purchase hot dogs, soft drinks and other refreshments from a tiki hut concessions stand. Across the street from the Conference Center is Hewlett Park, which will soon have boat docks built by the city. Pedestrians can cross busy Pearl Street with the help of a stoplight recently put in place by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), or they can stroll along the boardwalk, which winds under Pearl Street. On the other side of the Conference Center is the Hilton Garden Inn, which also has meet-

ing rooms, as well as a restaurant. The meeting rooms can be used in tandem with those at the Conference Center for larger corporate events. The square, which offers several dining choices as well as shopping opportunities, is a fiveminute walk away. The Granbury Opera House is located there, and will reopen to the public after undergoing renovations in time for holiday performances. The Granbury Resort Conference Center offers audio-visual services and Internet access. It has been rated “excellent” by visitors on TripAdvisor, and has also received a five-star rating by WeddingMapper. For booking inquiries, call 877-936-1201 or 682-936-1200. Emailed inquiries can be sent to sales@granburytx.com. kcruz@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 258

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ALL ABOARD: The city-operated trolley provides free transportation for visitors staying at local hotels and bed and breakfast establishments. Drivers knowledgeable about local history serve as tour guides.

They say nobody likes being taken for a ride. But sometimes, people actually do - especially if it’s on an old-fashioned streetcar. The city of Granbury provides visitors free rides on its green and cream trolley. The streetcar runs every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The trolley starts on the square at Crockett and Pearl Streets and runs every hour. Times and routes may vary, depending on

traffic, special events or unforeseen circumstances. When schedule changes are necessary, hotels and inns are notified. Schedule #1 Hotels include the following stops at or around the top of each hour: Hilton Garden Inn; Waterview - The Point; Waterview - The Cove; Plantation Inn; Baymont Inn; Best Western; Comfort Suites; La Quinta; Quality Inn & Suites; Granbury Inn & Suites; Days Inn; and Avalon Town Centre. Schedule #2 - B&Bs is a run that is made 30 minutes after the hour and involves the following stops: Pomegranate House; Baker St. Harbour; Granbury Gardens; Inn

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BUNTING AND BUSTLE: Shops on Granbury’s historic Town Square are frequented by locals and tourists alike - especially during annual

thing from sandwiches to steak dinners.

Granbury’s small-town charm appeals to residents, visitors BY KATHY CRUZ HOOD COUNTY NEWS

May 2013

events such as General Granbury’s Birthday celebration and the Harvest Moon Festival. Several restaurants on the square offer every-

Hood County has many residents who have long had family roots here. But a large portion of its 50,000-plus population is here simply because they want to be. For years, the golf courses and gated communities have been a draw for retirees, but there has been plenty to attract growing families as well: athletics, parks, schools and a recreational lake, just to name a few. “We offer an ideal location, with easy access to the fourth largest metro area in the U.S.,” said Joey Grisham, former director of the Lake Granbury Area Economic Development Corporation. “Hood County offers residents a small-town feel with several shopping venues and a variety of housing options, without the congestion in the Metroplex.” Tax rates that are lower than surrounding areas provided padding for a community that already was more insulated than most during the

economic downturn of recent years. The town’s low crime rate, historic charm and waterfront setting - along with ordinances aimed at aesthetics - have drawn the attention of major food and retail chains, as well as industries. Recent growth spurts have occurred in the eastern portion of the county, with the opening of H-E-B, McDonald’s, Michael’s and a smattering of other businesses in and around the shopping center at Highway 377 and Highway 4. “Our focus right now is to bring in industry and retail that will generate an even better quality of life here for our citizens so that they will not have to go to the Metroplex to shop,” said Granbury City Manager Wayne McKethan. With the Commerce Centre of Granbury, the Granbury Resort Conference Center, expansion of the Granbury Regional Airport and a local campus for Weatherford College, Granbury and Hood County have become a one-stop shop. “I have worked in numerous states, and I believe that Granbury is the most unique small

town in the U.S.,” Grisham said. “Very few small towns can claim that they have as much retail as we do, been featured in the Wall Street Journal and lay claim to a drive-in theater and a brewery.” The charm of Granbury’s small-town square, its historic Opera House and the Ghosts and Legends Tour bring Granbury’s appeal full circle, making it a prime location not only for retirees and families, but for business and industry as well. “We’re basically expanding our parts and improving the quality of life - and those are criteria for a company moving to Granbury,” McKethan said. Representatives of many business in the county support the community through civic and volunteer initiatives. “There is a strong community spirit in Hood County,” Grisham said. kcruz@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 258

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ART IS FOR ALL AGES: One of the programs promoted by the Lake Granbury Art Association is the Children’s Summer Art Workshop,

seen here with some of the proud participants during last June’s event at the Shanley House Center for the Arts, 224 N. Travis St. in

Granbury. The art association’s fall show will be in September, and there are classes and workshops offered at various times in the year.

Art scene paints upbeat future BY MARK WILSON

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Granbury’s art community remains vibrant, and one indicator is the continued growth of the Lake Granbury Art Association, according to its president, Pam Fritz. “I think it is growing, and we have a lot of new members come in from other states,” Fritz said, adding that the association is active and always interested in finding new members. Individual members seem to be exploring greater depths in their work, as well. “Our art work has improved immensely through the last several years,” Fritz noted, adding that there may be 100 current association members. The Shanley House Center for the Arts continues to be the center of the Lake Granbury Art

Association’s universe. “The Shanley House is a historical old building we (the art association) maintain,” Fritz said. “We feel quite fortunate to have our home here. We have classes for children and workshops in the summer (also for adults).” The art association will have its open fall show in September. The popular Last Saturday Night Gallery features paintings on display to the public at various locations in downtown Granbury. On those nights, the Shanley House usually remains open until 8 or 9 p.m., Fritz said.

“The Langdon Center gallery offers monthly shows from local and regional working artists, as well as seasonal events and cultural activities throughout the year,” said the center’s program specialist Joel Back. m.wilson@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 254

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The Granbury Opera House is a major part of Granbury’s heritage. And even as the theater undergoes a facelift, officials are careful to see that it maintains its historical significance. Still, when it does reopen, not everything is going to be the same. In fact, when it comes to the actual onstage product, things will be quite different. Visitors and newcomers to the area will see both history and state-of-the-art when they walk into the theater. For starters, there will now be a stage UNDER the main stage. A pit going down 8 feet can house an orchestra, but then it also goes back 40 feet. Because of the open area directly below the stage, Opera House shows will have entire sets disappear as the floor drops. As some set pieces are moved out of the way, another complete set can rise from below. “This is Broadway-type stuff,” said Granbury Theatre Company Executive Director Andrew Barrus. “It changes everything. The world of theater has changed to where the average person is saying ‘I want magic.’ Now we can give it to them.” There’s even more to the main stage itself. Nearly twice as much as before. The 33-foot stage, combined with a 7-foot apron area, equals a 40-foot deck, an increase of 16 feet from before. And, according to Barrus, the backstage area is also going to be bigger than ever before. He said 7,600 square feet will be added to the wing space, along with new dressing rooms. Of course, with a renovated theater come folks who want to see the changes. Barrus said seating will increase by about 50 to around

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COME ON IN FOR A FRESH BREW: Revolver Brewing opened last year. Folks can take a tour, sit and sample the interesting variety of beers, and even enjoy a picnic lunch. If it’s wine that’s more to your liking, there are a couple of vineyards that demand a visit, Bluff Dale Vineyards and Barking Rocks Winery. Both offer tastings and tours. Both are also great places for weddings, reunions, or just a good ol’ fashioned gathering among friends. Both also offer concerts, with Barking Rocks featuring its First Friday concerts each month,

often highlighting local artists. The Bluff Dale Vineyards also features a beautiful scenic view as visitors sit on the tasting porch basking in the atmosphere. If it’s spending time with other locals sharing your same taste, both have that covered as well. The Bluff Dale Wine Society calls the Vineyards home, while Barking Rocks has its Wine Club.

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Whether it’s sitting down for a beer on a hot summer afternoon or enjoying a relaxing glass of wine while listening to some music, Granbury and Hood County has a taste for everyone. For example, Grant Wood and the Revolver Brewery in Acton pride themselves on using local ingredients in what folks calls some pretty tasty beers. Wood is a former brewmaster in Boston for the famous brand Samuel Adams beer. But Wood is originally from Irving, and he’s back in Texas to create magic with the local flavoring, and he’s working alongside other Texans. Among the local ingredients used is honey from Fall Creek Farms, and all the water used is from a well on the property. And all the team working at the brewery are native Texans. Rhett Keisler owns the brewery with his father Ron. Tours and tastings at Revolver Brewing are open to the public each Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Picnic tables are on site for folks to come by, sit and have a nice, relaxing time. You can even play a game of horseshoes if you like.

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HIGHER EDUCATION AT A LOWER COST: Granbury now has a college campus, thanks to Weatherford College and local officials who

worked to forge the partnership. A bill was filed in the 83rd Legislature to make Hood County part of Weatherford College’s service area,

helping local residents save even more on higher education.

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Not many college administrators know all of their students by name, but that’s one of the things unique about Weatherford College’s Granbury campus. Since opening in the fall of 2011 with 130 students, the campus’s popularity has grown steadily. Enrollment for spring 2012 was double the fall registration. Enrollment for the spring 2013 semester was up to 321, according to David Russell, associate dean of instruction. He is in charge of the Granbury campus. Not only has the number of students increased, but so have the course sections and tutorial staff. The campus now offers math and writing labs with tutors.

Business courses have been added “in hopes of making an easy and seamless transition into Tarleton’s business program,” said Russell. “We’ve got a tremendous partnership with Tarleton.” Those planning to pursue bachelor’s degrees in business or any other liberal arts program can take all their basic courses - and earn an associate’s degree - at the Granbury campus. The 83rd State Legislature was expected to officially put Hood County into Weatherford College’s service area. The House passed the bill, and it was up for consideration by the state Senate when this publication went to press. Russell said that Granbury Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Mike Scott testified before the House and Senate about the bill, and was a leader in the effort to make college education more affordable for Hood County residents. The partnership between Weatherford Col-

lege and Hood County involved strong commitment and is considered a significant step forward for economic development in Granbury. The campus is at 200 N. Jones St. The building, which offers a large open area where students can congregate, was donated by the Granbury Independent School District. The course fees of about $100 per credit hour is saving local families thousands in tuition and other college-related costs. The campus even offers a course on how to succeed in college. Learning Frameworks teaches students effective study techniques and other skills to steer them toward academic success. “So many students, as they enter college, struggle with understanding how college is different from high school, and so this is our attempt to help them make a smooth transition into college and independent learning,” said Joyce Pages, director of the education and alter-

native teacher certification program. Weatherford College officials plan for Hood County students to someday be able to earn bachelor’s and even master’s degrees at their local campus. Currently, course offerings include, among other things: Freshman English; Geology; American Government; U.S. History; Concepts of Physical Fitness; Algebra; Intro to Psychology; Intro to Speech Communication; Intro to Accounting; Intro to Computers; Business Computer Applications; Applied Psychology; Public Speaking; Intro to Sociology; and Music Appreciation. There is workforce training, as well, including a number of computer classes. Special events for students include a fall cookout. Russell said that students dressed in Halloween costumes for last fall’s cookout event. kcruz@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 258


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OPEN COUNTRY: Residents in the smaller communities of Hood County enjoy a more rural lifestyle. School activities, community events and church functions bring residents together in the areas of Lipan, Tolar

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and Cresson. School pride shines in Tolar (pictured) with Tolar Rattler flags. Lipan boasts of their Indian mascot. Tolar sparkles in football, basketball and other sports. Lipan is known statewide for basketball.

Natural gas exploration continues to bring growth to Cresson with drilling and service companies locating around town. Around the crossroads of Highways U.S. 377 and Highway 171, business properties are popping up. The city has expanded to about seven times the size of the original two square miles in 2000. Motor Sports Ranch, a private racing park for sports car owners, along with individual food and retail businesses, marked the initial growth. In recent years, Motor Sports Ranch expanded to include a wake board park. In this controlled environment, wake boarders are able to practice their skills. Cresson is in three counties, Hood, Johnson and Parker - with most of the growth in Hood. Like most of North Central Texas, Cresson had it first settlers in the 1850s, and the settlement was named for one of the first, John Cresson. Cresson became a “crossroad” in 1856 with the Stage Coach Stand, a stop on the stage line from Jacksboro to Weatherford, Cresson, Granbury, Stephenville, Cleburne and Waco. In the 1880s Cresson was served by two railroads and had passenger service into the 1950s. In 1903 the ranching center had two banks, eight general stores, a drug store, lumberyard, two doctors, a justice of the peace and two deputies. The present community center was originally the school that

was built in 1931 and in service until 1967. It next became the community center and has a historical marker.

Governor Drew left office and headed west seeking success. In 1876, he settled in Lipan.

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Lipan is a quiet community in the northwest corner of Hood County that comes alive each winter to the “thump-thump” sound of a basketball on a hardwood floor. Modern Lipan High School Indian teams have a state title in 1994 and 2005 and have finished second in state three times. The Lady Indians went to state in 1954, 1995, 2003, 2011 and 2012, when they advanced to their first state final. A majority of the 400 to 500 citizens in and around Lipan have deep roots, generations of their families have lived or still live there. Lipan is named for the Indian tribe that lived in the area. The county’s last Indian-settler fight happened on Robinson Creek, south of Lipan. The first settlers arrived in the Lipan area around 1853. The town was laid out by a “gentlemanly and reliable Irishman”Thomas A. Burns in the early 1870s. By 1895, Lipan was a community large enough to support several merchants, two blacksmiths, two cotton gins, doctors and schools. The first hospital in Hood County was in Lipan. The building is now the town’s community center where meals are served to senior citizens every Thursday. Evergreen Cemetery is the resting place for many of the area’s founding families, as well as one former Arkansas governor who retired penniless.

Residential and business growth is happening within the boundaries of Tolar, and on the outskirts as well. The mile-square city sits on U.S. Highway 377 between Granbury to the east and a developing countryside to the west. The population outside the city is estimated to be considerably larger than that inside the city limits. However, many of those people identify themselves with the town. Civil War veterans founded Tolar in 1870, and the town was later officially named Tolar for an official of the railroad that was built in 1884, and it was first incorporated in 1906. Before the Great Depression, Tolar had banks, mercantile stores, several groceries, an undertaker, blacksmith, saloons and a newspaper owned by Ashley Crockett, grandson of Davy Crockett from the Alamo. The area around Tolar still has a number ranching operations, with a strong emphasis on cattle, horses and hay production.

PALUXY: NAMED FOR THE RIVER Paluxy, 15 miles southwest of Granbury of Highway 51, was named for the river that runs through it. When flowing after heavy rain, the Paluxy River is known for a very swift current. In 1887, the population was estimated at 100. The population was only 76 in 1970.


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Hood County has two new parks set aside for dogs. The city of Granbury had a grand opening this spring for its Bark Park. It’s located near Moore Street, by the parking area for the city ballfields. Features of the off-leash park include obstacles for the dogs, providing play and exercise opportunities, and the big dogs are kept away from the smaller ones with a fenced-off area. There is also water for the dogs as well as their owners. All dogs at the Bark Park must be properly registered, according to Shanna Smith, communications director for the city of Granbury. The moniker, Bark Park, was unanimously selected from among more than 200 entries

in the city’s name-the-park contest. “There was a lot of community involvement,” Smith said of the park, which can be beneficial to socialization of dogs, as well as their physical fitness.

POOCH PLANTATION Residents of Pecan Plantation also have their own dog park, which had its grand opening on April 6. Pooch Plantation, an off-leash park, is behind the Pecan Activity Center. Like the Bark Park in Granbury, it also is divided with one area for bigger dogs and another for the smaller ones. Dogs and their owners go through double gates for safety before entering the park, which has a high fence. DEBBIE SCHNEIDER | HOOD COUNTY NEWS m.wilson@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 254

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NATURE CALLING: This photo shows some beautiful bluebonnets and a farmhouse in the background that was built in the 1920s at the Acton Nature Center, 6900 Smoky Hill Court in Acton. The 74 acres set aside for nature lovers just off of Fall Creek Highway features a wide variety of animal and plant life, and is open 365 days a year.

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Whether you want to hike or jog, walk your dog or just admire the beauty of unblemished nature, the Action Nature Center could be an ideal destination. The center’s mission statement says its purpose is to promote a recreational and educational venue for nature enthusiasts of all ages. The 74-acre prairie in the Acton area just off of Fall Creek Highway provides “a glimpse of the landscape of a century ago” according to its website (www.actonnaturecenter.org). It offers “the peace and quiet of nature at its finest” featuring the simple beauty of wildflowers, a large old live oak tree and a wide variety of wildlife. Billy Teels, a Rio Brazos Master Naturalist volunteer who oversees the center, said it has the feel of an even larger area. “It’s really diverse,” Teels said. “We have a really nice ravine that’s got some woods in it. There are a couple of little ponds, and the prairie up on top. It seems like more than 74 acres. “It’s one of the few places in Hood County the public can go to enjoy a natural setting. Most of the other parks are manicured.” Teels said many people would be “pleasantly surprised” by the variety of animal and plant life. “More and more people are finding out about it,” Teels said. The nature center opened in 2004. It’s open 365 days a year, from dusk until dawn. There is no admission charge.

Although the second Saturday nature walks are no longer on the center’s regular schedule, several other activities are offered. “There will be a number of events that will occur across the course of the year,” Teels said. “We still do the first Saturday bird walk every month.” Teels noted other events held at various times through the year. They include the center’s Star Party featuring telescopes brought in for awesome looks at the moon and stars, Monarch butterfly tagging in October and two Wildflower walks. The Rio Brazos Master Naturalists maintain the trails and a butterfly garden, Teels said. The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners also lend their services where needed. A 1920s farmhouse on the grounds, near the entrance, can be reserved for picnics and other gatherings. Also, a pavilion that is 60 feet long by 40 feet wide, completed in September, can be used for weddings, picnics or also reserved for various social events free of charge. Schools and day-care centers can utilize the center for convenient nature trips. “It’s a beautiful place to come and enjoy nature,” Teels said. “Bring the family and kids. We’d love to have you.” m.wilson@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 254

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DRIVING THE POPULARITY: Granbury High School boys golf coach Steve Ward watches his shot while his players Travis Benson (left) and

Justin Largent look on. Golf has long been a popular part of the attraction to Granbury, and the high school team annually excels at the

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Mention the words “going for a drive” in Granbury, and they don’t necessarily mean the same thing as one might think. Golf and Granbury go together like peanut butter and jelly. There is no shortage of places to play the great game in and around Granbury. No less than nine courses are within Granbury, Hood County or just a short drive away. And a couple, Nutcracker and Pecan, have some new greens that are the envy of many other courses. The new greens are called MiniVerde. It is also at Squaw Valley’s Links Course in Glen Rose.

PUBLIC Granbury Country Club 745 E. Bluebonnet Dr. Suite 101, Granbury 817-573-9912 Nine holes (two sets of tee boxes) 3,016 yards/2,397 yards Par 72 (36 each nine)

Apache Links Course 18 holes 7,062 yards Par 72 Comanche Lakes Course 18 holes 7,000 yards Par 72

817-578-8600 18 holes 7,239 yards Par 72

Hidden Oaks Golf Course 2701 Hideaway Bay Ct., Granbury 817-279-1078 18 holes 6,880 yards Par 72

Sugar Tree Golf and Country Club 251 Sugar Tree Dr., Lipan 817-341-1111 18 holes 6,726 yards Par 71

deCordova Bend Country Club 5301 Country Club Dr., Granbury 817-326-2381 Main course 18 holes 6,423 yards Par 70 Par-3 course Nine holes Par 27

Squaw Valley Golf Courses 2439 E. Highway 67, Glen Rose 254-897-7956

PRIVATE Harbor Lakes Golf Club 512 Mustang Trl., Granbury

Pecan Plantation Country Club 8650 Westover Ct., Granbury 817-573-2641

18 holes 6,830 yards Par 72 Nutcracker Golf Club 9500 Orchard Dr., Granbury 817-279-0936 18 holes 6,743 yards Par 72 Star Hollow Golf Club 5717 Star Hollow Ct., Tolar 254-834-3464 Nine holes (two sets of tee boxes) Par 72 (36 each nine) 2,975 yards/2,980 yards speditor@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 256


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HERE COMES THE PUTT: Rob Macumber aims a putt during a round at the disc golf course in Granbury. The sport has risen in popularity in recent years, with Granbury having its own club.

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Granbury is known for golf and its many courses - and not all are the kind that regularly come to mind. Matt Weinberg and his friends in the Granbury Disc Golf Club (GDGC) don’t use irons and woods. Instead, they use something that resembles a Frisbee as they try to play 18 holes as close to par or better. Weinberg, creator of GDGC, says it’s not expensive to get into the sport. All a person needs is a disc to get started, building their collection from there, and discs range from about $8 to $30, Weinberg said. Disc golf has been around since the late 1960s and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes/ throws. Like ball golf, each subsequent shot after teeing off must be taken from where the disc landed. And, like regular golf, it has its share of joys and

frustrations. A player may find himself playing a shot from the woods, or he may sink a 60-foot putt. A small group of people in Rochester, N.Y., started the City of Rochester Disc Golf Championship in 1971. By 1975, Ed Headrick of Wham-O decided to include disc golf in the World Frisbee Championships, and a year later he resigned to start his Disc Golf Association company. There are rarely green fees and no cart rentals with the game. Granbury has a course in City Park by the soccer fields. Pecan Plantation also has a course. The Professional Disc Golf Association has more than 40,000 members, and courses can be found all over the world. For more information on the local club/tournaments, contact Matt Weinberg at 817-9090207 or the City of Granbury Parks and Recreation Department at 817-573-7030.

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STRETCH FOR IT: Granbury High tennis player Megan Wright reaches for a shot during competition in the annual Hood County News Tennis Festival. Wright is one of numerous youths who participate annually

in the event. Tennis is growing in popularity throughout Hood County. This year, the Granbury High tennis team sent a girls doubles team to state, with Kate Bramlett and Elizabeth Morton being the first play-

ers from the school to compete at state tennis in more than five decades.

Area becoming love-fest for tennis BY RICK MAUCH

May 2013

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Long known for its golf courses, Hood County is also becoming a popular place to play tennis. Granbury High tennis coach Jeff Bramlett and Pecan Plantation tennis professional Gonzalo Nunez are two of several individuals who have led the charge to make tennis more popular in Hood County. One reason the sport is taking off, not just in Hood County but also nationwide, is it doesn’t cost much to play, said Bramlett. With a pair of tennis shoes, a racket

and a can of balls, one is set to hit the courts. Nunez is creator of the annual Hood County News Tennis Festival, an event that has helped with the sport’s local growth. There is no shortage of courts in Hood County. Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School each have four courts for public use. Pecan Plantation and deCordova Country Clubs also have courts. Pecan has six and deCordova two, and while they are part of a country club, guests can play for a nominal fee. speditor@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 256

Tennis courts in Hood County Granbury Middle School 2000 Crossland Road Always open during daylight hours. Free 817-408-4080 Acton Middle School 1300 James Road Always open during daylight hours. Free 817-408-4080

Pecan Plantation Country Club 8650 Westover Court 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (members can get a key for after hours) Free for members, $5 for guests accompanied by a member. 817-573-2641, ext. 344 deCordova Bend Country Club 5301 Country Club Drive 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Free for members, $3 for guests accompanied by a member. 817-326-2381


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TAKE COVER!: Brandon Kutas (right), manager of Fall Creek Sports (FCS) Paintball, and employee Kyle Clifton demonstrate the gear while hunkering down in a “bunker” at the facility. Kutas said he recommends

paintball for ages 9 and up. Competition features individuals or teams.

Paintball enthusiasts in for a fight BY MARK WILSON

May 2013

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Hood County visitors and residents alike looking to dive into paintball action don’t have to drive to the Metroplex to find their target. FCS (Fall Creek Sports) Paintball opened last year, and the park has already grown in popularity. That’s according to Brandon Kutas, manager of the park, at 6025 Fall Creek Highway between deCordova and Pecan Plantation. It’s just behind the Exxon Fall Creek Store, just over a mile beyond deCordova’s main entrance. It features a competition arena of more than 18,000 feet, enclosed by a mesh netting and covered to accommodate all-weather play. Kutas said that the business had a slow start, but now between 140 and 180 people will come

play on an average weekend. The most on a busy weekend is usually about 230. “We were pretty excited when people started showing up,” said Kutas, whose father Jeff Kutas owns the business. “We were wondering if it was going to be a bust or not. The first three or four weeks, nobody showed up.” Kutas joked that not only can paintball be a stress reliever as well as being fun exercise, but, “People love shooting people with fake bullets. Most of the time, parents want their kids on the other side so they can shoot them.” Brandon Kutas, a 2012 Granbury High School graduate along with employee Kyle Clifton, said that he recommends paintball for ages 9 and up. Competition features either individuals or teams trying to eliminate the opposition by “tagging” them with small shells or capsules - paintballs filled with water-soluble dye. A paintball

gun - also called a “marker” - propels the paintball shells, which smash open upon impact and release the dye. Brandon said that the “optimal” game setup is eight on eight, but noted that 15 on 15 is also lots of fun. In addition to team elimination in so-called “death” matches, another popular format is “capture the flag” - in which teams try to take possession of a flag and bring it back to their sandbagprotected bunker. A $20 pass pays for use of a protective mask and a marker. Paintballs, which cost $56 for a case of 2,000, are extra. “For people who have their own paintball gun, we do have compressed (CO2) gas,” Brandon said. “If they want to take it (the CO2) off site, it’s $7.” FCS Paintball can serve as host for birthday

parties, churches or other groups, with special prices available. Call in advance. Pizza and snacks are available at the park, which features dense protective netting around the paintball competition area. There is a picnic area outside the entrance, and Brandon said they plan to add additional tables. FCS Paintball 6025 Fall Creek Highway (behind the Exxon Fall Creek Store) 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (if customers are present). 817-326-5527 www.fcspaintball.com Covered/enclosed paintball park has more than 18,000 square feet. m.wilson@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 254


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Library continues progress, including digital world BY MARK WILSON

May 2013

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The Hood County Library continues to maintain a high profile, with multiple programs and features of interest to children, teens and adults. Courtney Kincaid, who became library director on April 1, 2011, last year completed a plan for improvement in technology. That included a self-checkout machine and adding access to e-books. The library’s “virtual branch” features both audiobooks and e-books. “I’m getting us moved forward in technology,” Kincaid said, noting that advances are being made as the budget allows. “We’re jumping ahead of the curve for most libraries our size for technology.” There are Barnes and Noble ebook readers that can be checked out three weeks at a time, loaded with up to 20 books each. They can be loaded with specific genres, such as romance novels, mysteries/thrillers/suspense/crime and best-sellers. Library card holders (card and pin number required) can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere online (http://www.youseemore.com/hood). New users will need to install free software. The library offers more than 57,600 items, and subscribes to 51 magazines and three newspapers. There are 7,332 DVDs that can be checked out. In the category of e-books, there are 389 titles from Overdrive. New titles are added monthly. Children have access to computer interactive storybooks via Tumblebooks. Through the Texas State Library TexShare Program, patrons have access to 49 scholarly databases with thousands of peer-reviewed articles for academic research. Current or near future library programs include: ■ Music and Motion Mondays at 10:30 a.m., for children up to age 5 ■ Storytime Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for pre-schoolers ■ Summer Reading Club for kids from birth to 18, from June 1-July 27. Prizes and activities all summer ■ Movie night at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays ■ Babygarten coming Aug. 6 at 1 p.m., for babies up to 18 months ■ Teen events and programs designed by teens coming this sum-

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LEARNING AT THE LIBRARY: Derek Petty, 6, puts on headphones while using one of the three children’s computers at the Hood County Library’s Early Literacy Station. The children’s computers are separate from the library’s regular computers and have no Internet connection. They do, however, feature interactive learning games. The mer and fall The library also offers these services: ■ Public Internet access ■ Computer access (word processing, spread sheets, etc.) ■ Research databases (TexShare) ■ Interlibrary loans

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newest one includes a camera children can use to take fun pictures of themselves. The library features 16 regular computers with Internet access for the general public, plus one for use with material on microfilm.

Hood County Library 222 N. Travis St., Granbury 817-573-3569 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. www.youseemore.com/hood

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SMOOTH RIDE: This boater takes advantage of calm water as the sun sets over Lake Granbury. The lake covers 7,945 acres and has 121 miles of shoreline.

Scenic Lake Granbury forms in 1969 BY DEBBIE SCHNEIDER HOOD COUNTY NEWS

The winding path of the Brazos River makes for a scenic Lake Granbury. With bluffs rising high over portions of the lake, the beauty is something to behold.

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BOAT RAMPS Six public boat ramps are located on Lake Granbury, including the Granbury City Ramp, at the west end of the Pearl Street (Business 377) bridge. The Granbury facility has a threelane launch and 46 parking spaces – each 40 feet long for easy handling of trucks and trailers. Public rest rooms at the ramp area feature self-flush toilets and heat in the winter. For safety reasons, no swimming or diving is allowed at the ramp area. The boat ramps operated by the Brazos River Authority include Thorp Spring Park, Hunter Park, Rough Creek Park and deCordova Bend Park. Construction to extend the boat ramps at both Rough Creek and deCordova Bend Parks will take place this spring to allow the ramps to be used for a longer period of time when the lake level drops. The deCordova

Bend ramp will also be widened to 40 feet. Free camping is permitted at the BRA parks. The sites are primitive – there are no hook-ups for water or electric.

STAY IN THE CHANNEL To assist with navigation on the lake, lighted channel buoys mark the way. Boaters are advised to stay near the channel markers, passing on the right. In some places, the original river channel is different than the path many boaters travel. Boaters should always use caution on the lake. Sometimes the channel can be narrow, while it’s wide in other spots. The original channel buoys are white with black markings, while the newer ones are white with red markings. The solar-powered buoy lights can assist with nighttime navigation on the lake. All bridge areas on the lake are marked as “No Wake” zones. The “No Wake” markers at the bridges are posted for safety reasons.

BOAT DOCKS Boat docks and fishing piers are

also allowed with applications available at the BRA lake office. Fees for facility permits are based on the square footage of the boathouse, dock or pier. For more information, call 817-5731407. At this time, the BRA has permitted 3,164 private dock facilities on Lake Granbury. Those owning waterfront property at Lake Granbury may obtain a permit from the BRA to install irrigation pumps (a small fee is charged) for lawn and garden irrigation.

LAKE FORMS IN 1969 The Brazos River Authority constructed Lake Granbury and the deCordova Bend dam in 1969 as a water supply reservoir for water storage. The lake, part of the Brazos River, serves as a source of water for municipalities, electric service providers, industry and agriculture. Lake Granbury covers approximately 7,945 acres with 121 miles of shoreline. It is 32 river miles long and is approximately 70 feet at its deepest point. Heat, wind, drought conditions and water supply usage may affect the

lake level, and it can fluctuate up to 30 feet, according to BRA spokeswoman Judi Pierce. In September 2011, the lake was 7 feet low, a new record. Pierce said the lake’s conservation pool is around 693 mean sea level (msl), though a lake level at 692.7 msl is considered normal.

PATROLS Sixteen gates on deCordova Bend Dam can be used to release water in the event of high water or a flood. A high-water event can bring challenges for boaters on the lake. When heavy rains run off into the Brazos River, the current through Lake Granbury brings logs and other debris floating down the lake. Lake patrols are by BRA lake rangers and a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden. Visit the Brazos River Authority website at www.brazos.org for lake regulations and more information about the lake.

MARINAS ON LAKE GRANBURY ■ Pecan Plantation ■ deCordova Bend ■ Indian Harbor ■ Lake Granbury Marina

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PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS ■ Thorp Spring Park, Highway 4 near Thorp Spring. ■ Hunter Park, N. Highway 51. ■ Granbury City Boat Ramp, Pearl Street at the lake bridge. ■ Rough Creek Park, Highway 144 near the lake bridge. ■ deCordova Bend Park, Rollins Road.

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Fishing Regulations, Records LAKE GRANBURY FISHING REGULATIONS Fish Minimum length Daily bag limit Largemouth bass............................................. 16 inches................................................................................5 (any combination) Smallmouth bass ............................................. 14 inches................................................................................5 (any combination) Spotted bass .......................................................... no limit................................................................................5 (any combination) Guadalupe bass.................................................... no limit................................................................................5 (any combination) Striped/hybrid bass ........................................ 18 inches................................................................................5 (any combination) Flathead catfish ................................................ 18 inches........................................................................................................................5 White (sand) bass ............................................ 10 inches.....................................................................................................................25 White/black crappie ....................................... 10 inches.....................................................................................................................25 Blue/channel catfish ...................................... 12 inches.....................................................................................................................25 Crappie ................................................................. 10 inches.....................................................................................................................25 Sunfish...................................................................... no limit.......................................................................................................... no limit Alligator gar............................................................ no limit........................................................................................................................1 Other gar ................................................................. no limit...............................................................................................................1 fish Trout .......................................................................... no limit................................................................................5 (any combination)

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FISHING RECORDS AT LAKE GRANBURY Species Weight Length Date Angler Method Bass hybrid striped ...............16.36 ....................32.5 ..................3-15-94 ........ Alvin Lowrance..................... rod & reel Bass largemouth ....................11.89 ................. 27.00 .....................6-3-09 ..........Royce Camley ........................ rod & reel Bass smallmouth......................... 4.7 ....................21.0 ..................4-10-93 .........Javier Gilbert .......................... rod & reel Bass striped ..............................20.03 ....................37.5 ..................2-27-95 ..........Clay Yadon ............................... rod & reel Bass white ....................................3.55 ....................19.5 ..................5-17-96 ..........Richard Pettle......................... rod & reel Bluegill ...........................................0.90 ....................8.50 ..................4-17-08 ..........Michael Meche ...................... rod & reel Buffalo smallmouth.................25.1 ....................35.5 .....................1-2-96 ..........Clay Yado.................................. rod & reel Buffalo black ............................13.20 ................ 28.00 ....................5-3-11 ..........John Meche ........................... bow & arrow Carp common ............................17.8 ....................33.0 ..................3-23-07 ..........John Meche ............................ bow & arrow Carp grass........................................ 36 ....................41.5 .................... 8-6-04 ..........Chris McPherson .................. bow & arrow Catfish channel ..........................23.5 ....................36.0 ..................12-9-76 .......... Tony Culpepper.................... rod & reel Catfish blue ..............................38.13 ....................41.5 .....................7-3-05 ..........Alan Spruill .............................. rod & reel Catfish flathead .........................49.0 ....................49.5 ..................4-17-95 ..........Greg Gaston............................ trotline Crappie white .............................1.63 ....................14.0 ..................3-19-95 ..........Colby Culver ........................... rod & reel Crappie black..............................2.41 ....................16.0 .....................1-1-02 ..........Michael Pittman ................... rod & reel Drum freshwater....................18.25 ....................29.0 .....................2-9-90 ..........James Adcock ........................ rod & reel Pacu red-bellied ........................4.58 ................. 18.63 ..................10-5-97 ..........Gerry Griffith .......................... rod & reel Gar longnose ...........................29.35 ................. 59.25 .................... 9-6-08 ..........Jeffrey Lott............................... bow & arrow Gar spotted .................................7.40 ................. 32.00 .................... 7-2-10 ..........Wright Dornak ....................... rod & reel Goldfish.........................................1.88 ................. 14.00 ....................5-7-09 ..........John Meche ........................... rod & reel Longear Sunfish ........................0.07 ....................4.50 ..................5-18-09 ..........Barry Osborn .......................... fly rod Warmuth ......................................0.60 ....................8.50 .....................6-6-09 ..........Chris Green.............................. rod & reel

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BRAZOS RIVER Species Weight Length Date Angler Method Bass hybrid striped ..............17.97 ................. 32.00 ..................1-13-08 .........Shane Davies ......................... rod & reel Bass largemouth .......................9.61 ....................24.0 .................12-6-87 ..........Jeff Finstad .............................. rod & reel Bass smallmouth......................... 7.0 ....................22.5 .....................5-7-97 ..........Chris Shafer ............................. rod & reel Bass spotted................................2.51 ................. 16.50 .....................4-7-09 ..........Paul Birinyi ............................... rod & reel Bass striped .................................53.0 ....................48.0 ..................5-27-99 .........Ron Venerable ...................... rod & reel Bass white ....................................3.64 ................. 19.50 ..................4-17-09 .........Chris Gamblin ....................... rod & reel Black Bullhead............................5.15 ................. 20.25 .................3-18-07 ..........Larry Feland ............................ rod & reel Bluegill ...........................................0.37 ...................8.50 .............. 12-29-08 ..........Michael Day ........................... fly rod Buffalo smallmouth..............22.10 ................. 30.50 .....................7-5-12 ..........James E. Raabe ...................... rod & reel Carp common .........................13.02 ....................27.5 ..................12-4-05 .......... Bennett Crow ........................ bow & arrow Catfish channel .......................21.00 ...................34.0 ............... 11-11-11 .........Joe M. Davis ........................... rod & reel Catfish blue .................................48.0 ....................44.0 ..................3-19-05 .........Bob Huffman.......................... trotline Catfish flathead .........................70.0 ....................48.5 .....................3-3-05 ..........Scott Schroeder ................... limb line Carpsucker river ........................4.15 ................. 20.75 ..................8-11-05 .........Bennett Crow ........................ bow & arrow Drum freshwater....................13.70 ................. 27.13 .....................1-3-10 ..........Kim Hunter .............................. rod & reel Gar longnose ...........................32,00 ....................58.0 .....................5-8-10 ..........Ian Reedy ................................. bow & arrow Gar alligator..............................190.0 ....................93.0 .....................6-3-95 ..........Blake Lovett ............................ rod & reel Gar spotted .................................7.10 ................. 44.00 .....................9-8-12 ..........Mitchell K. James ................. bow & arrow Mullet striped .............................2.20 ................ 16.31 .................4-20-08 ..........Kim Hunter .............................. rod & reel Sunfish redbreast .....................0.93 ....................8.75 .....................7-8-05 ..........Lamar Dickey.......................... fly rod Trout rainbow............................... 4.0 ....................20.0 ..................1-18-98 .........Bonnie Crews ......................... rod & reel Shad Gizzard ...............................2.82 ....................16.5 .....................8-1-03 ..........Alex Beasley ............................ bow & arrow

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POPULAR ACTIVITY: Lake Granbury and surrounding bodies of water have produced plenty of big fish.

SQUAW CREEK Species Weight Length Date Angler Method Bass largemouth .................... 11.17 ....................25.5 .....................2-9-97 ..........Frank Guzman ....................... rod & reel Bass smallmouth.......................5.37 ....................21.5 ..................1-16-93 ..........William Holland..................... rod & reel Carp common ............................12.1 ....................26.5 ..................3-19-00 ..........Wayne Watson....................... bow & arrow Catfish flathead .........................52.5 ....................34.5 ............... 10-16-99 ..........David Whatley ...................... rod & reel

PALUXY RIVER Species Weight Length Date Angler Method Bass white ...................................... 1.2 ................. 13.06 ..................3-10-05 ..........Chris Keese .............................. fly rod Bass largemouth ......................... 3.4 ................. 19.13 ..................7-19-05 ..........Tanner Reed............................ rod & reel Carp common ......................... 21.62 ....................31.0 ..................4-14-10 ..........John Chabina ......................... bow & arrow Carpsucker river ........................1.09 ................. 12.94 .....................5-7-98 ..........Bob Morrison ......................... bow & arrow Gar spotted .................................3.89 ................. 36.50 .....................6-5-08 ..........Jack York ................................... rod & reel


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A-1 Donut 817-573-5115 613 Lipan Highway Granbury 76048

China Cafe 817-579-7888 1401 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Firehouse Cafe 817-279-1160 1462 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Agave Tamale Company 817-579-7600 106 N. Lambert St. Granbury 76048

Christina’s Boutique and Bistro 817-579-1707 1110 N. Houston St. Granbury 76048

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 817-573-TACO (8226) 115 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

Antonio’s Italian Restaurant 817-910-0210 4426 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76049

Coffee Grinder 817-279-0977 Inside H-E-B 3804 Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Asian Grill 817-573-4841 1311 N. Plaza Drive Granbury 76048

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Babe’s Chicken Dinner House 817-573-9777 114 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048 Best Donut 817-326-5876 4919 Fall Creek Highway Granbury 76049 Big Cup Eatery 817-326-2277 3132 Fall Creek Highway Granbury 76049 Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores 817-573-7671 1110 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Brazos Smokehouse 817-579-1393 101 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048 Buffalo Gap Steakhouse & Cantina 817-573-4472 1470 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Burger King 817-579-9120 1105 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 Cari’s Restaurant 817-573-3469 2113 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Chicken Express 817-573-4800 1250 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76049

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Chick-fil-A 817-573-4424 1011 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Chili’s Grill & Bar 817-579-9402 1000 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Cotton Patch Cafe 817-579-6461 1151 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Cross Roads Cafe 254-646-2275 20174 S. Highway 281 Lipan 76462 Dairy Queen Coming soon Highway 377, near Avalon Center Domino’s Pizza 817-579-1800 1151 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Domino’s Pizza 817-326-2466 3264 Fall Creek Highway Granbury 76049 Don Melquia’s 817-326-8344 5675 N. Gate Road Acton 76049 Donut Hole 817-573-4653 806 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048 Donut Palace 817-579-8040 1709 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 Donuts Plus 817-573-6299 1741 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 Eighteen Ninety Grille & Lounge 817-533-3400 115 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048 El Chico Cafe 817-573-8833 1151 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Farina’s Coming soon on the square

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant 817-573-4920 2000 Loop 567 Granbury 76048 Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant 254-835-5289 8601 W. Highway 377 Tolar 76476 Golden Chick 817-326-2002 2620 W. Highland Drive Acton 76049 Grady’s Line Camp Steakhouse 254-835-4459 4610 Shaw Road Tolar 76476 COURTESY

Great American Grill at Hilton Garden Inn 817-579-3800 635 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048 Grumps 817-573-5000 3503 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76049 Hoffbrau Steaks 817-776-4982 315 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Irby’s Burgers & Catfish 817-573-7311 804 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048 Jack In The Box 817-573-8093 1010 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 Joe’s Pizza & Pasta 817-579-5637 512 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048 KFC 817-579-0458 2201 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Krispy Krunchy Chicken 817-326-3661 5681 Acton Highway Granbury 76049 La Fiesta Authentic Mexican Food 817-579-1275 1112 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

FINE DINING: Plenty of options available. Linda’s Southern Kitchen 817-573-1952 201 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

Nizza Pizza Pasta & Subs 817-573-7575 2200 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Long John Silver’s 817-579-1511 1001 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Nutshell Eatery & Bakery 817-279-8989 137 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

McDonald’s 817-573-0206 1101 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Pam’s Restaurant 817-573-8052 204 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

McDonald’s 817-573-9676 735 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Pam’s Too 817-326-4056 5320 Acton Highway Granbury 76049

Mi Familia Cantina & Restaurant 817-279-0382 1468 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Panda Express 817-573-8988 1031 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Miyako Restaurant 817-579-8668 715 Autumn Ridge Dr # 104 Granbury 76048

Papa John’s Pizza 817-579-1220 728 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Montana Restaurant 817-573-2500 1454 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Papa Murphy’s Pizza 817-579-7171 3906 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Montes Breakfast Burritos 817-573-0250 2202 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76049

Paradise Bistro and Coffee Company 817-573-3853 129 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

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Baker St. Harbour Waterfront B&B 817-579-8811 511 S. Baker St., Granbury

Best Western 817-573-4239 1517 N. Plaza Drive, Granbury

Dinosaur Trail Cabins & Cottages 817-573-3023 2800 S. Highway, 144, Granbury

Holiday Inn Express 817-579-9977 1515 N. Plaza Drive, Granbury

Nutt House Hotel 817-279-1207 119 E. Bridge St., Granbury

Best Western 817-396-4480 9120 E. Highway 377, Cresson

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Inn On Lake Granbury 817-573-0046 205 W. Doyle St., Granbury

Plantation Inn - Lake Granbury 817-573-8846 1451 E. Pearl St., Granbury

Brierhouse B&B 254-835-5159 7711 Colony Road, Granbury

Granbury Gardens B & B 817-573-9010 321 W. Doyle St., Granbury

Iron Horse Inn 817-993-9847 616 N. Thorp Springs Road

Classic Inn 817-573-8874 1209 N. Plaza Drive, Granbury

Granbury Inn & Suites 817-573-2691 1339 N. Plaza Drive, Granbury

Lambert Street Guesthouse 817-579-1876 215 S. Lambert St., Granbury

Comfort Suites 817-579-5559 903 Harbor Lakes Drive, Granbury

HeavenHill Guesthouse 817-894-2036 620 E. Bridge St., Granbury

La Quinta Inn & Suites- Granbury 817-573-2007 880 Harbor Lakes Drive, Granbury

Days Inn 817-573-2611 1201 N. Plaza Dr., Granbury

Hilton Garden Inn Granbury 817-579-3800 635 E. Pearl Street, Granbury

Manor of Time Bed and Breakfast 817-579-0212 121 W. Bluff St., Granbury

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Pastafina Italian Restaurant 817-279-8669 1106 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Sabor Mexicana Restaurant 817-573-6202 515 W. Bridge St. Granbury 76048

Sonic Drive-In 817-512-0111 9400 E. Highway 377 Cresson 76035

Stumpy’s Lakeside Grill 817-279-1000 2323 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Taco D 817-579-1959 206 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Pearl Street Station 817-579-7233 120 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

Saddlebags BBQ, Burgers and Fried Pies 817-579-7200 3636 Highway 377 W. Granbury 76049

Sonic Drive-In 817-573-4401 1155 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Subway 817-396-4690 9310 E. Highway 377 Cresson 76035

The Dock 817-579-8200 1003 E. White Cliff Road Granbury 76048

Pizza Hut Wingstreet 817-573-3765 1014 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Schlotzsky’s Deli 817-573-9909 1100 Waters Edge Drive Granbury 76048

Spring Creek Barbeque 817-579-7336 317 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Subway 817-279-7006 1317 N. Plaza Drive Granbury 76048

T J’s Cafe 817-573-6320 3126 Oak Trail Drive Granbury

Ribshack BBQ 817-326-4752 4021 Acton Highway Granbury 76049

Sonic Drive-in 817-326-4004 5431 Acton Highway Granbury 76049

Starbucks Coffee 817-573-0640 413 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Subway 817-578-8558 1423 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Village Bistro 817-579-9100 2800 Village Road Granbury 76049

Subway 817-910-2002 3256 Fall Creek Highway Granbury 76049 Sunny Donuts 817-573-7660 402 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 Taco Bell 817-573-4166 835 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 Taco Bueno 817-573-0226 1080 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

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Pavilions The Pearl Street Pavilion, located near the Optimist playground, can seat up to 150 people and has rest rooms. There is also the Crossland Street Pavilion, located near the softball/baseball fields. That one also can seat up to 150 people. Reservations can be made through the Parks Department. Pavilions at the City Beach and Hewlett Park also can be reserved. Those reservations are taken seven days a week through the Granbury Resort Conference Center.

Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center Named after Olympic gold medalist and former local resident Dana Vollmer, the public pool facility has a 4,280-square-foot pool ranging from 4 to 12 feet deep. The pool has a winding slide and six 75-foot swimming lanes with starting platforms. Swim lessons and parties are available to the public during the summer months. Historic Granbury Cemetery Though not technically a park, the cemetery north of downtown where the town’s namesake, General Hiram B. Granbury, is buried offers scenic views of the courthouse tower and Comanche Peak. It also offers a history lesson. Veterans of the Civil War and the Texas Revolution are buried there. Granbury Recreation Department 817-573-7030 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Granbury Resort Conference Center Pavilion reservations at City Beach and Hewlett Park 682-936-1200 Calls taken seven days a week.

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RETURN TO YESTERYEAR: Visitors to Granbury can step back in time with a visit to the Brazos Drive-In Theatre, one of the few remaining

original drive-ins in Texas. Double features are shown every Friday and Saturday night between March 1 and Dec. 1. Located at 1800 W.

Pearl St., the art deco-style theatre built in 1952 has been designated a Granbury Historic Landmark.

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Take in a show, bowl, roll Granbury is known for a city loaded with history - so much that you don’t even have to leave your car to enjoy it. The Brazos Drive-In, located just east of the high school on West Pearl Street, is proof. This vintage drive-in has been around for more than six decades. The concession stand, alone, could be considered a living museum with rare movie posters and remnants of the past everywhere you look. The Brazos Drive-In also varies from its competitors by operating with strict family values. Very seldom do they show R-rated movies. And although there is no playground equipment, children and adults are welcome to play Frisbee and other games in the grassy area in front of the screen. Young and old movie-goers

alike enjoy music from the ’50s and ’60s before each show. The drive-in is open year-round on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when Monday is a holiday, weather permitting. Admission is $20 per carload with a maximum of six persons. Each additional person is $4. Individuals are charged $10. Discounts are available to military, police and firemen. The Brazos Drive-In 1800 W. Pearl St. 817-573-1311 Friday, Saturday and Sunday when Monday is a holiday Gates open an hour before dusk www.thebrazos.com

and Saturday afternoons. Granbury Skating Rink Just down the street from The Brazos DriveIn sits another timeless Granbury attraction. Granbury Skating Rink owners Buddy and Doris Wisdom have been in business for over three decades. It features family-friendly music, a concession stand and a clean environment. The rink is open year-round with admission at $7 per skater. Sunday admission is $5. Granbury Skating Rink 1901 W. Pearl St. 817-279-8881 Friday and Saturday, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sundays, 3 to 5 p.m. Also available for private parties during week

Granbury Lanes The bowling alley remains a favorite attraction for residents and out-of-town guests. Complete with concession stand, regular leagues and even custom-drilled bowling balls, Granbury Lanes offers loads of family fun for the low cost of $4.75 per game for adults and $3.75 per game for children and senior citizens. Bumper lanes are available for children 48 inches and under. Granbury Lanes 2210 Highway 377 E. 817-279-BOWL Sunday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to midnight


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ELIZABETH CROCKETT’S GRAVE: The grave of Elizabeth Crockett, the second wife of legendary frontiersman and Alamo hero Davy Crockett, is marked by this 28-foot-tall marble monument on a 12-foot by 21foot plot at Acton Cemetery. The site was named in 1949 as a state park - and is the smallest in Texas.

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The state’s smallest state park - in memory of the wife of one of the most legendary heroes in Texas history - can be found in Hood County. Elizabeth Crockett, the second wife of Alamo hero Davy Crockett, is buried in plot at Acton Cemetery, in eastern Hood County. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it; her plot is the entire state park, 12 feet by 21 feet. It’s believed Elizabeth’s husband Davy, the storied frontiersman known as “king of the wild frontier” for his coonskin cap and sharpshooting skills, died in the battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Elizabeth was awarded 1,280 acres – about six miles from Granbury – by the Republic of Texas in appreciation for her husband’s service after he arrived from Tennessee to help with the Texas Revolution against Mexico. Her husband previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, from 1833 to 1835. A 28-foot-tall marble monument depicting a woman shading her eyes from the sun covers the grave, in honor of Texas pioneer mothers like Crockett. The statue reportedly was dedicated in 1913 before a crowd of several thousand people. The site was officially named as a state park in 1949.

Elizabeth reportedly left Tennessee with her two children and arrived to claim the land in 1856. On the website TexasEscapes.com, Mike Cox wrote that after Elizabeth hired a surveyor to mark the land’s boundaries, she gave him half the property as payment for his services. That left Crockett and her children with about 640 acres on Rucker Creek. Davy Crockett had intended to settle in the northern part of Texas, Cox wrote. He had called Texas “the garden spot of the world.” Son Robert Crockett built a small log cabin on the land claimed by Elizabeth. Two years later, he sold the first home and built another on the creek, about a half mile away. Elizabeth Crockett lived in the second home until her death on Jan. 31, 1860. Cox wrote that her apparel that day was the widow’s black she had worn since first learning of her husband’s death. She died at age 72 while taking a stroll on the land. Crockett family descendants still live in Hood County. The Granbury chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is named for Elizabeth Crockett. It was organized in 1987, with 26 charter members.

■ Acton Baptist Church, 3500 Fall Creek Highway ■ Acton Cemetery, Highway 167, Acton (about .5 miles south of North intersection of FM 167 and FM 4, Acton) ■ Acton Masonic Lodge Hall, former, FM 167 Acton near southern city limits ■ Acton Methodist Church, FM 167, Acton (about .25 miles south of north intersection of FM 167 and FM 4) ■ Acton Public Square, at North Intersection of FM 4 and FM 167, Acton ■ Add-Ran Christian College, Caraway Street and Highway 4 (west side), Thorp Spring ■ Antioch Cemetery, 4111 Tolar Highway, Tolar ■ Antioch Community, 3 mi. NW of Tolar at intersection of FM 56 and CR 108 ■ Aston House, 221 E. Bridge St., Granbury ■ Aston-Landers Building, 113 Bridge St., Granbury ■ Baker-Carmichael House, 226 E. Pearl St., Granbury ■ Baker-Doyle Building, 123 N. Houston St., Granbury ■ Baker-Rylee Building and Town Square Service Station, 210 E. Pearl St., Granbury ■ Bowden-Kennon House, 505 W. Doyle St., Granbury ■ Brown House, J.D. and Georgia, 118 W. Bluff St., Granbury ■ Bull Stone House, John W., from Granbury, take FM 51 south about 14.5 miles to FM 205 west and turn southwest immediately onto CR. Follow CR about 2.7 miles southwest then take gravel road south about 1/10 miles. ■ Bush-Morgan Cherry Building, 115 N. Houston St., Granbury ■ Colony Cemetery, The, 4 miles west of Granbury on U.S. 377 (actual cemetery site is on private property) ■ Comanche Peak, from Granbury, take SH 144 about 3 miles south ■ Cresson School, 9304 Pittsburgh St., Cresson ■ Crockett’s Bounty (private property), Granbury ■ Crockett, Elizabeth, FM 167, Acton, in Acton Cemetery (about .5 miles south of intersection of FM 167 and FM 4, Acton) ■ Crockett, Grave of Elizabeth, FM 167, Acton, in Acton Cemetery (about .5 miles south of intersection of FM 167 and FM 4, Acton) ■ Daniel House, 107 Bluff St., Granbury ■ Daniel-Harris Home, 403 W. Bridge St., Granbury ■ Doyle, James Hogan and Mary Kate Stringfellow, 123 W. Doyle St., Granbury ■ Fair, The, 115 Bridge St., Granbury ■ First Baptist Church of Granbury, 1851 Weatherford Hwy, Granbury ■ First Christian Church of Granbury, Highway 377 western city limits, Granbury (not Business 377) (original frame church located 2 blocks east of courthouse square at corner of Bridge Street and Brazos Street), Granbury ■ First National Bank, 101 Bridge St., Granbury ■ First Presbyterian Church of Granbury, 309 W. Bridge St., Granbury ■ Gafford House, W.D. and Essie, 361 S. Caddo St., Lipan ■ Glenn Brothers Building, 109 Bridge St., Granbury ■ Glenn Cemetery, U.S. Hwy 377, CR 157, Tolar ■ Gordon Home, 307 E. Pearl St., Granbury ■ Granbury Cemetery, Moore St and Hwy. 51 North, Granbury ■ Granbury House, 104 E. Pearl St., Granbury ■ Granbury Light Plant, Corner of North Ewell

and North Brazos, Granbury ■ Granbury Methodist Church, Corner of North Ewell and North Brazos, Granbury ■ Granbury Opera House , 116 E. Pearl St., Granbury ■ Granbury Railroad Depot, 109 E. Ewell St., Granbury ■ Granbury, General H.B., 100th block of Pearl Street, Granbury Courthouse lawn; and Granbury’s Texas Brigade, 100 block of Pearl Street, Granbury; Courthouse Square, Granbury ■ Hannaford Building, E.A., 130 N. Houston St., Granbury ■ Hannaford House, E.A., 126 S. Lambert St., Granbury ■ Hardware and Tin Shop, 107 Bridge St., Granbury ■ Harris Building, 114-118 East Pearl Street, Granbury ■ Haynes-Burns-Ewell Building, 106 E. Pearl St., Granbury ■ Hightower Herring School, Weatherford Highway ■ Holderness-Aiken House, 321 W. Bridge St., Granbury ■ Hood County Courthouse, 100 block of Pearl Street, Granbury Courthouse lawn, Granbury ■ Hood County Jailhouse, 208 N. Crockett St., Granbury ■ Hood County News, 1501 S. Morgan St., Granbury ■ Hood, General John Bell, 100 block of Pearl Street, Granbury courthouse lawn, Granbury ■ Lees-Bryan House, 121 W. Bluff St., Granbury ■ Martin Cemetery, 5 miles east of Lipan on FM 4 to Diamond A Ranch, then 2 miles down main ranch road through two gates ■ Mitchell Bend Cemetery, 5.5 mi. south on SH 144, 2 mi. east on FM 2425, 3.5 mi. south on county road, 0.1 mi. west on cemetery road. ■ Nubbin Ridge Cemetery, 7.5 mi. south on Hwy 144 to FM 2425, 0.5 mi. off FM 2425 on Nubbin Ridge Cemetery Rd ■ Nutt Building, J.F. and J., 117 E. Bridge St., Granbury ■ Nutt Home, David L., 319 E. Bridge St., Granbury ■ Schultz Blacksmith Shop, 201 E. Bridge St., Granbury ■ Smith-Savage House, 826 N. Thorp Spring Rd., Granbury ■ Stockton Bend Community, 2100 Yucatan. ■ Stroud Creek Cemetery, 2800 Stroud Creek Court, Tolar ■ Temple Hall United Methodist Church, 5601 Temple Hall Hwy. ■ Thorp Spring Cemetery, 2803 Clay St. ■ Thrash-Landers-Hiner House, 201 W. Pearl St., Granbury ■ Tolar Tabernacle, 104 Donley St., Tolar ■ W.M. Miller Cemetery, 2359 Miller Ct., Granbury ■ Walker House, Dr. William & Eunice, 315 W. Bridge St., Granbury ■ Warren, Ora Nutt, and Allie T., (homestead) ■ Wells Cemetery at Elm Flat (private property) ■ Wright-Henderson-Duncan House, Spring Street and SH 144, near FM 51, Granbury Source: Texas Historical Commission Go to http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm for locations and maps.


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