Glen Rose, Texas

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Glen Rose is a city in Somervell County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,122 as of the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Somervell County.[3] The general location is 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Glen Rose is part of the Granbury micropolitan area.



Glen Rose is located at 32°14′12″N 97°45′14″W / 32.23667°N 97.75389°W / 32.23667; -97.75389 (32.236637, -97.753823)[4], around the junction of U.S. Highway 67 and State Highway 144 in central Somervell County. The city is situated nearly 17 miles (27 km) south of Granbury and 52 miles (84 km) southwest of Fort Worth.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km²), all land.


The area was first settled in 1849 by Charles Barnard, who opened a trading post near Comanche Peak. After the region became a federal Indian reservation in 1855, Barnard moved his business to Fort Belknap. Circa 1859 when the reservation was abolished, he returned to the area and built the first store on what is now the site of Glen Rose.[6]

A three-story stone gristmill was constructed along the Paluxy River and the town that grew up around it became known as Barnard's Mill.[5] The mill was sold to T.C. Jordan of Dallas in 1871 for $65,000. Jordan's wife, a native of Scotland, decided to rename the town Rose Glen to reflect the area's natural surroundings.[6] The citizens later voted to call the community Glen Rose.[7] A post office opened in 1874.

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