Granbury, Texas

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Granbury is a city in Hood County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 5,718. It is the county seat of Hood County[3] and the principal city of the Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Granbury is the home of Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell, who assumed the position in a special election in June 2010. Birdwell is a survivor of the attack on The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on September 11, 2001.

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History

Founded in 1863, Granbury started as a square and log cabin court house. Many of the buildings on the square are now registered historic landmarks, including the Granbury Opera House, which still hosts Broadway productions. The city name originated from the Confederate General Hiram B. Granberry. Some scholars believe his name was misread as Granbury on a document, thus the city name is spelled differently, but recent findings have concluded that Granberry chose to spell his name Granbury.[4] Recent expansion of the city was possible from the damming of the Brazos River in 1969, which formed Lake Granbury, a long, narrow lake which flows through the city.

Granbury and Hood County are rich in Texas history. David (Davy) Crockett's wife, Elizabeth, settled in Hood County following the Texas Revolution against Mexico. Crockett, as well as other Alamo participants, received land grants. The Crockett family received land in what is now Hood County. Elizabeth Crockett is buried in Acton State Historic Site, the smallest state park in Texas. A large statue of Elizabeth Crockett marks her grave site. Several of Crockett's descendants still reside in Hood County.

Jesse James is reported to be buried in the City of Granbury Cemetery. Contrary to the popular legend about James, it is believed by many, including many of his adult grandchildren, that James changed his name and lived to old age in Granbury.

John Wilkes Booth, according to Granbury legend, moved to Hood County and assumed the name of John St. Helen. There is a store on the historic town square that is still called St. Helen's.

Education

The Granbury Independent School District consists of 21 campuses. They include Granbury High School, STARS Academy,Transition Center (BTC), Granbury Middle School, Acton Middle School, Mambrino School, Brawner Intermediate, Oak Woods Intermediate, Crossland Ninth Grade Center, Acton Elementary, Nettie Baccus Elementary, and Emma Roberson Elementary. Granbury is a 4A District, since 2008. Granbury ISD. In 1999, boys soccer won the 4A state championship in Texas.

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