Hood County Court House and the square

These pictures were taken April 29, 2003
during one of our trips to investigate Granbury as a possible new home for us.

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The Historic Hood County Courthouse

Just about everything that happens in Granbury is centered on the courthouse square.
Merchants doing business in restored historic buildings that surround the courthouse.
Some time in the past, city fathers paved a strip of court house lawn for much-needed parking spaces on the square. The near-by city hall offers free parking as does another free parking lot block from the square. The city enjoys a lot of income from tourists and tries to make it convenient for them.

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Crocket Street On The Square

Housed in a former corner filling station, the Pearl Street Pasta House offers excellent Italian cuisine. Weather permitting they operate a sidewalk cafe under the overhang. Next door, The Pan Handle sells a large variety of kitchen tools, dishes and accessories. Next to that comes Granbury Live a theater that features popular professional Branson-style entertainment. It provides a great evening of entertainment.

At the far left side of the picture is an historic hotel that operates as one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area, and houses a gourmet restaurant downstairs.

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General Hiram B. Granbury

was a popular Civil War hero for whom the town was named.
The county was named for General John Bell Hood, his commanding officer.

Courthouse Square is a frequent venue for festivals. Arts & Crafts, carnival rides or you-name-it are offered here on week ends nearly every month. They clear out the parking lot in order to erect booths. Street-side parking is restricted. The square becomes one big mall.

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Bridge Street On the Square

Sandwiched between a bank on the left and the hotel on the right, antique dealers enjoy the restored space on the square. There is even space for lawyers and realtors on the square!

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